Letter: Youth Leadership Program offers valuable experience

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To the editor:

I am a member of the steering committee for 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program. The application for the program for 2019-2020 is now on line and is due by 11:59 p.m.on Friday, Feb. 22.

If you are a sophomore attending a Berkshire County high school, public or private or home schooled, maintain an 80 grade point average and want to learn more about yourself, the community and broaden your circle of friends from North, Central and South County than please apply. Look at 1Berkshire's website or email the Youth Leadership Program at YLP@1Berkshire.com or phone 413-499-1600.

The Youth Leadership Program is an intense 10-month experience during junior year. A mandatory retreat starts Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 at Williams College. The program concludes with a mandatory commencement in early May 2020.

The Youth Leadership Program is a way to meet community leaders. For example, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, YLP students learned about government, public service and volunteerism and voting. The group was convened by Police Chief Mike Wynn and Superintendent Bill Ballen at the Pittsfield City Council chamber where they were introduced to Mayors Linda Tyer and Tom Bernard, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, District Attorney Andrea Harrington and Attorney Jeff Cook. The students were encouraged to dream, leave room for the unexpected, collaborate, communicate, network and VOTE.

Later the students met with the community leaders to brainstorm transportation issues facing the Berkshires. They learned how to brainstorm, listen to each other and how to negotiate and build consensus. These basic leadership skills apply to daily life as a student, family member and citizen as well as useful to build future careers.

To find out more check-out 1Berkshire's web page. Try it you might like the Youth Leadership Program.

Marietta Rapetti Cawse,




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