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Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Inc.

where kids grow up

aka Brigham Center   |   Pittsfield, MA   |  www.brighamcenter.org

Mission

The Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center is a multi-service community center empowering children and youth, with a special emphasis on girls, to become responsible, confident and personally fullfilled individuals.

Ruling year info

1953

Chief Executive Officer

Kelly A. Marion M.S.

Main address

165 East St

Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA

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Formerly known as

Girls Incorporated of the Berkshires

EIN

04-2178889

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Girls Clubs (O22)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program can accommodate 54 children in five classrooms: one for infants, two for toddlers, one for preschool and one pre-kindergarten. We work closely with parents/guardians – the child’s first educators – to raise happy, healthy kids. This caring environment provides a safe, comfortable and nurturing place for children to grow and learn independence within the context of developmentally appropriate curriculum. The Early Childhood Education program is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care. The program's commitment to preschool literacy qualifies it as an EEC Tier IV center (the state’s highest rating).

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

The ABC School Age Enrichment program is a comprehensive school age childcare program which serves school age youth ages five through thirteen. ABC was among the first programs in Massachusetts to be licensed by the Office of Child Care Services (OCCS) now known as the Department of Early Education & Care. ABC is a safe, comfortable and nurturing place for children to grow and learn. Each child is encouraged and motivated to learn from the environment. Activities enhance the development of youth through enrichment based programming and activities. The program provides a safe environment with educational and recreational activities on a regular basis. There are 80 slots at the East Street site. This number is based on available physical space and staff-to-child ratios. The center exceeds the mandatory 1:13 ratio each day which affords youth the opportunity for more variety in activities offered and increases our capacity for eyes on supervision with all participants.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Girls Inc. of the Berkshires mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. A core program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center and affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization; the Girls Inc. Experience, a holistic approach grounded in the belief of the rights and abilities of every girl is a combination of positive strategies that support girls and inspire them to thrive. Intentional, interactive programs and activities are offered in a pro-girl, girls-only environment with research-based curricula in areas including Healthy Sexuality, Economic Literacy, Leadership and Community Action, and Academic Enrichment and Career Readiness during in and out of school hours.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

We offer one of the finest and busiest swimming programs in the county, including all levels of Red Cross training and instruction. Fees vary depending on program of choice.

Programs offered under Aquatics:
 Swim Lessons, beginner to advanced, group, private or semi-private
 Swim Club- Swim club meets every Monday and Friday 5-5:45pm starting in October and runs through November. Swimmers who can swim comfortably 25 yards Front Crawl and Back Crawl are invited to join this group. Swimmers are learning all the aspects of the four competitive strokes as well as dives and turns. Age range 6 and up.
 Swim Team- Swim team starts after Thanksgiving weekend and it will run every Monday and Fri 5-6pm until end of Feb. Swimmers will have the opportunity to compete in local swim meets during the swim season. Age range 6 and up.
 Volunteer opportunities for young people interested in obtaining lifeguard certification.

Population(s) Served

Youth Empowerment Services is designed to meet the specific needs of children, teens and priority population participants with case management, intervention and prevention based services. Youth face a myriad of issues in their young lives like poverty, living in a single parent-households, witnessing domestic violence and substance abuse. These factors can contribute to other societal issues: child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, youth violence, poor academic performance, drug use, mental health issues and teen pregnancy, further perpetuating the cycle of hopelessness facing youth in low income communities like Pittsfield. The YES programs are offered during the school day, after school, evening hours and in the summer. Goals are related to building participant strengths through the development of positive skills and behaviors. Programs help increase adaptive behavior by promoting the physical, mental and emotional development of individual youth within their family structures

Population(s) Served

A Girls Inc. program of the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Camp Stevenson-Witawentin offers: 1:10 staff to camper ratio, 1:5 staff to camper ratio for campers age 6 and younger, licensed by the Department of Public Health, Breakfast and Lunch provided by the Pittsfield Public Schools Summer Food Program at the camp site. Activities in the areas of literacy, art, and science in effort to reduce summer learning loss. Evidence based Girls Inc. Programming: Operation Smart, Medial Literacy, and Prevention Adolescent Pregnancy. Sports and Fitness Programs to promote healthy living, including swimming, on spacious and pristine surroundings which create an ideal natural learning environment.

Programs offered at Camp Stevenson-Witawentin:
 Camp Stevenson-Witawentin Girls Camp for Girls 5 to 12 - Girls Inc. mission oriented programs in the areas of sports & adventure, self-reliance & life skills, culture & heritage, leadership & community action, careers & life planning, and healthy

Population(s) Served
Families
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Girls Inc. 1953

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Melissa Mazzeo

Restaurant Owner/Operator

Term: 2024 - 2027

Clare Klose

Community Volunteer

Dianne Supranowicz

Greylock Federal Credit Union

Karen Sinopoli

People's Bank

Ray Boudreau

Fairbanks Group

Jane Bresnahan

Community Volunteer

Jennifer Carpenter

Cain Hibbard Meyers

Barbara Emanuel

Berkshire Community College

Darius Griffin

General Dynamics Mission Systems

Darlene McCauley

Berkshire Community College

Andrea Schaller

General Dynamics Mission Systems

Lindsay Codwise

Berkshire Bank Foundation

Alicia Powers

413 Salon

Julie Zdon

Adams Community Bank

Dana Robb

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank

Jennifer Parsons

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank

Christina Meucci

The Recovery Room

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/17/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/13/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.