BUSINESS DOCUMENTS: applications for the Youth Leadership Program are open; Lee Bank announces beneficiaries; MountainOne acquires Cross Insurance; Jewish federations adds Meador

Second-year students of any Berkshires school and home-schooled equivalent age students can apply for 1Berkshires Youth Leadership Program until February 11. BYLP 2019 Cohort Photo Courtesy of 1Berkshire

1Applications for Berkshire Youth Leadership Class 2022-2023 are open

PITTSFIELD – 1Berkshire’s Berkshire Youth Leadership Program has relaunched and is accepting applications for the YLP class of 2022-23.

The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, open to all current sophomores in the Berkshires, selects a cohort of 30 motivated students from all walks of life for a 10-month experience that will allow them to explore the regional economy and develop their leadership skills. Once selected, students will begin the program with a 3-day, 3-night retreat from June 9 to 12 at the end of their second year. At the retreat, students will meet for the first time, begin to make connections, and learn and advance their individual leadership skills.

Over the next 10 months, students will meet again for a full day each month at various locations across the Berkshires (or virtually, in extreme weather conditions). During these sessions, students will meet with business leaders and community members to learn about sectors and careers in the regional economy, including, but not limited to, advanced manufacturing. , healthcare, non-profit organizations and community services, the creative economy, hospitality and tourism. Students will develop leadership traits through activities during the sessions and, as a class, will develop and execute a collective community impact project that will improve life in the Berkshires.

This program is made possible by the continued financial support of Berkshire Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union and others. The 1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program is coordinated by 1Berkshire with the support of the Volunteer Youth Leadership Program Steering Committee, made up of professionals from across the region who dedicate their time and expertise to develop and facilitate the overall program.

Until the February 11 deadline, sophomores of any school in the Berkshires and equivalent age home-schooled students can submit a request for the program.


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Lee Bank Foundation announces fourth quarter community funding

LEE Lee Bank Foundation awarded $ 68,560 to 12 organizations in the Berkshire region in its 4th round of 2021 Community Grants. Recipients have received grants ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 20,000 to support their local programming. The awards include a series of arts access grants for arts and culture organizations to expand access to programming for underserved audiences.

The following organizations have received funding from the Lee Bank Foundation:

  • 18 degrees
  • Barrington Theater Company
  • Berkshire Busk!
  • Berkshire Community Action Council
  • Berkshire Immigration Center
  • IS183 School of Fine Arts
  • Latinas413
  • South Berkshire Literacy Network
  • Mass MoCA
  • NAACP Berkshire County Branch
  • Youth project of the railway street
  • Youth Education and Sport Initiative (YES)

Arts Access Grants of $ 1,000 each have been awarded to Berkshire Busk! and the IS183 art school.

In its first year, the Lee Bank Foundation received over 90 grant applications for its four funding cycles. The deadline for the first round of funding for the 2022 Foundation is March 1. The app and more information can be found on the Community Impact Section from the Lee Bank website.

To be considered for grants, applicants must be a non-profit organization (501) (c) (3). The Foundation focuses on funding programs that aim to bridge the income and opportunity gaps in our region. Funding requests must reflect one or more of the Foundation’s main areas of intervention:

  • Education and Literacy
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Economic growth and development
  • Health and personal services
  • Mentoring, internship and “school to work” initiatives
  • Arts and culture

Applicants can only submit one application per 12 month period.


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MountainOne announces the acquisition of Cross Insurance in Pittsfield

Photo courtesy of MountainOne

PITTSFIELDMountainOne Insurance Agency recently announced the acquisition of Cross Insurance in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. This acquisition makes MountainOne Insurance the largest agency based in the Berkshires in terms of clients under management. MountainOne plans to retain the entire Cross Insurance team, which will bring the combined agency to 50 employees at six locations in Berkshire County.

“The acquisition of Cross Insurance reinforces MountainOne’s commitment to the communities we serve,” said Jonathan Denmark, President and COO of MountainOne Insurance Agency. “The combined agency will now be able to offer products and solutions from an expanded list of insurance companies.”

Cross Insurance was formed in 2016 when Cross purchased Bardwell, Bowlby & Karam Insurance Agency and Colt Insurance Agency, both located in Pittsfield. “Although the name will change to MountainOne Insurance, the location will remain at 101 South Street in Pittsfield. We are delighted to expand our presence in downtown Pittsfield and continue the traditions of excellence for which Cross and previous agencies were known, ”said Denmark.

MountainOne has been helping clients navigate the banking, insurance and investing landscape for nearly two centuries. It has deep roots in Berkshire County with MountainOne Insurance dating back to 1867 and MountainOne Bank to 1848. For generations MountainOne and the original companies that make up the modern entity have been dedicated to customer service and the provision of valuable financial solutions.


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Jewish Federation Adds Molly Meador as Volunteer Coordinator, PJ Library

Molly Meador. Photo courtesy of the Jewish Federation

PITTSFIELD – The Jewish Federation of Berkshires recently announced the appointment of Molly Meador as the PJ Volunteer and Library Coordinator. In his new role, Meador will further develop the network of volunteers committed to the work of the Federation and oversee the local PJ Library program, which provides free Jewish-themed books and music for children, and organizes fun family outings. and educational.

Meador moved with his family to the Brooklyn Berkshires in 2020 and has held administrative, production and creative roles with theater companies in New York City. She recently worked as a producer for the Keen Company’s Teen Festival and as an Associate Artistic Director for TheatreworksUSA. In addition, she has worked with the Atlantic Acting School, the Signature Theater Company, and the Manhattan Theater Club.

Meador graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and majored in theater. She has also been a guest teacher / artist at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), NYU-Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), Stella Adler Studio, NYU Steinhardt School, and SUNY New Paltz.

PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is locally funded by the Jewish Federation of Berkshires with support from the Spitz Tuchman Family Fund and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Berkshires. The program provides free monthly books and music with Jewish content to children aged 6 months to 8 years.


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