Press Release – For Immediate Release

Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC)

Berkshire South Announces Arrival of Emerson Badessa as Youth Development Manager

Berkshire South Regional Community Center is pleased to announce that Emerson Badessa has begun his role as the Center’s Youth Development Manager. This position leads the charge in the specialized Youth Intervention/Prevention Curriculum at Berkshire South.  A Rhode Island native, Mr. Badessa is a graduate of Springfield College with a sport management major and business minor. He planned a career in sports event management; however, after working in programs at the Silver Bay YMCA at Lake George, he realized the nonprofit world was in fact his calling.

Most recently with Project Adventure, Emerson’s skills in event management and leadership development, as well as his experience as a challenge course facilitator, youth mentor, and in summer camps align perfectly with the strengths required for this position. The Youth Development Manager heads multiple initiatives that comprise the Community Center’s YIPC program encompassing education, teaching decision-making skills, changing behavior, and self-regulation. This position ensures the Center’s ability to provide a multi-faceted YIPC Program offering age-appropriate instruction, constructive challenges and fun-filled activities to young people from 2.9 years through college. Emerson holds responsibility for the development, implementation, management and evaluation of intervention and prevention-based programming within the Center as well as serving as a resource for the community at large.

He is responsible also for the coordination and management of operations and programs related to Berkshire South’s intervention and prevention scope, as well as the outcomes of these initiatives. Included are the Center’s Community Academy; the Experiential Internship Program; Teen Outreach, Nutrition, and Exercise (TONE) program; Teen Leadership Training, middle school dances and events and the anti-bullying initiative. He has already streamlined and strengthened TONE and is excited by plans for the Internship Program. Emerson is particularly motivated by the many opportunities that directly draw on his past experience allowing him to hit the ground running to effectively plan and expand Center programs.

“This position is the lynchpin of our YIPC programming,” Program Director Laura Harner noted. “We rely on the Youth Development Manager to ensure continuity in response to youth needs, serve as liaison to the community, and provide program consistency, outreach and engagement. We are so fortunate now to have Emerson on board.”

The Center is looking forward to an exciting summer full of fascinating, thought-provoking, inspirational and engaging programming, including our Teen Leadership Training (TLT), the new Learn to Lead (L2L) and this year’s Action Adventures Day Camp. Please call 413.528.2810 for information, or stop by the Center to greet Emerson and wish him well.

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay.