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Harvest Wine Tasting on Nov 20 will benefit SCI

SCI will kick off this holiday season with a Harvest Wine Tasting on November 20th from 4-6pm at J. Mulkerin Realty. The event will feature a tasting led by Certified Wine Specialist Jenifer Murray of Urban Chef Catering, as well as some light appetizers. SCI and J. Mulkerin Realty teamed up to host a wine tasting last year as part of its biannual Holiday House Tour. It was such a success that SCI President David Crowley decided to bring back the tasting as a standalone event this year. J. Mulkerin Realty is located at 616 Main St, Woburn. Special thanks to Joanne Mulkerin for graciously hosting this event!Read more

On this #GivingTuesday, giving to SCI gives back to your community!

 

At SCI, as the chill returns to the air, our thoughts turn back to last winter and its unrelenting snowstorms. On a visit to the local Woburn senior center, SCI founder David Crowley was told about several seniors who had not been able to leave their homes since the storm began. He learned about Mrs. Connors, a frail 83 year old who was trudging to the back of her home after each snow desperately trying to keep her heating vents clear. 

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Help SCI develop young leaders into compassionate, engaged adults!

Last week, I was reminded of an amazing fact: SCI programming changes lives. While looking through dusty surveys completed by members of SCI Youth Councils in 2010, I came across a familiar name: Genesis Barrientos. 
 
Genesis is one of our 25 amazing SCI AmeriCorps members this year - 
a recent college graduate eager to give back to her community and willing to dedicate a year of her life to service. But just five years ago as a high school student in Lynn, she was a Girls Inc. of Lynn member serving on the Part of the Solution Youth Council, a youth leadership council facilitated by SCI AmeriCorps members.
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Reflections on a Year of Service

 

On Tuesday, SCI AmeriCorps members came full circle as we attended graduation festivities at the Great Hall in Codman Square, Dorchester. Read more

Become an SCI AmeriCorps member!

When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, ideals, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll earn money for education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills. SCI has AmeriCorps members at various host sites across Eastern Massachusetts.  SCI AmeriCorps members aim to build social capital in their communities through civic engagement opportunities, while gaining valuable experience in the process!  
 
SCI AmeriCorps is now recruiting 25 full-time AmeriCorps members for positions at our partner sites. Members are divided into two teams, Youth Leadership Coordinators and Volunteer Outreach Coordinators, and serve for ten months beginning in September 2015.  Click here for more information!
 
 
 

Strategies and takeaways from SCI's Forum on Social Capital and Health

L-R Harold Cox, Luis Prado, Sandro Galea, Allison Bauer, and Abigail Orti
On Friday, May 8th, SCI presented a Forum on Social Capital and Health at Boston University School of Public Health. The Forum was attended by over 100 people, many of whom work in the health field. 
 
BUSPH Dean Sandro Galea gave an engaging and informative presentation on the social production of health (his slides are available here). Galea emphasized that, while the US has some of the best hospitals in the world, many Americans don't live long enough or have the resources to access these benefits due to social determinants of health. 
 
The Dean's address was followed by a panel conversation featuring Abigial Ortiz of Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Allison Bauer of the Boston Foundation, Mo Barbosa of Health Resources in Action, and Luis Prado, Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Chelsea. The panel was moderated by Harold Cox of BUSPH.
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SCI and the Gloucester Youth Council: Let Youth Voices be Heard

Since Fall 2013, SCI has partnered with the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative providing training and support for the HGC-sponsored Gloucester Youth Council. Though they serve many functions in the Gloucester community, the mission of the group is to spread accurate information about teen drug and alcohol abuse in Gloucester while working closely with adult leaders and peers to prevent future substance abuse. 
 
This spring, I have been called in to work more closely with the youth, providing support as they transition to a permanent advisor. Though I’m only a few weeks in to my new role, I am already inspired by the leadership, poise, and empathy exhibited by the youth (ranging in ages 15-18).
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Volunteer at SCI's 2015 Social Capitalist Luncheon!

SCI's annual Luncheon is one of our primary fundraising activities. Funds raised support our efforts to foster healthy communities and train the leaders of tomorrow. 
 
Volunteers are needed on April 2nd at the Sheraton Boston from 10;30am-12:30pm to help with the registration process. Volunteers will receive a free lunch and a chance to see Maestro Ben Zander of the (Boston Philharmonic) and Eric Schwarz (cofounder of Citizen Schools) honored as 2015 SCI Idealists! If interested, contact Karen Rice at krice@socialcapitalinc.org.
 
SCI's annual Luncheon is one of our primary fundraising activities.
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Be "Part of the Solution" with Lynn's HALT Conference

Join SCI AmeriCorpsJoin SCI AmeriCorps Member, Benine Mudymba, and Part of the Solution (POS), in planning this year's HALT Conference! HALT is a yearly gathering of teens from around the city of Lynn to celebrate the power of youth voices and drive positive change within the community. 
 
Join SCI AmeriCorps Member, Benine Mudymba, and Part of the Solution (POS), in planning this year's HALT Conference! HALT is a yearly gathering of teens from around the city of Lynn to celebrate the power of youth voices and drive positive change within the community. 
 
The conference is completely free and includes teen centered workshops, community resource tables, free food, performances from community leaders, and a celebration dance.
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Urban Farm seeking volunteers for Spring 2015

Victory Programs' Revision Urban Farm is currently booking group volunteer opportunities for the 2015 Season (Mid-March – Mid-November).
Volunteers must be a least 12 and up. We can accommodate groups up to 12 people on Tuesdays - Fridays. We ask volunteers to commit to three hours. Volunteer shifts vary by date.
If you are interested in booking a date, please feel free to reply to this email or call 617-236-1012 x 227.
Victory Programs' Revision Urban Farm is currently booking group volunteer opportunities for the 2015 Season (Mid-March - Mid-November). Volunteers must be a least 12 and up. They can accommodate groups up to 12 people on Tuesdays - Fridays and ask volunteers to commit to three hours.
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