North Adams, MA - The S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices. unhealthy behaviors.
The Northern Berkshire Youth Collaborative believes that our community values the good choices our teens make and how hard teens work. In the past two years, a survey of 8th, 10th and 12th graders in Northern Berkshire County revealed that teens do not feel their neighbors recognize the good things they do nor do neighbors encourage teens to do their best. Studies show that rewarding young people for positive activities help them to feel bonded to their community, thus reinforcing their commitment to healthy behaviors and lowering their risk for engaging in. We also believe it is important to respond to this gap our youth have identified in our community. The "S.A.Y. It Proud" column will be one way for adults to do this. S.A.Y. stands for Support and Acknowledge Youth.
We are seeking nominations of individual young people ages 11 to 19 that participate in positive activities, make healthy choices, and/or work hard. Submissions may range from 50-500 words. Please include your contact information as well as the contact information of the youth and their guardian, as we will need to contact you if they are to be interviewed for the North Adams Transcript. Send submissions to S.A.Y. It Proud c/o Kathy Keeser at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to nbCC, 61 Main St. Suite 218, North Adams, MA 01247.