Programs for young people to ignite their creativity, support their ambitions, discover opportunities, and realize their dreams.

Safe Spaces

The Safe Spaces programming offered at 18 Degrees aims to increase resilience, offer emotional and social support, and promote social connectedness. Our programming is designed to build a sense of belonging, encourage and foster social connection, strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence, increase safety through education awareness and risk reduction, and build youth leadership. The Safe Spaces programming provides a safe, inclusive, equitable, accessible, and healthy space for youth and young adults, to live out loud and be their authentic selves.

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Pittsfield Community Connection and West Main Connection

18 Degrees works with young people in Pittsfield and North Adams to provide support, guidance, and advocacy, so they have access to opportunities to build a life of possibility and hope.  Staff provide support and guidance through the many challenges young people face, and advocacy to overcome barriers.  We do this through case management, mentoring and workforce development.

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Kids 4 Harmony

A free intensive classical musical program for youth in Pittsfield and North Adams.  Inspired by El Sistema model of music for social justice change, Kids 4 Harmony focuses on musical excellence to grow skills and confidence, engage families, and build community.

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The Family Resource Center 

Families, children, and youth looking for support services and information can find it here, at the Family Resource Center.  Services are available to anyone regardless of income, insurance or resident status.

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Youth Permanency Connections

What happens when a foster child turns 18?  According to the National Resource Center for Youth Services, more than 20,000 adolescents exit the foster care system each year without full preparation for adulthood. The transition to adulthood can be difficult to navigate, especially for youth in their late teens or early 20s who have spent most of their lives in state care. Together with community partners, 18 Degrees provides resources and support designed to prepare them for their future as confident, self-sufficient adults in our community.

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