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Positive Youth Development Impact Council

Let’s recognize the good as well as promote it.

This Berkshire United Way community-led coalition works to increase youth access to positive, healthy opportunities to flourish. Together we coordinate resources across the county and agencies to help laser-focus youth towards future college and career planning using real-time, data-based interventions and program monitoring.

You Help Us Achieve

REDUCED TEEN PREGNANCY
Since 2006, the countywide teen birth rate has reduced by 63%. 

INCREASED GRADUATION RATES
We connect hundreds of at-risk youth with one-on-one mentoring, college exploration and internship opportunities.

LOWER RATES OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE

  • 8th grade marijuana use reduced 46% based on 30-Day Study Results
  • 8th grade alcohol use has reduced 69% based on 30-Day Study Results
  • 10th grade alcohol use has reduced 43% based on 30-Day Study Results
  • 8th, 10thand 12th grade tobacco use has reduced 59% based on 30-Day Study Results

INCREASED PROTECTIVE FACTORS
After school programs, arts programs and opportunities to shine in affirming activities promote more positive, informed choices.

LOWERED RISK FACTORS
Safe havens, healthy outlets, personal connections and qualified interventions from a community that demonstrates we value our youth leads to more successful community members upon adulthood.

To learn more, contact Julie Singley at 413.442.6948 x32 or jsingley@berkshireunitedway.org.

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