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1Berkshire Welcomes Youth Leadership Class
08:07AM / Sunday, April 17, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire welcomes its 12th class into the updated and relaunched Berkshire Youth Leadership Program.
 
This group of 32 rising high school juniors from across the Berkshires were selected through a competitive application process to begin a year-long leadership development program that kicks off in June 2022 with a three-day, three-night retreat to be held at the newly-renovated Camp Arrow Wood retreat.
 
The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is focused on helping students in the region develop and grow through career opportunity awareness, leadership skill development, and the design and completion of a 10-month-long collective-impact project focused on positively impacting the Berkshires. 
 
Selected students have shown a significant capacity to grow their leadership skills and a desire to have a positive impact on their communities.
 
Over the next 12 months, these 32 students will convene at locations all around the Berkshires to participate in workshops, have group dialogues, learn from speakers and one another, and to develop and execute their selected collective-impact project. 
 
With a renewed focus on sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion, this year's program will also aim to engage students in discussions that create reflection and new levels of self-awareness associated with global citizenry and cultural competence. 
 
"With the support of an engaged steering committee, a community of regional stakeholders and industry leaders, and a renewed energy and structure, we are beyond excited to be relaunching YLP with this incredible group of students," Ben Lamb, director of economic development and program director of the Youth Leadership Program said. "The success we have seen from past graduates of this program, and the impact they have made in their own communities is immense. We look forward to helping this incoming class continue that legacy of collective impact here in the Berkshires and out in the world."
 
The 2022-2023 Youth Leadership Class participants are:
  • Natalie Arnhold - Pittsfield High School
  • Shaun Astorino - McCann Technical High School
  • Nick Beckman - Lee Middle & High School
  • Alex Bills - Wahconah Regional High School
  • Mira Boyer - Mt. Greylock Regional High School
  • Ian Bridges - Lenox Memorial Middle & High School
  • Bella Garivaltis - Mt. Greylock Regional High School
  • Sophie Gentleman - Miss Hall’s School
  • Jack Goodman - Lenox Memorial Middle & High School
  • Che Guerra - Mt. Greylock Regional High School
  • Emma Kate Hane - Mt. Greylock Regional High School
  • Zoey Hawkins - Drury High School
  • Kira Johnson - Lee Middle & High School
  • Finn Jolly - Lenox Memorial Middle & High School
  • Kylie Knysh - Taconic High School
  • Bella Kotek - Lee Middle & High School
  • Emmett Krantz - Taconic High School
  • Svea Lawson - McCann Technical High School
  • Terra Lim - BART Charter Public School
  • Megan Linick - Avenues The World School
  • Abby Malumphy - Pittsfield High School
  • Cormac Mathews - Lenox Memorial Middle & High School 
  • Lucy McWeeny - Mt. Greylock Regional High School 
  • Aliza Munch - Lenox Memorial Middle & High School
  • Emily Ouellette - Mt. Greylock Regional High School 
  • Amber Passetto - Wahconah Regional High School
  • Andrew Petropulos - Mt. Greylock Regional High School
  • Quin Repetto - Mt. Greylock Regional High School
  • Audra Rock - Taconic High School
  • Julianna Salinovici - BART Charter Public School
  • Amity Santiago - Pittsfield High School
  • Claire Steinman - Wahconah Regional High School
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