CSYP Workgroup


Ricia Elwell-Socci, CAPV
Megan Richardson, The Brick House

Staff Contact:

Jen Audley, FRCOG

CSYP meets once a month on Zoom on the 3rd Wednesday, 1:30-2:30PM.

In 2023/24, we are using Padlets to keep a running record of some of our work as a group.
Appreciation Station is our online “guest book” for virtual and in-person visits
We’re on the Map! shows points of interest in the neighborhoods we live and work near.

2023 Meeting Schedule:
Jan 9, 3:30 Case Study – GPL Teen Space
Feb 7, 1:00 Case Study – CAYP Drop-In Space
Mar 14, 3:30 Workgroup meeting Materials: Directory Template | Draft CTC Action Plan
Apr 10, 3:30 Workgroup meeting
May 9, 1:00 Case Study -(Project Amp mentoring program)
July 6, 1:00 Case Study -(BBBS-FC Youth Empowerment grants)
July 21, 9:00 Workgroup meeting (at The Brick House)
Sept 20, 1:30 Workgroup Meeting
Oct 18, 1:30 Virtual Visit – The Brick House Community Resource Center
Nov 15, 1:30 Workgroup meeting – Visualizing Circles of Care
Dec 20, 1:30 Virtual Visit – Greenfield Public Library

What we do

The Community Supports for Young People (CSYP) workgroup brings people together – including young people themselves! – for collective engagement around health equity and the overall wellbeing of young people in our community.

This group welcomes anyone with personal or professional connections to young people in our area. It might be a good fit for you if you want to:

  • Strengthen your connections with people, programs and agencies serving young people in our region
  • Develop shared knowledge about how community-based programs can support young people by learning together, including from one another
  • Access a dedicated space and time for professional development, networking, reflection and relationship-building 
  • Expand your capacity to connect local young people with wrap-around care and supports

CSYP in 2023-24

  1. Our monthly online meetings alternate between spotlighting specific programs and focusing on professional development and relationship building for the group.
  2. This year we are also encouraging workgroup members to visit places that provide services or supports for young people!
  3. Over the course of the year, we will build a collective publication (a letter? a website? a multimedia product) to share with young people in our communities. 
  4. We also host an opt-in online directory of members.

Communities that Care (CTC) and the Franklin County/North Quabbin Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) co-host this workgroup. The CHIP Network has identified increasing “age at first use of addictive substances” as a priority health outcome for our region, and the CHIP objectives in this area for 2021-2023 are drawn from CTC’s 2020 strategic action plan.