Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 33 years!

UNITY is a youth development program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

OUR MISSION is to bring together diverse groups of adolescents in spaces and initiatives that allow them to express themselves while learning to become leaders in their community and their own lives.

OUR GOAL is to encourage local youth to strive for personal and artistic growth in a safe and supportive environment.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Tim Shiebler at 413-663-7588.

U N I T Y stands for: United, Neighboring, Interdependent, Trusted Youth

The opportUNITY to be powerful.

Teen Writing


Youth Leadership


411 in the 413

Collaborative Projects

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Are you an aspiring poet or just love writing poetry for fun? Working on your first (or fourth!) novel? Do you write stories to explore some of the things you’re dealing with in your world right now? Or maybe you’re someone who hasn’t done much writing but is looking for a creative outlet to work through some issues and questions. If any of these describe you, then the Teen Writing Workshop (TWW) might be the right place for you!

Open to all youth ages 14-19, with writing materials provided. The workshop is taught by two teaching artists who specialize in helping young people find, strengthen, and share their unique voice and typically runs from October through April. No application required, just stop in on any Tuesday! For more information, contact Tim Shiebler at or (413) 663-7588.

“There is an immeasurable amount of emotion that fills the room every week and it lingers until the next week. The space is needed for teens to have a safe place to share and come together.” –Chris, TWW

If you could change one thing about your community, your school, or yourself, what would it be? Our Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is the perfect place to come explore this question and work to make positive changes in yourself and in the world around you. We engage a diverse group of 20 teens in 30 weeks of leadership training and service project development running during the school year. For more information, contact Tim Shiebler at or (413) 663-7588.

“It was the most amazing feeling getting to look at a completed project in front of you. We would be tired and hot, and it was all worth it knowing that we were really helping the community”. –Crystal, YLP

The 411 in the 413 Youth Conference is planned by a group of youth and adults from the partner organizations of the Berkshire Youth Development Project to bring young people together to explore, debate, and address topics of interest.

The goals are to foster relationships between youth, raise awareness around issues, present options for involvement, and provide information about current youth-related topics. All Berkshire County public high schools are invited to send up to 10 students each to participate at no cost.

Northern Berkshire Youth Collaborative (NBYC): NBYC is a monthly meeting of staff from youth-serving organizations and schools that features networking and mini-trainings on youth work topics. Meetings are held in the nbCC conference room from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, September through June. All community members who are interested in youth issues are welcome to attend. Bring your questions and your lunch! To join the NBYC email list, click the "Contact UNITY" tab and send us a message!

Berkshire Youth Development Project (BYDP): BYDP is a partnership of youth development workers in Berkshire County.  BYDP allows for youth development workers in the county to grow in their practice by developing relationships, sharing and learning best practice and collaborating on projects. The group meets monthly and collaborates on countywide events including the Rx Round up, Youth Workers Summit, and the "411 in the 413" youth conference.

Contact Us

You can call the UNITY Program Coordinator at (413) 663-7588 or send us an e-mail and we'll reply as soon as possible.

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61 Main Street, Suite 218  |  North Adams. MA 01247  |  Tel: (413) 663-7588  |  Fax: (413) 663-9877