CYC Recreational Programs Move to Brigham Center03:13PM / Wednesday, September 11, 2013
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center has entered into an agreement to be the home of the Catholic Youth Center for recreational programs for elementary and middle school youth.
"The Brigham Center has had a long-standing relationship with the Catholic Youth Center and both agencies have worked together on behalf of city youth so it made perfect sense to form a significant collaboration in order for the CYC to bring their recreational programs to the Brigham Center site and retain their autonomy as an organization," said Kelly Marion, chief executive officer of the Brigham Center, in a statement.
The community center is one of the oldest social service organizations in the county and provides programs and activities that help children and youth achieve potential, with opportunities for active participation with peers and adults.
The Catholic Youth Center has been forced to suspend programming at this 26 Melville St. building because of the structure's deteriorating condition. The center's board had voted last month to find suitable space elsewhere for activities.
Gail Molari, president of the CYC Board of Directors, said, "our mission aligns well with the Brigham Center Mission so we anticipate of smooth transition for our recreational programs moving from the Melville Street site to East Street."
The center's mission "is to advance the moral, intellectual, and recreational interests of all youth, as an integral component of the ministry of the Catholic parishes to the youth of our community," she said.
The CYC girls volleyball program will start on Sept. 10 and run for eight weeks for girls' Grades 5-8 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
The basketball signups will be held Sept. 17, 18, 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 to noon at the Brigham Center at 165 East St. Leagues are available for girls and boys in Grades K-8, with boys only in Grades 9-12.
For more information on programs for both centers, call 413-442-5174.