At-Risk Youth

Berkshire Farm Center

Student Liaison:  Isha Singh ([email protected]) Williams at Berkshire Farm Center (WBFC) works with at-risk youth both on and off campus. These youth come from Berkshire Farm Center (BFC), a residential treatment center in Canaan, NY. They are males ages 12-18 who have committed some sort of minor infraction and have been court-ordered to stay at

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Brayton Elementary After School Tutoring

Student Leaders: Christine Tanna ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Molly Polk Meeting Time/Place: Monday-Friday at Brayton and Colgrove Elementary Each semester, Williams students have the opportunity to serve as tutors and mentors to K-7th grade students at the Brayton Afterschool Program in North Adams. Williams volunteers work closely with teachers to improve literacy, as well as inspiring a general

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Break Out Trips

In 2013-2014, the Chaplains’ Office and Center for Learning in Action began coordinating funding and advising for Break Out Trips over spring break that involve projects in and beyond the Berkshires region.  A general interest survey, detailed advice, guidelines, timetable, a Proposal Form, Budget Calculator, and additional resources are available at learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bot.

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Class of 1959 Teach New York Winter Study Program

This Winter Study course features a 2-3 week teaching practicum in a resource-challenged New York City public or charter school (2013 Course Enrollment: 12). Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected] and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/courses-teaching/teach-in-new-york-city.

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CLiA Community Outreach Associate

Help CLiA build community engagement at Williams by serving as one of our academic year Outreach Associates.  Outreach Associates work on event and program organization, preparation and promotion.  They also help with program logistics, reflection and revision in an area or on an issue of special interest. Additional Information & Application: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/clia-community-outreach-associate/

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CLiA Community Outreach Summer Internship

The Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) is looking for a summer intern to help build better community service and experiential learning opportunities at Williams.  This 8-week, 35-hour/week position reports to the CLiA Director and is open to rising Sophomores and Juniors. Additional Information & Application: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/community-outreach-summer-internship  

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CLiA Office Assistant

The Center for Learning in Action hires students to assist in various aspects of our office and program operations during the academic year. Additional Information & Application: http://learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/clia-office-assistant

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Converging Worlds

Founding President: Yazmine Nichols ’15 ([email protected]) Student Leaders: Anna Pomper ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Weekly / Paresky Converging Worlds is an organization that advocates and organizes against mass incarceration and social injustices in the prison system. Through a variety of different programming and initiatives, Converging Worlds seeks to raise awareness about how institutionalized

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Elizabeth Freeman Center

In the name of Elizabeth Freeman and countless women who have struggled before us, and for the sake of their families and the generations yet to come, the Elizabeth Freeman Center commits to working toward a world free from violence and all forms of oppression. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/elizabeth-freeman-center/

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Give It Up!

Students collect clothing, books, & other leftovers from fellow students at year’s end. Donations are sold in the Tag sale at First Congregational Church in September. Proceeds benefit the 46-year-old ABC (A Better Chance) program for inner-city teens attending Mt. Greylock. Donated food, personal care products and cleaning supplies are brought to St. Patrick’s food pantry. Books

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Leaders Working

Student Leaders: Eduard Ciobanu ([email protected]), Justin Edwards ([email protected]), Anand Hemmady ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Gail Newman ([email protected]) Leaders Working is a Williams College extracurricular organization dedicated to helping low-income high-achieving high school juniors and seniors of primarily underrepresented minorities gain access to higher education through a cohesive mentoring program. Leaders Working Website  

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Mohawk Forest Mentoring Program

Student Leaders: Julia Yarak ’18 ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: Monday-Friday 3-5 PM The Mohawk Forest program takes Williams students most weekday afternoons (3-5pm) to Mohawk Forest, an affordable housing community in North Adams. At the Mohawk Forest Community Center, we help children on their homework, play games, make crafts, and serve as mentors for the kids.

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

The mission of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) is to improve the quality of life for people in northern Berkshire by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/northern-berkshire-community-coalition

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Pittsfield Prevention Partnership / Berkshire United Way

The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership unites the community in order to produce positive youth development by reducing youth substance abuse rates in Pittsfield. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/pittsfield-prevention-partnership-berkshire-united-way

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Postive Pathways Partnership (P3)

This partnership with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, begun in 2015, supports educational access for those formerly or currently incarcerated in the Berkshire County House of Correction (BCHOC). In fall 2016, when several Williams students attended an orientation and tour of the facility in Pittsfield, some were taken aback by the new environment they had

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Reclaim Childhood

Student Leaders: Annie Vanagenen ([email protected]), Allie Holle ([email protected]), Kara Sperry ([email protected]), Julia Diaz ([email protected]), Katherine Rosen ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Christi Kelsey ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sundays, Paresky Reclaim Childhood is a non-profit organization based in Amman, Jordan that seeks to empower refugee girls and local women through sport and play. Reclaim Childhood operates regular after-school sports leagues

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Williams Homeless Outreach

Student Leaders: Julia Cheng ([email protected]), Aaron Maruzzo ([email protected]), Aaron Goldstein ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini ([email protected]), Jingyi Liu ’14 Meeting Time/Place: Biweekly Mondays 5pm, Paresky 112 Williams Homeless Outreach (WHO) is dedicated to raising campus awareness and enacting systemic change regarding the issues of homelessness and economic disparity, especially as they pertain to the local families

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WRAPS

Student Leaders: Eleanor Lustig ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Colin Ovitsky ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights, Lower Paresky WRAPS (Williams Recovery of All Perishable Surplus) packages and delivers surplus dining hall food to the communities in and around Williamstown facing food insecurity, including Mohawk Forest and Brayton Hill Apartments in North Adams and Louison House in

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