berkshire united way

Lucy McMahon
Humans of the Berkshires

A social media effort to showcase the stories and successes of young people has taken root in the Berkshires.

This is a picture of a 46 pound, 3-foot tall wooden book house.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The Berkshire United Way is working to place a number of book houses across the county in hopes of improving childhood literacy.

City of Pittsfield

The Pittsfield Public School’s Curriculum Subcommittee has been meeting with district and community partners to address the city’s troubling teen pregnancy rate by expanding and strengthening programs both in and out of school.

Jacqueline Godany

According to the 2010 Massachusetts Birth Report released by the state Department of Public Health earlier this week, the most recent data shows the rate of teenage women aged 15 to 19 having children dropped from 19.5 per 1,000 in 2009, to 17.1 per 1,000 in 2010.

The teen birth rate is now the lowest recorded in the commonwealth, and Massachusetts is now trailing only New Hampshire for the lowest teen birth rate in the country. The Granite State leads with a teen birth rate of 15.7 per 1,000.