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  • Youth Leadership Development Programming

    Agency: Community Action Pioneer Valley

    Community Action's Youth Leadership Development and Diversity Support programs provide opportunities for development of youth leadership, organizational, and social skills through community engagement, social activities, and service learning projects.

    Generation Q is a confidential social support group focused on connection & community for LGBTQIA+ youth ages 14-21 in Franklin & Hampshire Counties. We are currently meeting virtually and are moving into a hybrid model in the near future. Our weekly workshops are on Tuesdays from 4-6, and on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 and on Thursdays from 2-4 we have peer support and community connection sessions. Contact tlionheart@communityaction.us for more information. Gen Q Middle School hosts a peer support group for middle-school aged LGBTQIA+ youth and meets virtually on Mondays from 3-4:15. Contact jursanova@communityaction.us for more information.

    Shout Out! is a program for youth to gain leadership and activism skills as they make a change in their schools and community. This is a youth-led, weekly group for ages 14-21. Participants will receive stipends for their involvement. Meeting schedule TBA for the fall. Contact ldavis@communityaction.us for more information.

    Youth Action Board (YAB) meets weekly to combat youth & young adult homelessness. Participants must be ages 14-24 and live in Hampshire, Franklin (or North Quabbin), or Berkshire counties, and many members have lived experience of homelessness. YAB meets virtually on Thursdays from 4-6, and participants earn $30 per meeting with additional paid opportunities each month. Contact gwelch@communityaction.us for more information.

    The Youth Access Partnership (YAP), is a collaboration between the Community Health Center, CHD, and Community Action Youth Programs to increase access to quality health care for youth ages 14-24, with a focus on LGBTQIA+ youth, youth of the global majority, and youth with complex trauma/low income. With youth leadership, we are building partnership among the three organizations to make policy/systems changes, offer training for providers, and create new wellness programs. Contact relwellsocci@communityaction.us for more information.

    The Youth Partnership for Social Change & Healing Justice is building on YAP's work to increase access to community resources. An aspect of this partnership includes the development of a youth-led Youth Council to build skills and processes around healing justice and enact social change.

    Stand Up is a weekly social support group for youth of color ages 14-21. Come together and present your strength and resiliency despite living in a racist society. Group meets Mondays at the Family Center, 90 Federal St., in Greenfield from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. There are no eligibility requirements.

    • Youth Programs (Greenfield)
      Fax: (413) 774-7565
      Business Line: (413) 774-7028
      154 Federal Street
      Greenfield, MA 01301

    • 155 Pleasant St., Unit #1 (Northampton)
      CR&A Information and Referral: (413) 582-4237
      CR&A Fax: (413) 582-4248
      Healthy Families: (413) 387-1270
      Fuel Assistance: (413) 774-2310
      VITA Free Tax Assistance: (413) 376-1136
      Main Office Fax, Franklin County: (413) 773-3834
      Main Office: (413) 774-2318
      155 Pleasant St.
      Unit #1,
      Northampton, MA 01060

    Agency: Community Action Pioneer Valley

    Languages Offered: Enrollment assistance available in Spanish; all programming conducted in English.

    Eligibility: Programs are open to youth from Franklin and Hampshire County and the North Quabbin area, ages 14 to 21.

    Area(s) Served:
    • Athol, Worcester County
    • Petersham, Worcester County
    • Phillipston, Worcester County
    • Royalston, Worcester County
    • Hampshire County
    • Franklin County

    - Housing Counseling

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