Resources for Youth and Young Adults

Created April 10, 2020, updated continually since then
Coordinated by Mary McClintock, Community Action Pioneer Valley
If you have updates for this list, please send them to Mary.

In addition to these Youth and Young Adult-specific resources,
Check the COVID-19 Updates section of Look4Help to find help with food, money, housing, mental health, addiction/recovery, and many more resources.

Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Youth Program
Please call for our latest program updates: 413-774-7028.
Community Action Pioneer Valley’s Youth Programs has suspended all in-person programming at this time, but we are continuing to provide our services remotely. Looking to get in contact with a member of our staff? Please visit our contact page<>, and send them an email! You can also leave a message at (413) 774-7028 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
For our Young Adult Action Board, contact Myck LeMay at
To receive information about ShoutOut!, send an email to Lydia Davis at  
For WIOA, contact Holly Kosisky ( or Noemi Lasalandra (
Send an email to Noemi Lasalandra if you are looking for YouthWorks information.
If you are looking for the Young Parent Program, reach out to Jena Duncan at  We know these are tough times for everyone, and we would like to provide support to you as best we can.

, Every Tuesday & Wednesday For Ages 14-21, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Contact Lionheart at Or Text: 413-768-4159
GenerationQ Middle School For Middle School Age Youth Every Monday, 3:00 - 3:40 PM, Contact BJ Miller,, Join us in a safe, online environment for games, discussions, movies, and more!


DIAL/SELF Youth and Family Services
Check this site for current COVID-19 Updates: 
We have changed our drop-in hours at our sites in Greenfield & Orange.
16 Miles Street, Greenfield: Monday 1pm-4pm, Wednesday 11am-4pm, Friday 11am-4pm
15-17 E. Main St, Orange: Tuesday 11am-4pm, Thursday 11am-4pm
We continue to encourage people to call in advance whenever possible to minimize in person contact, practice social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading COVID19.

Emergency housing supports
DIAL/SELF staff will continue to work with youth and young adults to help identify and support potential safe emergency housing options. If it is after normal business hours and you are a youth under the age of 25 who needs immediate help figuring out housing options you can call 413-774-7054 and dial option 8.


The Brick House 
The Brick House offers support for basic needs and other supports as needed.
Family Services: 413-800-2496
We are offering bagged lunch and breakfast distribution (from Gill-Montague Schools) in front of the Brick House on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:15-1:45pm. A Brick House staff member is available during these times, and often has additional food and other supplies to hand out.  Please stop by! We want to hear how you are doing and how we can help.
Check out our
 Parent/Caregiver Virtual Support Group Wednesdays April 8th – May 27th
For other Parent and Family Support Services, (assistance with SNAP, unemployment applications, housing, and other concerns) contact Stacey at 413-800-2496
Staff will be available to text/call during regular business hours (9am-5pm)

Teen Center: Cell# 413-800-5705
The Teen Center is physically closed for regular drop-in hours due to COVID-19 precautions. Join Teen Center staff for virtual teen center drop-in hours on ZOOM from 2:30-3:30 pm Monday-Friday. We’d love to see you!
Teen center staff are available to talk and answer any concerns that come up for youth during this stressful time. Friend us on facebook  (Jane Brick House, Kaleb Brickhouse, and Dan Brickhouse) or call the
Teen Center cell# :413-800-5705.

Center for Community Resilience after Trauma (CCRT)
Below are the Healing Arts sessions that CCRT is offering via Zoom (video and audio options for connecting!) during May. These groups are being facilitated by CCRT staff and the rooms have been set up with the best measures for privacy and security.  All CCRT groups are FREE and open to anyone who identifies as having ever been impacted by crime or violence. These groups are intended to provide coping skills/self care tools, the opportunity to dabble in a variety of therapeutic arts, and peer connection – and now from your favorite chair!
Contact us to reserve your place: (413) 773-5090 or Once you register, we’ll send you the Zoom link or call-in info. Please forward and share with folks who you think could benefit from these healing & connecting opportunities (um.. everyone?).

May 2020 CCRT Healing Arts Sessions

Adult LGBTQ+ Crafting Crew

Fridays, 5/1 through 5/29

(5 sessions)

4:00—5:00 pm

LGBTQIA+ adults (18+) welcome to meet weekly in this accepting, safe, & facilitated space that will support building coping skills, grounding using art & mindfulness, reducing isolation, identifying resources, & increasing social support through connection with peers. Attendees encouraged to work on a favorite art or craft during group time. Facilitated by 2 CCRT clinicians, Amanda Bevill (they/them) & Gabriel Peeples (they/ them).

Tips for LGBQIAT-eens

Tuesdays, 5/5 through 5/26

(4 sessions)

3:30-4:30 pm

A facilitated safe space on Zoom for 12-16 year-old LGBTQIA+ youth to connect with peers while building grounding, coping & self regulation skills. Verbal consent required by a guardian for youth to participate. Facilitated by 2 CCRT staff, Gabriel Peeples, LCSW (they/them) and Gabby Vacarelo, (she/her) Victim Survivor Advocate.

In Our Write Mind

Wednesdays, 5/6, 5/13 & 5/20

(3 sessions)

2:30—4:00 pm

Mindfulness & creativity can help us cope & even thrive during challenging times. Each week, this group will begin with an exercise to help quiet thoughts and worries of past & future and ground in the present moment. From there, we will draw from the Amherst Writers & Artists workshop method to freely write in response to a prompt or any other topic of your choosing. Facilitated by CCRT Clinician, Jenny Bender (she/her) with support from CCRT Victim Survivor Advocate, Gabby Vacarelo (she/her).

Zoom P(art)y with CCRT

Fridays, 5/8 & 5/22

11:00 am—12:30 pm

Join CCRT staff on Zoom while we create art together. You’re welcome to work on whatever project you’d like—fiber arts, painting, coloring, collaging, you name it! As we work on our own art, we can share what we are working on and give/receive peer support. Facilitated by CCRT Victim Survivor Advocate, Gabby Vacarelo (she/her) & Kelly Broadway, Program Manager (she/her). **Let us know if you need art supplies.

*Let us know if you need some art supplies!

Wisdom from Our Pets

Monday, 5/11

11:00 am—12:00 pm

How has your pet been helping you through these times? If your pet could talk, what strengths would your pet notice about you? What advice would your pet give to get us through the hardest days? Come introduce your pet and meet other people’s pets. If you don’t have a pet now, you are most welcome- Tell us about a pet you once had or describe a cat video that hit the spot! Soak in the wisdom, fun, warm fuzzies and connection! Facilitated by CCRT Clinician & Drama Therapist, Laurel Carangelo (she/ her) with support from CCRT Bilingual Outreach Navigator, Janira Rivera (she/her).

The Power of Healing Mantras

Monday, 5/18

11:00 am—12:00 pm

Join CCRT staff to learn about and practice the healing power of mantras. Healing mantras can assist in calming the anxious mind, lowering blood pressure, balancing the heart rate, and releasing negative energies from the body. All good things to support us as we navigate these challenging times! Facilitated by CCRT Bi-lingual Outreach Navigator, Janira Rivera (she/her) w/ support from Clinician, Laurel Carangelo (she/ her).

Living Upward Series

Wednesdays, 5/20, 5/27 & 6/3

10:30 am—12:00 pm

May 20th—Say YES to What is — Explore presence, acceptance, and one’s tendency to resist what is. Discover the power of intention, and the freedom and choices it brings.

May 27th—The Resilient Optimist— Discover how happiness, creativity, surrender, curiosity, and playfulness all bring meaning and purpose to our lives and cause us to thrive.

June 3rd—Create a Connection, Build a Community — Learn to deepen your connection to all of life. Explore empathy, neutrality, compassion, kindness, and intention.

Facilitated by Susan Maycock, M.S., trained in contemporary Energy Medicine & ancient Healing Arts. Register for one or the whole series.

Group Gaming—Pictionary

Friday, 5/29

11:00 am—12:30 pm

Did you know games were originally created over 2000 years ago to help people stay resilient during a famine? Play is powerful so Join us for online Pictionary! Everyone draws & everyone guesses. Let's have some fun together! Zoom will be used at the same time to allow for conversation. Facilitated by CCRT Asst. Program Manager & LCSW, Gabriel Peeples (they/them).