Annual youth conference inspires Berkshire County students to lead

HANCOCK — As high schoolers from across Berkshire County filed into their seats, coffee and pastries in hand, local author and activist Ty Allen Jackson began his speech.

“Do what betters humanity, do what gives you joy… do what pisses people off,” Jackson said. “Doing is essential to being successful.”
Jackson, a Bronx, New York native and the man behind Big Head Books, was speaking at the “411 in the 413” youth conference. Twelve districts worth of high school students were listening intently.

“How do you separate yourself from the noise?” he asked the crowd. “Ask yourself: why do you exist?”
Jackson’s speech, he explained in a later interview, was to set the tone of the youth conference – one that focuses on youth development and leadership.

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