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Encore Boston Network presents community activist, Douglas Chavez

Encore Boston Network's Generation to Generation initative presents a community conversation with leader and activist, Douglas Chavez! The conversation will take place on Friday, June 16 from 2-4pm at the East Boston Public LIbrary. Join the conversation to discuss how you can help your community in these challenging times. If you plan on attending, RSVP to Margaret at 617-569-0271.

This event is hosted by Encore Boston Network, along with its partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Generations Incorporated, Jumpstart, Playworks, 826 Boston, ReServe and the Mass Department of Children & Families.

Below you can find a link to the flyer printed in Spanish.

Book Talk with Ali Noorani

On May 9, the Codman Square Health Center welcomed Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani, to discuss his new book There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration. Ali Noorani was the former Director of Public Health at the Codman Square Health Center and also the former Executive Director of MIRA (the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition). He continues to be a frequent voice on immigration policy and politics.

Noorani's new book is a collection of interviews that analyze how communities within the United States are confronting immigration and the changing nature of what it means to be American. One of his main focuses is the idea that the immigration debate is not about politics and policies but cultures and values. America is going through an identity crisis, in which many communities refuse to understand that the arrival of immigrants within our neighborhoods is actually a net positive.Read more

Film Screenings that make a Difference

This spring season has already seen (and will continue to see!) some great film screenings, followed by speaker-led discussions and Q&A sessions. Topics range from the Syrian refugee crisis to the slave trade and race relations. One overwhelming fact about all of these film screenings is that they are thoroughly enjoyed. They combine film, education and thoughtful discussion to delve into important topics, while bringing people of different communities together. Here are just some of the screenings coming up:

 

Salam Neighbor - This screening was hosted by the Winchester Multicultural Network at Winchester High School on Wednesday, May 4 from 7-9pm. Salam Neighbor is a documentary film following the Syrian refugee experience through the eyes of the first two filmmakers ever to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp. The film was followed by a post-screening dialogue featuring Deirdre Giblin, asylum lawyer with the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) and Dr. Omar Salem, Chairman at the Karam Foundation. Read more

Learn about new opportunities for small business owners in 2017

The Hispanic-American Institute and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them at a complimentary breakfast to learn about new opportunities for small business owners in 2017. This is a great event if you're looking to network and grow your business! It will take place on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:30-10am at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston at Logan Airport, 100 Boardman St. East Boston, MA. 

The event will start with registration, networking and coffee, followed by welcoming remarks from both the President and Executive Director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. Then, there will be a small business technical assistance panel featuring a number of speakers from various small businesses. The Keynote Presentation will be by Larry D. Andrews, the President of Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) and will end with a Q&A session.

SCI is proud to partner with the organizations that are hosting this event. One important source of social capital is to support small businesses throughout the region, helping them to network and grow. This event is the perfect opportunity for any small business owners looking to do that!Read more

Q&A with David Shapiro: The power of building healthy youth mentoring relationships

Mentoring is all about relationships and the mutual trust that we build with a mentee by consistent commitment and support. As we celebrate January as national #MentoringMonth, it is important that we understand how building bridges and connections between mentor and mentee is a form of social capital that can ultimately lead to youth empowerment and success. A "Social Capitalist" approach to mentoring proves that by forging healthy relationships with youth and leading by example, mentors can provide opportunities to access new networks, teach social norms, and build social capital.

Who knows best the power of youth mentorship than David Shapiro, the CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. David has dedicated his life to creating the vital connections between mentor and mentee, allowing youth across the United States to acknowledge their own self worth and begin their path towards success. We decided to speak with David about his experience with youth mentoring:

Q: What is your definition of a mentor?Read more

SCI Accomplishments: Celebrating 2016 by numbers and stories

As we ring in the new year, SCI would like to take a look back at its many accomplishments of 2016! As a leader in community connection and engagement, SCI has trained and supported young leaders, recruited thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities, and created Web portals allowing individuals to access community resources. By promoting social capital throughout nineteen Eastern Massachusetts towns, SCI has proven that through hard work and dedication we can create healther and happier communities.

In the year 2016:

  • 3732 volunteers gave back to their communities
  • AmeriCorps members, along with the volunteers they recruited, served a total of 52,881 hours - this is the economic equivalent of $1,245,876
  • 362 youth leaders were trained and supported
  • Over 24,000 individuals used SCI's community web portals 

Also in the year 2016:Read more

How SCI AmeriCorps members make a difference as mentors

In honor of national Mentoring Month this January, I decided to look into how some of our very own SCI AmeriCorps members are making a difference as mentors in their community. Both Patience Misner and Bridget Peters are SCI AmeriCorps members serving in Lynn, however at different organizations. Patience serves with Girls Inc. of Lynn and Bridget serves with the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance. As Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLCs), they spend the day navigating the role of mentor and creating positive, empowering relationships with youth. 

Patience and Bridget both have similar definitions of what it means to be a mentor - someone who leads by example and strives to build relationships with mentees through trust, education, and positive encouragement. Key to their definition is also the fact that mentorship provides youth with a supportive role model who helps them understand that their voice matters and that they have the power to make a difference in their community.Read more

Social capital and climate change: What do they have in common?

People don't often see social capital and climate change in the same sentence - or even in the same book. Here, we will explore the interconnections between these two seemingly disparate theories by reviewing Daniel P. Aldrich's recent work, "Social Capital and Climate Change Adaptation." This was published in ORE Climate Science and looks at the relationship between social capital and climate change adaptation behaviors in terms of how people around the world are accomodating their lives to changing environmental conditions. 

Social capital is all about the norms, trustworthiness, and networks that tie people together within and between communities. There are various types of social capital - bonding, bridging, and linking - all of which involve the connections that one has between people. Whether it be your father or your neighbor, the local civic organization down the road, or the state Senator, these social connections help communities work cooperatively and collectively with one another to solve problems, for example protecting against and responding to climate threats. Read more

What is a good citizen and how do you create one?

Harvard University's Graduate School of Education recently hosted a forum through their #Askwith series titled, "What is a good citizen and how do you create one?" The forum explored the themes of citizenship, civic engagement and diversity, not only within the United States but on a global level as well. It featured three distinguished panelists: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Director of CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Callie Crossley, radio and tv host for WGBH, and Michelle Fine, distinguished professer at the City University of New York.

As the panelists navigated these topics, they raised a number of interesting questions that have us asking ourselves, "How can I be a more engaged citizen? What can I do to give back to my community?" Kei offered what she considers the tools for good citizenship:

- Radical skepticism

- Appetite for different perspectives and alternative explanationsRead more

CHNA 15 Presents its Cultural Proficiency Workshop

At a time when tensions are high and our nation is experiencing a profound social and cultural transition, CHNA 15 will be sponsoring a free community workshop on the topic of cultural proficiency. The workshop will feature presenter, Susan Naimark, who is a part-time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Education. She is also an affiliate trainer with Teachers 21 and Interaction Institute for Social Change, and serves as co-chair of the board of directors for Community Change, Inc. Read more

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