1Berkshire YLP 2021 Commencement

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1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program Celebrates Class of 2021 Commencement

May 5, 2021 – Berkshire County, MA – On Tuesday, May 4, 1Berkshire had the great pleasure of celebrating the commencement of the Youth Leadership Program’s Class of 2021 via Zoom. Having completed the entirety of this 10-month leadership program, 31 students shared the products of their collective impact projects with attending family, friends, and regional leaders, and were recognized for their program completion. The Class of 2021 is the 11th class in the program’s history.

This was a year unlike any other for the Youth Leadership Program. Though the class applied to the program prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health guidance precluded in-person meetings throughout the course of the year. As a result, from their kickoff retreat over the summer through their Commencement, the students have participated in the program virtually.

For their collective impact project, the class was organized into five groups and they chose to focus on the broad topics of racism and the environment. Each group of students addressed these topics in its own way. Students created social media accounts on the topic of racism in schools and in society more broadly, organized an anti-racism workshop to be held for their peers featuring an expert from Multicultural BRIDGE, created a social media campaign around reducing the impacts of fast fashion and reducing waste locally, and organized a park cleanup.

Program Director Ben Lamb noted in his remarks that “The past year has been challenging and uncertain for us all, but [the Class of 2021] truly rose to the occasion. [The class] did not shy away from addressing some of the most daunting issues our society faces, and showed a flexibility and persistence for which we should all be proud.”

The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is made possible through the financial support of sponsors Berkshire Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook, and with additional support this year from Neenah Technical Materials and NBT Bank. The program is coordinated by 1Berkshire with the dynamic support of the volunteer Youth Leadership Program Steering Committee. Co-chaired by Karen Ruiz Leon of Berkshire Community College and Matthew Martin of Mildred Elley, this committee is composed of professionals across the region who commit their time and expertise to develop and facilitate the monthly sessions for the class and offer them advice as they look to their own futures.

Please join 1Berkshire in congratulating the newest Berkshire Youth Leadership Program alumni:

Commencement Participate

Isabella Ameen
Pittsfield High School

Commencement Participate

Jordynn Bazinet
Pittsfield High School

Madilynn Brothers
Drury High School

Lauren Callahan
Pittsfield High School

Madison Crouse
Pittsfield High School

Zachary Davignon
Drury High School

Bronwyn Dix
The Potter’s School

Jonathan Douhan
Pittsfield High School

Sydney Ferris
Pittsfield High School

Jonah Hane
Mount Greylock Regional School

Julianne Harwood
Lenox Memorial Middle & High School

Alex Henner
Pittsfield High School

Solia Herndon-Schmid
Lenox Memorial Middle & High School

Micah Ketchen
Mt. Everett Regional High School

Cecilia Kittross
Lenox Memorial Middle & High School

Isaac LeBlanc
Berkshire Waldorf High School

Alexa MacDonald
Drury High School

Grace Makuc
Mt. Everett Regional High School

Madelyn Malumphy
Pittsfield High School

Catherine McAllister
Mount Greylock Regional School

Tess McCluskey
Pittsfield High School

Elli Miles
Drury High School

Madeline Nesbit
Drury High School

Leila Paredes
Pittsfield High School

Thomas Peterson
Drury High School

Alyssa Potvin
Pittsfield High School

Zachary Pupo
Pittsfield High School

Jocelyn Sommers
Wahconah Regional High School

Alexis Toomey
Mount Greylock Regional School

Sienna Trask
Miss Hall’s School

Isolena Ungewitter
Pittsfield High School

About 1Berkshire

1Berkshire is a county-wide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region as a preferred place to visit, to live, and to grow a business. It provides programs that connect businesses with each other and with potential customers and works to develop future leaders and support entrepreneurs. For more information, visit 1Berkshire.com.

About Berkshire Youth Leadership Program

The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program seeks to develop young individuals to be the next generation of community leaders; preparing them for constructive and responsible involvement in community affairs, while also thinking seriously about career pathways. Throughout the 10-month program, juniors from Berkshire County high schools explore our community – its resources, leadership, issues, and opportunities. They explore civic responsibility and the various roles they can play in their communities to inspire a life-long commitment to the Berkshires. For more information, contact Ben Lamb, blamb@1berkshire.com

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