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Get Involved in National Drugs Fact Week

posted Oct 12, 2012, 11:03 AM by Maria Geueke   [ updated Oct 12, 2012, 11:03 AM by Query Media ]

National Drugs Fact Week (NDFW) is January 28–February 3, 2013. This is an opportunity for teens to interact with scientists and other experts about drug abuse. Help teens shatter the myths about drugs by hosting and promoting an event during the week of January 28 to February 3, 2013. To help you, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides a toolkit with step-by-step suggestions for planning and promoting your event.

Register your event today and help provide our Nation's youth with the facts they need to succeed and make healthy decisions. By registering, you will have access to NIDA staff who can offer advice about successful events and information on how to get free NIDA materials designed for teens. Be a part of this health observance! NDFW offers teens essential, science-based information about drug abuse and addiction!

To access the National Drug Facts Week Toolkit, click here.

To register your event, click here.

Are you a musician? Do you play music?

Submissions Wanted for GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens! Make Music Contest

NIDA encourages young musicians age 14–18 to participate in the third annual GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares® Teens! Make Music Contest, now being coordinated by Winners will be announced during NDFW. This contest provides a great opportunity for teens to share their thoughts through original music and/or music videos about healthy choices and the dangers of drug abuse. Winners win cash and a backstage experience at the GRAMMY Awards rehearsal in Los Angeles!

To learn more about the MusiCares® Contest, click here.

Submissions must be postmarked by December 3, 2012.

Sign Up for Green Jobs Training Program Today!

posted Sep 20, 2012, 11:21 AM by Maria Geueke   [ updated Sep 21, 2012, 6:59 AM by Query Media ]

Sign Up for our Green Jobs Training Program Today!

Learn the skills needed to work in insulation, air-sealing, and energy auditing

The Brick House is lucky to be working with Co-op Power again to bring this program to the community! to fill out the registration form, and we'll be in touch with you prior to the beginning of the program.

Preference will be given to out-of-school youth ages 16-25, and to individuals with low- to moderate-income.

October is LGBT History Month!

posted Sep 14, 2012, 8:34 AM by Maria Geueke   [ updated Sep 14, 2012, 8:34 AM by Query Media ]

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. Search the entire LGBT History Month database of 186 Icons —from 2006 to 2011—by Icon name or by more than 200 tags including Academy Award, Athlete, African-American,  Author, Composer,  Entrepreneur, Germany, Lesbian, Politics, Transgender and Washington, D.C.
Click here for more information on LGBT History Month and learn how to embed LGBT History Month videos on your Web site or blog.

Sign Up for our Green Jobs Training Program Today!

posted Apr 20, 2012, 10:34 AM by Corey Haynes   [ updated Apr 20, 2012, 10:34 AM by Query Media ]

The Brick House is re-opening registration for our Green Jobs Training Program. Learn the skills needed to work in insulation, air-sealing, and energy auditing!

We're lucky to be working with Co-op Power again to bring this program to the community! Fill out the registration form by clicking the link below, or give us a call at 413-863-9576.

In the program, you'll learn the about the principals of energy efficiency and the skills needed for proper installation of insulation and air-sealing. Program graduates will have access to internship and job opportunities!

Preference will be given to out-of-school youth ages 16-25, and to individuals with low- to moderate-income.!

Work 17 - Youth Led Movement To Change Voting Age To 17

posted Mar 13, 2012, 2:24 PM by Corey Haynes   [ updated Mar 13, 2012, 2:26 PM by Query Media ]

As a result of the 2009 needs-based assessment conducted by teen for the City Council Candidates Forum, our organizing teen found that one of the most pressing issues for young people in our city was youth civic disengagement. Teens asked all City Council candidates if they would support lowering the voting age in Lowell to 17. All but one agrees to support the measure. In November 2010 City Council Patrick Murphy entered a motion to create a home-rule petition to lower the voting age in Lowell to 17 for municipal elections. On December 14, 2010 the Lowell City Council voted to accept the motion to lower the voting age and send a home-rule petition to state legislators. After reviewing the home-rule petition, Lowell Representative Kevin J. Murphy filed the petition with the House Clerk with the support of Representative Tom Golden and David Nangle and Senator Eileen Donoghue. 

UTEC's local organizing teens have been working hard on this campaign because they believe that lowering the voting age in Lowell's municipal elections will:
  • Increase voter turnout
  • 17 year old will be more inclined to turn out at the polls because they are directly affected by local policies created by City Council and the School Board Committee
  • Increase the number of civically knowledgeable citizens in Lowell
  • Combined with a comprehensive civic course that would be taught in high schools, 17 year olds will be inclined to learn about their government and cast an informed vote.
  • Allow Lowell's teens to have a voice in their community and government that most directly affects them
  • Youth voices go unheard and yet they make up the largest percentage of Lowell's population. Being able to vote will give them a chance to make their opinions and concerns counted.
Find out more information here:

Free Workshop to Promote Yourself in the Digital World

posted Jan 25, 2012, 1:19 PM by Corey Haynes   [ updated Jan 25, 2012, 1:19 PM by Query Media ]

Donna DuSell, Youth Programs Coordinator at Franklin-Hampshire Regional Employment Board will be training participants to create an online employment portfolio (much like a resume, but more interactive and web-friendly - and also good for people who have diverse skills but less concrete professional experience). 

The workshop is FREE and open to the public. Youth participants who sign waivers will be featured on FHREB's website and Donna will connect them with potential employers. There is a travel stipend available for youth participants who take the class and successfully use their e-portfolio to find a job. 

The workshop will take place at The Brick House, 24 3rd St. Turners Falls, on Saturday, January 28 from 10am-3pm. Find out more or register at

Shout Out! Above the Influence - Helping Teens Stand Up To Negative Pressure

posted Jan 10, 2012, 10:14 AM by Corey Haynes   [ updated Jan 17, 2012, 8:55 AM by Query Media ]

“Above the Influence, a Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, is inspired by what teens have told us about their lives, and how they deal with the influences that shape their decisions. 

Every teen's life is filled with pressure, some of it good, some of it bad. Our goal is to help teens stand up to negative pressures, or influences. The more aware you are of the influences around you, the better prepared you will be to face them, including the pressure to use drugs, pills, and alcohol. We're not telling you how to live your life, but we are giving you another perspective and the latest facts. You need to make your own smart decisions. We want teens to live Above the Influence.” 

Shout Out! Above the Influence at Turners Falls High School is transitioning into the next part of the project, Expressions! Now that the youth have expressed what negative influences they are above, we are going to explore what keeps them that way. Expressions will let students really express what things in their lives keep them above the influence in an artistic way! Keep an eye out for the upcoming Expressions art! 

The group meets Mondays and Thursdays in Hipolito Baez’s room, M127, from 2:30-4:30pm. New participants always welcome! Just show up, no sign up necessary.

For more information, contact Emily Shea,

Community Projects and Events Specialist
Community Action Youth Programs
154 Federal St, Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone: (413)774-7028 x7
Fax: (413)774-7565
*Building Youth, Building Community*

Don't Throw That Away!

posted Dec 1, 2011, 9:49 AM by Jared Libby   [ updated Dec 1, 2011, 9:49 AM by Query Media ]

The GMRSD is launching a comprehensive compost program for food and paper waste. This program goes way beyond traditional backyard compost programs in that ALL food is acceptable, plus paper waste such as milk cartons, napkins, paper towels, paper plates. 

This is a waste diversion method that diverts a significant amount of materials out of landfills and into a compost facility. The compostable waste will go to Martin's Farm in Greenfield. These programs are already successful at many local schools, including Pioneer, Erving, Sunderland, Whately, Deerfield, UMass, and more.

TFHS and GFMS students attended a special assembly, The ACE Climate Assembly. This is a link to the presentation.

For more information, contact Robin Harrington,

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