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Floppy Disks to Facebook: Millennials’ Search for Engagement and Community

Image of someone on a computer with the word #Millennials

When I was 7, I would sneak into my family’s kitchen and log onto the computer, throw in a floppy disk (the big ones, that were actually floppy) and fail miserably at Jeopardy for MS-DOS.  I never understood how my aunt had claimed all of the top scores.Read more

Accepting SCI AmeriCorps Host Site Applications!

AmeriCorps Logo

SCI is currently accepting applications for our positions that begin in Sept. 2015!   These AmeriCorps positions are for our SCI AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator Positions and our SCI AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator Positions.  SCI is taking applications from organizations in various communities in Eastern Massachusetts that would like to partner with us to build social capital within your organization and community. SCI's focus communities include: Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Boston, Lynn, Woburn, and Fall River.

SCI AmeriCorps members aim to build social capital in their communities through civic engagement opportunities.

 

Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) will develop and implement practices for effective volunteer engagement at their host sites, drawing on SCI’s emphasis on relationship development and nurturing local social networks. 

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SCI 2013 Accomplishments

Since its creation, SCI has been a leader in demonstrating how communities can systematically weave a stronger social fabric connecting its members. SCI increases social capital by training and supporting young leaders; using the Web to make it easier for individuals to find community activities and resources; recruiting volunteers to welcome people new to the area and encouraging them to participate; and running events that build bridges and spark a community spirit.  

Here are some of our accomplishments from the 2013 program year:Read more

MLK Woodland Restoration Project in Franklin Park

On MLK Day, SCI will host a volunteer woodland restoration event in Franklin Park followed by a historic walk and reflection session on Martin Luther King Jr and service.  SCI is pleased to have received the funding for this opportunity through the Massachusetts Service Alliance's 2014 MLK Day Grant.

Through the collaboration of SCI’s host partner sites, the Franklin Park Coalition will join DotWell and the Millennium Ten Initiative to host a service day on January 20, 2014 to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  

Volunteer Focus: Removal of cat briar (a prickly vine that strangles trees) and trash removal from Franklin Park.  The project will begin with a brief introduction to the park, woodland restoration and Martin Luther King Jr.’s focus on community and the importance of service.  Read more

Getting Engaged and Connected: Lessons from Somerville

This is a picture of a street sign that says "Somerville"

How did you get involved in your local community?  Well for me, it was my grocery store closing.  I walked into Johnnie’s Foodmaster and was greeted with “STORE CLOSING” signs everywhere.  West Somerville would be without a grocery store for at least half a year or more.  I’ve lived in Somerville for about a year and half now and despite trying to keep up with what is going on locally, our grocery store abruptly closing came to me as a surprise.  I wanted to get connected with people who dealt with issues like this or at least had more information for me.  I got onto the city’s website and started looking into various meetings that were going on pertaining to issues and projects in the city.Read more

SCI Garden project at the North Suburban YMCA of Woburn

Youth and SCI AmeriCorps members gardening

During National Volunteer Week, Social Capital Inc. and the North Suburban YMCA of Woburn will team up to create a community garden at the North Suburban YMCA of Woburn, 137 Lexington Street Woburn, MA. Volunteers of all ages will come together to create a community-garden focusing on the importance of healthy eating for all members of the community. People of all ages are invited to volunteer Tuesday and/or Thursday, and are welcome to attend the official kickoff Thursday, April 19. For more information or to sign-up (required to get a t-shirt), contact Rebekah Scaduto at rscaduto AT socialcapitalinc.org or 781.935.3270.

Tuesday 4/17
Constructing raised beds
Education regarding plants/ vegetables
Space for reflection on project (how/why garden, etc)
Time for children to brainstorm names for the garden
Begin painting sign for garden
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Recruiting 2 New Half-year SCI AmeriCorps Members for March

 

Social Capital Inc. is happy to announce that through a special competition SCI has been awarded 9 new half-year AmeriCorps slots.  The 2 new AmeriCorps members will serve from the mid-January until the end of June 2012.  We are now recruiting members for this March.

SCI hopes to deepen its impact by entering new organizations and communities.  Several of the new AmeriCorps members will be placed at the following new site-partners:

  • The Asian American Civic Association in Boston, MA
  • Franklin Park Coalition

The 2 AmeriCorps members will serve as either Outreach & Technology Coordinators As Outreach & Technology Coordinators, members will serve to implement technology systems and traditional outreach efforts to recruit volunteers and to connect citizens with the information they need to participate in civic life.  

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Recruiting 2 New Half-year SCI AmeriCorps Members for March

Social Capital Inc. is happy to announce that through a special competition SCI has been awarded 9 new half-year AmeriCorps slots.  The 2 new AmeriCorps members will serve from the mid-January until the end of June 2012.  We are now recruiting members for this March.

SCI hopes to deepen its impact by entering new organizations and communities.  Several of the new AmeriCorps members will be placed at the following new site-partners:

  • The Asian American Civic Association in Boston, MA
  • Franklin Park Coalition

The 2 AmeriCorps members will serve as either Outreach & Technology Coordinators As Outreach & Technology Coordinators, members will serve to implement technology systems and traditional outreach efforts to recruit volunteers and to connect citizens with the information they need to participate in civic life.  

 Read more

World AIDS Day in Lynn

World AIDS Day Ribbon

Lynn, MA celebrates World AIDS Day every year with a gathering of youth and adults in the community at city hall on Dec. 1st.   As one of SCI's AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinators I helped organized teen participation in this event.

The event is to not only remember the individuals who have passed from aids but to raise awareness about AIDS/HIV. It is important for the youth to understand that AIDS/HIV can be prevented. It takes a village to stop aids. And Lynn is just that, a village. It is a community of people who care and want to save lives. The event is put together by various members of the community from youth workers to police officers. It is an event that allows us to take a moment to understand the cause and to celebrate the unity of our city. Read more

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