New Member Joins Greenagers Board of Directors

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EGREMONT, Mass. — Kelly Baxter Spitz of Sheffield has joined the board of directors of Greenagers.

Spitz is the director of advancement at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn. She is the past director of development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and she has served in other development roles at Community Health Programs, Berkshire Taconic Foundation, Albany Medical Center and other organizations.

"Kelly’s extensive development experience and background will be invaluable to Greenagers as we grow and deepen our programs at our new home at April Hill," said David Sheehan, president of the Greenagers board.

Spitz has a bachelor's degree in marketing and management from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. She will serve as chair of the Greenagers development committee.

Greenagers recently acquired the former Kellogg Conservation Center on Route 41 in Egremont and has relocated its programming and operations to the property known as April Hill. Greenagers is nearing its $1.5 million goal for funding of the purchase to April Hill, capital improvements, endowment expansion and new programming.

Greenagers Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides employment, internships and apprenticeships to teens and young adults in the field of environmental conservation, farming, and natural resource management in the tri-state region.


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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Youths Joined Amplify 2019 Program

Music in Common

Berkshire County youth Darby Taylor, Hailey Peters, Maddy Bronson and Olivia Davis participated in Music In Common's "Amplify" program in Sheffield, Mass., this summer. Amplify is a two-week residential program in which musicians perform songs written by Music In Common youth from around the world. The Amplify group performed three concerts throughout Berkshire County to culminate the program.

Eight musicians, ages 15 to 20, arrived in the Berkshires on July 7 from California, Iowa, Connecticut and Massachusetts and immersed themselves in a rigorous two-week residential program in which they learned nine songs, culled from more than 50 songs written by youth in previous Music In Common programs. The participants also wrote an original piece, "Shine Through," about staying true to self. They performed the songs at three concerts across the county. All Music In Common’s Youth Produced songs and videos can be viewed on MIC’s YouTube Channel.

This year's participants were selected based on auditions in California, Massachusetts, Georgia and online. The Amplify program is Music In Common's only program that selects participants through auditions. This is the second year in a row that Music In Common produced the Amplify program. "It's heartwarming to empower a new generation of musical talent and leaders," said Todd Mack, executive director at Music In Common. "They believe, as we do, that music offers humanity a common language through which we can realize peace and understanding."

Music In Common is a nonprofit organization that empowers youth against hate through collaborative songwriting, multimedia, and performance. The organization’s mission is to strengthen, empower, and connect communities through the universal language of music. Mack founded Music In Common in 2005 originally as an informal backyard jam called FODfest, inspired by the life of his friend and bandmate Daniel Pearl, the late Wall Street Journal reporter murdered in 2002. Fueled by a resonating belief in music as a universal language, that backyard jam has grown into a global nonprofit organization with innovative community-building programming that serves as a call to action in communities around the world. To date, Music In Common has produced programming in more than 300 communities across the United States, Middle East and Far East and operates multiple programs locally, nationally and internationally.


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