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1Berkshire Launch Youth Leadership Class Applications
08:04AM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire's Berkshire Youth Leadership Program (YLP) announced that it has relaunched and is accepting applications for the YLP class of 2022-2023.
The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, open to all current sophomores in the Berkshires, selects a cohort of up to 30 motivated students from all backgrounds for this ten-month experience that will allow them to explore the regional economy and develop their leadership skills. 
Once selected, students will begin the program with a 3-day, 3-night retreat from June 9-12, at the conclusion of their sophomore year. At the retreat, students will meet for the first time, begin to build deep connections, and learn about and advance their individual leadership skills.
Over the following ten months, students will reconvene for one full day each month, held at various locations across the Berkshires (or virtually, in the case of severe weather conditions). During these sessions, students will meet with business leaders and community members to learn about sectors and careers in the regional economy, including but not limited to advanced manufacturing, healthcare, nonprofits and community service, the creative economy, and hospitality and tourism. 
Students will develop leadership traits through activities within the sessions, and as a class, will develop and execute a collective community impact project that will enhance life in the Berkshires. 
"Students have a unique opportunity to grow as individuals and as members of a community spanning the Berkshires, while both cultivating a deep understanding of career opportunities available to them in the region and working together on a project that makes a positive impact in the region they call home," Ben Lamb, Director of Economic Development at 1Berkshire and program coordinator of the Youth Leadership Program said
Until the Feb. 11 deadline, sophomores from any school in the Berkshires, and equivalent-aged home-schooled students, may submit an application for the program.
Please contact with any questions.
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