YOB Projects

We Fund Youth Inspired ProjectsYOB (Youth Operational Board) is at the heart of who we are, and have been since 2000. YOB participants work to help young people take control of their dreams and aspirations and make them happen.

The YOB reviews and approves project proposals made by the youth of the Berkshires. These proposals range from art shows, to dances, travel, movie nights, Ping-Pong tournaments, etc.. YOB supports these projects through micro-loans, donations, mentoring, and advocacy. We look to match the resources of the community with the interests and inspirations of youth.

Our goal is to help put youth in control of their own success and put their ideas in drive. To learn more about what we do, drop-in on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 PM.

past yob projects

With a $10,000 annual operating budget, YOB  is able to  make a real difference in helping a youth-inspired idea, a success. Over 50 project proposals were approved this year. Below is a sampling:

Benefit Dance for Haiti: Back in May, students at Monument Mountain High School submitted a proposal to YOB to hold an open-community dance to raise money for a sister school in Haiti. Despite the rainy weather, the line was still out the door and about 200 kids attended the dance. In total, $1,500 dollars was raised that night. What a success!

International Day of Peace: On September 18th, Zev Hersch, Michelle Kaplan, Zac Love, Luiza Trabka, and Yevin Roh made their way to the UN Observance of the International Day of Peace where they met up with RSYP social worker, Leo Rosa. Yevin and Luiza presented RSYP’s IDP Celebration plans, and Yevin’s Spartan Launch class. It was a great opportunity to meet other youth from all over the world. Jane Goodall, the UN Messenger for Peace, came for a little bit and we had a chance to discuss our plans for peace with her. One of RSYP’s UN youth delegates, Tynan Whalen Jackson, had the opportunity to perform a hip-hop song about education and peace in front of a diverse group of youth leaders. This incredible event was followed by the International Day of Peace celebration in Great Barrington which was a huge success. The day included, free yoga, a vegetarian lunch, a non-violent communication workshop, and several musical acts.

Substance and Sports: Organized by youth, this event was designed to give youth the opportunity to spend their down time playing basketball and kickball together instead of doing drugs. The sports was followed by a facilitated discussion on the impact that substances and substance abuse have on the youth life of South Couny.

Art Shows: Hallie Evans received support from YOB to host her first art show at the drop-in center. Opening night she gave a talk on sexism and young female empowerment and how it has impacted her work. Hors d’oeuvres were provided by a youth chef from a local restaurant.