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nbCC’s March Forum Topic: Mental Health and Youth

It is that time of year again when teenagers of the UNITY Youth Leadership Program (YLP) are offered the reins of the monthly forum to present a topic they find pertinent to their lives in the Northern Berkshires. These young leaders truly value the opportunity to have their voice heard and to be able to explore a topic of their choice with a room full of adults.

In order to accommodate different schedules, the forum has been scheduled for Monday, February 26th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at The Green located at 87 Main Street in North Adams. The youth of YLP, which includes teenagers ages 14 to 19 from 4 different area high schools, will lead a discussion on different aspects concerning young people’s mental health.


Here’s what to expect:

  • Learn about various ways to reduce stigma and how to help youth struggling with mental illness
  • Participate in a Q&A discussion with youth from YLP and a professional panel.
  • Who should be there? Youth workers, parents, young people, and community members concerned with helping youth.

The forum will begin with a round of introductions followed by brief announcements of your upcoming events or new projects. Please bring flyers about your events and announcements, as there will be a table available for sharing them. The forum will be held on Monday, February 26 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at The Green, located at 87 Main Street. Also note that the organizers of the Friendship Center Food Pantry ask friends who attend the nbCC forums to please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the pantry. For more information on this forum, please contact Tim Shiebler, at (413) 663-7588 or

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in Northern Berkshire County, Massachusetts by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community. It places particular emphasis on strengthening neighborhoods and community life; preventing alcohol/substance abuse; fostering economic development; mitigating poverty; supporting positive youth development and building bridges between residents and service agencies. For information visit


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