Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
413.528.0397
lmarchi@berkshiresouth.org

NBT Bank to Support Anti-Bullying Initiative at Berkshire South

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center has received an award of $500 from NBT Bank to support their Anti-Bullying Initiative programming. The support provided by NBT Bank will be specifically used to help launch participation in the National Bullying Prevention Month this coming October, a campaign held during the entire month that unites communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Children in programs at the Community Center during the month of October will participate in projects that reinforce how to recognize, report and refuse bullying. A specialized component of the curriculum, “Bystander Power”, will teach the students that they can be a part of the solution; knowing that all who see bullying or know about it also have the power to make change.

Berkshire South’s Anti-Bullying Initiative is part of their Youth Intervention/Prevention Curriculum (YIPC). YIPC initiatives include free and low-cost activities for elementary, middle, high school and traditional college-age students. YIPC programming provides an extensive support network for these students, each program building off the success of the previous one and enabling students to achieve their physical, mental, and social goals.

To learn more about the Community Center’s Anti-Bullying Initiative and YIPC, please visit www.berkshiresouth.org, call (413) 528-2810 ext. 30, or stop by Berkshire South to talk with one of the friendly staff members.

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, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay.