Documentary Screenings:

Partnering with our community to provide free community screenings that bring attention to various topics that impact our community and globally the lives of women and children

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a four-hour series shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.

MissRepresentation: The media is selling the idea that girls’ and women’s value lies in their youth, beauty, and sexuality and not in their capacity as leaders. Boys learn that their success is tied to dominance, power, and aggression. We must value people as whole human beings, not gendered stereotypes.

The Mask You Live In: The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.

Current Programs

Curl Up with a Good Book

Teaching children to watch less TV and play less video games is addressed with our literacy program, “Curl Up with a Good Book.” Lead by a story teller, the League travels to county schools for an evening of reading.

Volunteers read to elementary school children, stopping between books to talk about the importance of reading and being read to. At the end of the readings, the children are served healthy snacks and are invited to choose a book of their own to curl up with. They all go home with a free book purchased with funds raised by the Junior League of Berkshire County. The events have been popular and the schools are thrilled to be chosen for the activity. In 2013, JLBC will have had Curl Ups at all of the elementary schools in Pittsfield.

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen is a project endorsed by AJLI & introduces children & parents to healthy food options by teaching them about nutrition & allowing for “hands on” kitchen time.

Past Programs

Louison House Project

Enhancing a transitional home for homeless families in Adams. The JLBC donated a swing set, vegetable and flower gardens, lunch, and fellowship with the residents at this community shelter. It rained buckets all day, but it was worth it to see this shabby yard turned into something that the residents could enjoy with their families.

Fit Kids Park

Community Programs worked hard to bring the first Fit Kids Park to Pittsfield.

The purpose of the park is for fun and exercise to march in tandem on the “fitness trail.” Instead of spending time sitting in front of the TV or computer, this park can give children and their families, healthier options. The Junior League would like to help make the city parks a destination for families to enjoy themselves while engaging in wellness activities.

Stations include: parallel bars, a beam jump, body curl board, horizontal loop ladder, hip rotation bar, push up bar, chin up bar, and a small climbing wall.

Coolidge Park is a sprawling, largely undeveloped landmass that includes the Conte School campus and trails leading to Taconic High School. It has been the subject of considerable inconclusive discussion in recent years and the League was excited to give the park some purpose.

We are happy to hear that the nearby Conte and St. Marks schools have been using the park.

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