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Join the 2015 Social Capital Forum steering committee

Our 2015 Social Capital Forum will focus on the relationship between social capital and health. We are looking for committee members with a particular interest or expertise in this intersection who can offer input on potential speakers, panelists, and event logistics. The first meeting of this committee will take place on December 2nd, 2014 in Boston. If you would like to attend, please email Jordan Caress for more information.

Girls Inc. of Lynn seeks volunteer Choral Director

Have a passion for music? Looking to give back to your community while doing something you love? 
Girls Inc. of Lynn is seeking a volunteer Choral Director to create a Girls Inc. of Lynn chorus of 20 girls, ages 5-15! The position would require a weekly commitment of one hour (specifics are further addressed below.
Detailed Description courtesy of SCI Lynn: 
Blend voices of a group of incredible urban singers!
Girls Incorporated of Lynn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages, and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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Summit offers important insight on cross-sector collaboration

Panelists at this year's Gateway Cities Innovation Summit made it clear that the key to success in economic development and neighborhood revitalization is successful cross-sector collaboration. Through these "unlikely partnerships", new and exciting ideas are generated and reciprocity is cultivated.
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Victory Programs seek volunteers for 'Celebration of Life' Thanksgiving Dinner

Victory Programs' Boston Living Center is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner, serving 700+ people living with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones. They need a total of 250 volunteers to help with everything from serving food to set-up, coat check, greeting guests, and clean up. If interested, find more info here.

SCI Partners Join in Food Day Events

Health proponents and food activists across the US are celebrating Food Day 2014, an initiative of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). For the fourth consecutive year, Food Day (officially celebrated on October 24th) unites people of all backgrounds and geographical locations in a common cause: "to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies."

In Chelsea, our partners at Healthy Chelsea have been offering programming all month leading up to the momentous day. Through gardening workshops, shopping tours of Market Basket, and taste tests and demonstrations in Chelsea's Public Schools, Healthy Chelsea has taken a multifaceted approach, addressing several of the factors that contribute to health and wellness in the community. They have also engaged in a social media campaign to encourage healthy eaters to document and share pictures of meals that feature nutrient-rich "real food."
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Youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient inspiration to youth wordwide

Already anAlready an international political player at the age of 17, Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. This comes only two years after she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt by a Taliban soldier while she was on her way to school.
Already an international political player at the age of 17, Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. This comes only two years after she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt by a Taliban soldier while she was on her way home from school.
At the time of her injury, Yousafzai was already an outspoken propenent of access to education for girls in Pakistan. She began her political involvement at 11 as a correspondent for the BBC, blogging (under a pseudonym) about dangerous conditions in her native Swat Valley.
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Boston Project Ministries seeks volunteers for Youth Council!

Our partners at the Boston Project Ministries are seeking volunteers for two youth-affiliated positions. See attached flyer for more information!

"What Matters for Health" Game Exciting New Resource in Community Health

In an exciting development in community health initiatives, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, partnering with Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, is offering an interactive health game to help determine the needs of Boston communities.


“What Matters For Health,” which I played (and enjoyed), is basically an incentive-based survey about health: Answer a question, earn 10 coins. At the end of the game, you use your accumulated coinage to donate virtually to real-life organizations. The organization with the most virtual donations at the end of a challenge's two-week window receives an actual cash prize. Read more

Volunteer with the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance

The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance is an organization that promotes healthy eating and active living by working in the Lynn community both with store/restaurant owners as well as Lynn residents. The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance aims to implement political, systematic, and environmental changes that can increase accessibility to healthy food and maximize opportunities for physical fitness.

Right now, the organization's Youth Health Alliance, a group of dedicated high school students from different schools in Lynn, is recruiting for two big projects.

The Healthy Corner Store Project aims to promote the healthy items that corner stores sell and in turn help Lynn residents to make educated healthy choices when shopping at these stores. The Healthy Dining Initiative works to get local restaurants to provide healthy and nutritious dining options to their customers.Read more

College Bound Dorchester Seeking Tutors

College Bound Dorchester works to ensure that all students view success in college not just as a possibility in their lives but as a baseline expectation. They are looking for volunteers who are willing to work with ESOL students as part of their English Tea Time program. The program in on-going and always looking for committed volunteers. A link to the volunteer flyer is posted below.

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