Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Lennox Foundation awards major youth development grant to Berkshire South

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is thrilled to announce an award of $100,000 from the Lennox Foundation to support their Youth Intervention/Prevention Curriculum (YIPC) programming. The Lennox Foundation has been a strong supporter of Berkshire South’s youth initiatives for many years. The Lennox Foundation assistance has made possible our Teen Outreach Nutrition Education program, Teen Leadership Training, Youth Fit Club, middle school social events through the Youth Advisory Committee, Experiential Internship Program, Community Academy (an alternative to out-of-school suspension), and more.

Over the past 12 years, Berkshire South has offered a wide range of fun and educational programs to help engage young people and promote healthy behaviors in our community. YIPC initiatives include free and low-cost activities for elementary, middle, high school and traditional college-age students such as fitness and leadership development programs, community service opportunities, internships, before and after school care, summer camp, and outdoor recreation at various sites such as Lake Mansfield swimming lessons, Housatonic Park playground, and the town Skate Park. All of these programs are underscored by Berkshire South’s Anti-Bullying Initiative, which works to raise awareness and educate everyone about what they can do to fight bullying in our community.

Berkshire South operates in partnership with local towns, school districts and other youth-serving nonprofits, striving to build community-wide connections that support the positive development of our youth. Families are encouraged to take advantage of Berkshire South as a safe, enriching place for youth during their out-of-school time. To learn more, please visit our website,, call us at (413) 528-2810, or stop by the Center to talk with one of our 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.