Youth

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

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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Rap, Inc. 

Rap Inc. is a new youth development pilot program using the art and business of hip-hop music to draw upon and develop the talents and interests of young people – particularly young people of color,  as a way to build greater self-sufficiency.

Rap Inc. provides young people with a true-to-life laboratory to acquire and grow the skills involved in the field of hip-hop music, to help overcome the life challenges, which so often stop them from reaching for and achieving their own visions for their lives. With a design specifically for teens, and by drawing upon an art form that is born of African-American culture and embraced by young people, the program engages them in a process of learning industry skills and applying those skills to launching a rapper and producing a showcase performance.

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Young Women’s Initiative

18 Degrees in partnership with the Women’s Fund of Western Mass leads the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI), a national project aimed at creating prosperity for young women, particularly young women of color who are residents of Springfield.  This leadership development program will develop mentoring relationships with adult Steering Committee members, investigate barriers, explore solutions, and make recommendations for change in their community.

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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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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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