Press Release Contact:
Jenise Lucey, Executive Director
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
$86,600 Grant Awarded to Berkshire South from the Lennox Foundation for Youth Intervention Expansion
The Lennox Foundation has awarded an $86,600 grant to Berkshire South Regional Community Center for the expansion of the Teen Outreach Nutrition Exercise (TONE) program. TONE is one of twelve programs in the Community Center’s Youth Intervention/Prevention Curriculum (YIPC) which is designed to reduce risky behaviors among middle and high school youth enabling students to achieve their physical, mental, and social goals. TONE is a critical component of the Center’s ongoing efforts to help youth build lifelong healthy habits. Through the funding provided by Lennox, the Center is able to expand TONE from one level to three by providing teens access to the Center through their entire high school career. The Lennox Foundation will cover program implementation costs and help the Center outreach to more teens.
Teens in grades 9 thru 12 are eligible to participate. The program begins with an individual fitness assessment with an orientation session and teens are guided through the three tiers. Participants attend exercise classes, nutrition and cooking demonstrations, and workshops on subjects including pairing health with lifestyle, leadership and mentoring, and the value of education. They also complete community service projects such as helping with Community Suppers, trail clearing, or Center improvements.
With this funding, participants will progress through 3 levels. TONE ONE offers a 3-month trial period where upon completion of requirements, students earn a free 6-month membership and access to the next level. TONE TWO is a 6-month challenge program with added requirements of completing mentor training and upon completion, receive a 12-month membership and access to next level. TONE THREE requirements involve leadership, college and career readiness, as well as a focus on post high-school wellness planning. By the completion of TONE THREE, students will have demonstrated a true commitment to healthy lifestyle.
The TONE program is free and operates year round and accepts applications on a continuous basis. Students interested in joining TONE should pick up a packet at the front desk or in the fitness office. For more information, contact the program coordinator at TONE@berkshiresouth.org or call the fitness office at 413.528.2810 ext. 35.
Berkshire South’s mission 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 Regional Community Center is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay.