Updated Food & Meal Site Listing for Berkshire County (2/8/24): https://5il.co/2el6l The updated listing includes information about CHP's Food for All program. For more information and the schedule: chpberkshires.org/family/food-for-all Food for All is CHP's mobile farm stand, which travels to CHP practice locations each week loaded with food grown by local farmers. Stop in on pickup days and grab a bag filled with produce from local Berkshire farmers. Everyone deserves healthy, local food! CHP makes that happen. Have questions? We can help! Give us a call at (413).528.0457. SNAP Outreach flyers (English & Spanish) from the Food Bank of W. MA and the WIC informational flyer for families with young children: https://5il.co/2el6k https://5il.co/2el6j
Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP Zoom, 2/13 from 5-7 pm Open to all! Join us on Tuesday February 13 from 5-7PM. Register at https://forms.gle/VJs1tbHuYxoTdvEu6
New Year, New Skills with Girls With Impact’s Business & Leadership Academy Seen in The New York Times Families - Exciting news! We've teamed up with Girls With Impact to offer your daughters FREE tuition for their 10-week Business & Leadership Academy, all thanks to their generous partner, The Women's Foundation of Boston. Starting the weeks of February 12 & March 11, this program delivers an immersive learning experience for young women aged 14-24. Attend just one class a week from anywhere, and empower yourself with essential Business and Leadership skills. Plus, enrolled students get a shot at the Girls With Impact Venture Competition, where the top winner receives $1,000 in seed funding for their business idea or educational pursuits. This opportunity is your ticket to a head start in college and your future career. Our proven e-learning approach has paved the way for countless young women's success, and we're confident it'll do the same for you. Enrollment is OPEN NOW for our February 12 & March 11 sessions, but spots are filling up fast. Don't let this chance slip away. Join us to build your skills and craft a brighter future today! https://youtu.be/m3g9qtMMfqQ?si=_mZPN3r7P0yeK76R More information can be found here: https://5il.co/2ekub
CSAs available at Full Well Farm! They accept SNAP and HIP. See flyer for details.
The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is currently accepting applications for the class of 2025. The deadline to apply is February 16th. This is a year-long program for Juniors in high school and Junior-aged homeschool students in Berkshire County. It kicks off with a 2.5 day retreat June 7-9, then monthly day-long sessions from August thru March with graduation being in April 2025. This is meant to be a program that serves and elevates those who have not necessarily had access to robust leadership development opportunities previously, not just the "top students" in a district, as they find those students grow the most through participation. They aspire to have representation from every district in the county and the program is capped at 30 participants. For more information on the program, here is the link. https://1berkshire.com/1berkshire-programs/youth-leadership-program/ Current sophomores can use the direct link to the application found here: https://form.jotform.com/233314847456158
Upcoming programming at the North Adams Public Library!
Upcoming programming from the Family Center!
COLORISM 101: HISTORY, HOW IT WORKS, RESISTANCE STRATEGIES ON FEBRUARY 7, 2024 AT 6 PM The NAACP, Berkshire County Branch invites the public to join the branch and our special guest Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Williams, Dr. VaNatta S. Ford for Colorism 101. During this presentation Dr. Ford will discuss the history of colorism, how it functions, and strategies to resist colorist behaviors and practices. Colorism has been defined as the privileging of light skin tone over dark skin tone. The stigma of colorism continues to produce discord, distrust, discrimination, and cultural disconnects between Black and White individuals as well as within the Black American family and community. Join us on Zoom using link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87125061409?pwd=a1dJcndqdVpOMzBTc0dtaW1HbWNMQT09
The next North Adams Mobile Food Bank will be on Friday, 2/2, from 11am to noon at the Brien Center (American Legion Drive). All are welcome! There are no requirements to participate. FREE grocery and produce items are provided by the Food Bank of W.MA.
Registration is now open for the Berkshire County Youth Lacrosse Spring Season. Please follow this link for more information: https://berkshirecountylacrosse.leagueapps.com/
Upcoming nbCC youth-led forum. See flyer for details.
Food for All is CHP's mobile farm stand, which travels to CHP practice locations each week loaded with food grown by local farmers. Stop in on pickup days and grab a bag filled with produce from local Berkshire farmers. Everyone deserves healthy, local food! CHP makes that happen. Have questions? They can help! Give them a call at (413).528.0457. For a full listing of locations: chpberkshires.org/family/food-for-all 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month | 1-2:30 PM CHP North Adams Family Medical and Dental 71 Hospital Avenue, North Adams 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month | 1-2:30 PM CHP Adams Family Services 19 Depot Street, Adams
Last Friday, NAPS staff attended the MSAA/MIAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit at the College of the Holy Cross. While there, they heard from students and educators from across the Commonwealth about bystander interventions, creating inclusive spaces in the digital world, and more! We're excited to move this work forward together. @miaa033 @MassachusettsSchoolAdministratos'Association
Upcoming programming in our community.
There is an upcoming webinar related to youth vaping and building positive relationships with youth happening on January 23rd at 12:00. See link for details. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OoEIpR_rQQmSdsgXAi75-Q#/registration?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=11da3a57-7fe5-4f6f-9ebf-0f6362e304b2 Join Parents Against Vaping Founding Partner, Mimi Boublik, for a virtual conversation with nationally renowned parenting expert, best-selling author and Founder of Parenting Horizons, Julie Ross, to discuss critical topics for parents and anyone who works with pre-teens through young adults. Ms. Ross will share her parenting expertise and answer questions live from attendees. Topics include: How to build a trusting relationship with our kids (and why!), how to talk to our kids about vaping and substance use, what to do when parents discover their kids are vaping or using other substances, how to parent with heart when kids are struggling with addiction, and more! Be sure to submit your questions for Julie Ross when you register.
North Adams Mobile Food Bank Friday, 1/19 11am to noon All are welcome! There are no eligibility requirements to participate. FREE produce and grocery items are provided by the Food Bank of W. MA. The Food Bank also has SNAP Outreach staff that can help folks apply for SNAP benefits. Folks can call the Food Bank’s SNAP line at 413.992.6204 and one of the Coordinators can quickly tell you if you’re eligible and help you apply for SNAP benefits over the phone. See flyer for details. https://www.foodbankwma.org
MASS MoCA Free Day! Saturday, January 27th See flyer for details
Energy Efficiency for Children and Adults! Looking for a fun activity for your kids to do on a Saturday afternoon? Want to learn more about how weatherization can benefit you and the environment as well? Williams College, in collaboration with MCLA, is hosting a two-part weatherization education event! While the kids create a fun (and useful) draft stopper, join us in a presentation about weatherization: what it is, how it can help save you money, and how you can access it. If you don't have kids but are still interested in attending the presentation, wonderful—we would love to have you! This event will take place from 2 pm-3:00 pm, Jan 20th at Milne Library. See flyer for details.
Winter Nature Explorers February 20-23, 1-5pm Outdoor nature adventure at Sheep Hill for ages 5-9 See flyers for details.
BERKSHIRE ROBOTICS CHALLENGE 2024 Due to popular demand, the Berkshire Innovation Center is adding an additional house team for the 2024 Berkshire Robotics Challenge. This BIC Team will practice at the new BIC Works @ MoCA in North Adams starting in January. If you are a 4th grade student interested in STEAM, robotics and coding, they would love to have you join them! Team BIC WORKS will meet on Mondays from 3:30 - 5:30 PM at BIC Works on the First Floor of MASS MoCA building 2. Interested in joining or coaching? Email: email@example.com