Ten North County high school students successfully completed their summer work experiences on August 5th as participants in the 7th annual North County Summer Youth Works Program!

As part of the program, funded by the First Congregational Church of Williamstown and MountainOne, the ten young adults spent the past six weeks participating in safe, work-and-learning and community service activities including employability skill and cultural awareness training at Hoosac Valley High School, planting & harvesting the Drury High School gardens for donations to the Berkshire Food Project with Jen Munoz, Growing Healthy Garden Program Director and Environmental & Social Justice training with Leslie Svilokos and Aretha Whitehead from Greenagers, Inc. Youth also participated in weekly field trips to engage in community-service learning throughout the region at April Hill Farm/Greenagers, The Brien Center, Berkshire County House of Correction Aquaponics Lab, UNO Community Center and Many Forks Farm.

For their final projects, the youth participants developed Public Service Announcements for Greenagers Inc., North Adams Growing Healthy Garden Program, and the Berkshire House of Correction’s Aquaponics Lab.

Berkshire Workforce Board staff Heather Shogry-Williams and Kat Toomey along with Program Coordinators Michele Boyer-Vivori, and Molly Meczwor recruited, selected, and mentored the youth throughout the program with continued support from MassHire Berkshire Career Center who provided weekly stipends to the participants.

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The North County Summer 2021 Youth Works participants are Cambria Church, Maryn Cappiello, Musa Thompson, Emma Meczywor, Mallory Mazzeo, Molly McLear, Faith Domenichini, Austin Alfonso, Abby Bird, and Ryan Czupryna.

A celebration to honor the youth participants was held at Hoosac Valley High School on August 5th.

Please visit the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board Facebook and Instagram pages to view the youth participants’ profiles, pictures from their work this summer, and their PSA’s!

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