Amber Parody, a Pittsfield High School senior and member of the Helen Berube Teen Parent Program poses with program executive director, Heather Williamson,
Amber Parody, a Pittsfield High School senior and member of the Helen Berube Teen Parent Program poses with program executive director, Heather Williamson, after Parody received the November 2013 S.A.Y. It Proud award. (Photo courtesy of Pittsfield Prevention Partnership)

PITTSFIELD -- Amber Parody, a senior of Pittsfield High School, who is a member of the Helen Berube Teen Parent Program, was named November's S.A.Y. It Proud award winner.

Parody is the mother of a 6-month-old daughter, Cynthia, and is working toward graduating high school.

The high schooler was nominated for the award, presented by the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership and Berkshire United Way, by her teachers.

Her teachers say Parody has a 100 percent rate of attendance and "is punctual, respectful and always ready to work."

"Amber has made her education a priority," said another teacher. "She comes to school on time each and every day no matter how difficult that might be."

In nominating her for the award, yet another teacher wrote, "Amber is an enthusiastic student and a joy to work with."

The S.A.Y. (Supporting and Acknowledging Youth) It Proud award is currently in its second year of partnering with The Eagle to honor local youth for their resilience and community contributions. The campaign aims to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices.

Over the past two years, a survey of eighth-- 10th and 12th graders in Berkshire County revealed that teens do not feel their neighbors recognize the good things they do nor do neighbors encourage teens enough to do their best.

Studies show that rewarding young people for positive activities helps them to feel bonded to their community, thus reinforcing their commitment to healthy behaviors and lowering their risk for substance abuse, violence or engaging in other risky or unhealthy behaviors.

Learn more at pittsfieldpreventionpartnership.org.