The Forum: Pittsfield eighth-grader honored for community center work


PITTSFIELD -- Shakia Green, 12, was named the June "S.A.Y. It Proud" award winner by the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership.

A rising eighth-grader and honor roll student at Herberg Middle School, she was nominated for the honor by staff members at the Glady Allen Brigham Community Center.

The award was presented after Green participated in a theatrical performance she and her peers helped write through the center's collaboration with WAM Theatre.

S.A.Y. It Proud -- Supporting and Acknowledging Youth -- is a campaign to recognize individual youths in the city who are involved in positive activities, making good choices working to better themselves and their community.

Green's nominators said the student is one of the most helpful youths at the center. "She is always looking for ways to help, is the first to sign up for a task, works with the little kids in the day care center, and continually asks if there is anything she can do," the staffers said. "She is unfailingly cheerful and good-natured."

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation also features Green in its "You Can Make a Difference" campaign.

In the campaign, Green talks about the center, which houses programs by Girls Inc., and supports young women in learning to become role models.

"I taught my two sisters how to make friends in school and how to stand up to bullies," Green said. "Girls Inc. has given me freedom to be who I am and express myself."


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