What do you want to do?

At ROOTS, our goal is to support the projects and activities that YOU want to bring to life. Do you want to start a club? A game night? Do you have an idea for a workshop? Do you want to plan a community conversation about a topic you are interested in? The possibilities are endless.

We want to support you! Fill out this Project Request Form and the Youth Board will reach out to you within 1-2 weeks of submission.

Please note, that projects should be requested a month in advance.


The Youth Board

Youth Board Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Email to learn more about how to get involved.

ROOTS Teen Center was started by young people. Rob Foster, Brandywine LaBelle, Epiphany Thomas, Gabe Barry and Caitlin Mayes took on many important roles in the strategy planning process of making ROOTS a reality for the northern Berkshires.

The Youth Board is a vital and important part of ROOTS. This is a commitment not only of your time but also of your voice. As members of the Youth Board you help to tell the story of the Teen Center to the greater community. Our goal is to always have representatives from the five local high schools (Drury, Hoosac Valley, McCann, Mt. Greylock, Bart) in Northern Berkshire as well as young people that represent other groups and organizations as well. 

We are currently seeking new members! Click here to sign up to become a Youth Board Member


Computer Building Workshop

Want to learn how a computer works? 

Join Jonah McNair, a teen from McCann Technical High School on Wednesdays and learn how a computer works AND how to build your own!

Participants will get to bring their computer home.



Wednesday September 26th TO

Wednesday October 24th


Arts in recovery for youth (AIRY)

Arts in Recovery for Youth (AIRY) is an arts and skills based suicide prevention program for youth ages 13-24, designed by art therapist and attempt survivor, Marney Schorr.

In 2018 the AIRY program was recognized by the Massachusetts Statehouse for its excellence in leadership of suicide prevention. Since it’s inception the program has tripled in size and has shown improvement for 100% of youth served, with a record of no suicide attempts.

AIRY focuses on social and emotional learning and creative youth development through the expressive arts, peer support, dialectical behavior therapy and community building. It’s hybrid model is innovative and informed by suicidology and evidence based practices.

The 16 week program includes resources for families about suicide prevention, safe talk and safety planning, and strategies to prevent self harm.

Participation in AIRY creates a sense of belonging, hope and empowerment for adolescents and young adults. Members who complete the 16 week program are eligible to transition into step up art therapy groups, internships, volunteer work, and peer leader roles in the community.

For more information please go to

Send inquiries to Executive Director Marney Schorr at


ArtDoors is a summer program that engages young people in exploring the natural world and the creative world. Participants are introduced to local artists and outdoor enthusiasts who offer workshops and activities to build skills in various mediums of art and outdoor stewardship. By collaborating with cultural organizations, the City of North Adams, county wide initiatives, and state agencies, this program opens doors for young people to explore the intersection of art and nature and encourages youth to examine how this intersection influences their identity. 

ArtDoors is a collabration between ROOTS and UNiTY at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

Keep on the lookout for information about ArtDoors 2019!