Greetings from Crystal!

Hello, YAC friends! My name is Crystal, and I am the new AmeriCorps Programs Liaison for Youth Action Coalition this year! I may seem familiar to some of you, and that is because I have been an intern for YAC since 2010! YAC has played an important role in my life as a student and now that I have graduated from Hampshire College, I look forward to serving Youth Action Coalition full-time! It is going to be a truly amazing year.

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A little about me: I love going to poetry events, taking pictures of people when they’re in their element, and going on walks with my dog, Gizmo! My favorite song of summer 2014 was Secrets by Mary Lambert, my favorite ice cream flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, and if I were a vegetable,  I would be brussell sprouts!

To ask questions about me or YAC or to let me know about opportunities for YAC youth, you can call our office at 413-253-2158 or email me directly at!

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A message from Stacey

take actionStand with us on the LAST DAY of our Indiegogo Moving Forward Campaign

As my tenure with Youth Action Coalition draws to a close, I wanted to reach out one last time to invite you to support YAC during of our MOVING FORWARD campaign.

If I could ask for one thing before I go, it would be for anyone who has ever witnessed or felt the impact of Youth Action Coalition to contribute NOW to our Indiegogo campaign. Without your support, deep cuts in programming lie ahead. It takes a village to raise a child, and YAC needs the larger community to help raise the necessary funds to keep our doors open next fall.

Due to the limits of our funds at this time, we have postponed our search for a new Executive Director, but are so fortunate to have two amazing members of our community step up to fill the gap as YAC’s new Interim Co-Directors. Beginning July 1st, Vira Douangmany Cage and Andrea Battle, strong and capable members of the YAC board of directors, will hold these positions. Because of their commitment and volunteerism, YAC can mobilize the funds generated from all of our MOVING FORWARD efforts – the Indiegogo campaign, Eat Out For Art @ Bertucci’s (earlier this month), and our continuous appeal to individual donors and foundations.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community through my years here at Youth Action Coalition. I thank you for all the support and love you have shown to YAC through the years and I am eager to see how YAC moves and grows. Youth Action Coalition will have a strong future with your continued support. Please give today!

With love and respect,

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A Message from Allison

allisonDearest YAC community,

I write to you with a heart full of inspiration, hope, and fulfillment. I am sad to announce that my term as an AmeriCorps member with YAC has come to an end. In these past two years I have grown professionally and personally with the support of such a commendable organization and spirited community of people. Through working with the youth, staff, board, and larger community I have gained a plethora of skills related to positive youth development & empowerment, event & community organizing, creative & expressive arts, as well as countless other pieces of the activism and non-profit realms.

I know that Youth Action Coalition will continue to foster remarkable relationships and essential change throughout the community, as it has made a huge impact on my life and many others throughout my term. I am proud to announce that Crystal Garrity, an Intern with YAC for the past 4 years will be serving as the next AmeriCorps member! I look forward to the significant change that will become of this organization and hope to stay connected in new ways. Thanks for a marvelous couple of years!

-Allison Scott
AmeriCorps Member, Program Liaison 2012-14

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Help us raise $30,000 by June 30th to keep our doors open for youth!

2007_handsYouth Action Coalition is running an Indiegogo Campaign to raise the funds we need to continue our vital Arts-for-Change programs. We need your help.

The funding climate has dramatically changed. This year we were hit hard with decreases in state and federal budget cuts in arts and after-school programming. Grants that have sustained us for years are drying up; prospects for the fall are slim. We need your help to raise $30,000 by June 30th to keep our essential programs running for 2014-15 year. Please give here through our online campaign.

indiegogo logoIndiegogo is an international crowdfunding site helping individuals and groups raise funds for their projects and programs.

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Eat Out For Art!
Sunday, June 8th
Bertucci’s Restaurant
51 N. Pleasant St. Amherst

Order from Bertucci’s Restaurant in Amherst and 15% of the proceeds will go to Youth Action Coalition. Dine in, take out, and bar included, brunch, lunch or dinner!

* You must mention YAC to your server *

Please share these crucial fundraising efforts with your friends, family, and networks.
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Spring Into Action! End-Year Events

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This program year is sadly, but strongly coming to an end. Join us as we celebrate this year with a final exhibit, “Spring Into Action” at the Pelham Library from May 13-24. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 17, from 2:30-4:30pm.

The exhibit will include photos by GirlsEyeView Amherst & Ware, videos by Video Vanguards, and photos of the mural project by aWARE Arts Collective (stay tuned for details on the mural unveiling..)

The last week of programming is the week of May 17th. Our end-year BBQ will follow the exhibit reception on May 17, from 5-7pm at Stone Soup Farm in Hadley.

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Lights, Camera, Youth Action! A wonderful Sunday afternoon..

On Sunday, March 23, over 200 people gathered in the UMass Student Union Ballroom to celebrate and support Youth Action Coalition.

1900653_10152154147454842_1353776453_oYAC youth led the way with meaningful presentations and artwork exhibited around the room. Through the silent auction, photo sales, and generous gifts from attendee’s, we raised funds to support the four Arts-for-Change programs. Thank you to all of the LCYA donor’s and everyone who contributed to the success of the event! You can view more photo’s on our Facebook page.


Here’s what folks said about LCYA and YAC:

“I was inspired by the presentations and the passion for this organization. I love what they do and only wish it was bigger! The youth of today need YAC!”

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SAVE THE DATE: 3/23/14


Our 7th Annual Fundraising Celebration..

Lights, Camera, Youth Action!

Sunday, March 23, 3-5pm
Student Union Ballroom
UMass Amherst

“It is a pleasure of mine to gather a variety of artistic people at an event supporting youth and social justice empowerment. This is our 20th year, and I’m hopeful that this celebration will be the best one yet!” – Ted Johnston, Youth Co-Chair, Video Vanguards Peer Leader

“I hope everyone who believes in the power and potential of young people to change the world will come to LCYA in the spirit of giving. Be prepared to be inspired and heart-filled upon leaving the event.” – Vira Douangmany, Adult Co-Chair

Youth and Adult Board Members are co-hosting tables and organizing this event – Let us know if you want us to save you a seat!
RSVP to by March 14

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YAC Unity Open Mic was a magical evening!

1896872_10152050513044842_1401491206_nOn Friday, January 31 we had our YAC Unity Open Mic in Amherst and celebrated creativity, community and talent! With over 40 people in attendance we moved through the evening with poetry, prose, and song. Thanks to all who came and made this a magical evening!





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“In Our Time” Winter Exhibit Dec. 19 – Jan. 6

Come out to Workshop 13 in Ware, MA to see our Winter exhibit, In Our Time!

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Workshop 13
13 Church St. Ware, MA, 413.949.6937

Work by our 4 Arts-for-Change programs:

GirlsEyeView in Amherst & Ware, Video Vanguards, and aWARE Arts Collective

Art work for sale!

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in our time frontin our time awarein our time canvas

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Mark Your Calendars! Valley Gives Day is December 12, 2013!

16137_208513964841_1353818_nOn 12.12.13, our community will come together for Valley Gives, and we need YOU to join us.event-logo

Valley Gives is the Pioneer Valley’s second annual regional giving day, where supporters will go online and make donations to support hundreds of nonprofits like ours that serve the community in so many different ways.

Please help us increase awareness of the continuing community need and raise funds for Youth Action Coalition.

To maximize our organization’s success on Valley Gives Day, we need you to help us with these four things:

1) Mark 12.12.13 on your calendar and bookmark our Valley Gives page.

2) Subscribe to our e-newsletter to receive Valley Gives  updates and reminders.

3) Follow us on Facebook and help build excitement for Valley Gives by sharing our posts.

4) Help spread the word! Forward this information to your family and friends along with a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on 12.12.13.

Let’s make it a great day of giving for Youth Action Coalition and for our community!

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