civic engagement

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

The Center for Nonprofit Success Leadership Seminar

When: Thursday, July 17 7:30 am to Noon

Where: Boston Center of Adult Education, 122 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116Read more

Let's Get Ready Career Day

When: Saturday, July 12 from 10 AM to 2 PM

Where: Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston, MA 02215Read more

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

Millennials Finding Their Own Ways to Engage

I read data about the Millennial generation with great interest. Sure, size has something to do with it. Now the largest and most diverse generation of Americans, Millennials are positioned to have a big influence on our society. The majority of our AmeriCorps members fall into the Millennial category, so learning about this group is pretty relevant for this Gen Xer. In addition, this generation is very interesting when it comes to social capital related data.Read more

Closing the Civic Achievement and Social Capital Gaps

We are all too aware of the academic achievement gap, which has rightfully stirred much effort to close the gap and create equal educational opportunity for students of all backgrounds. New research indicates there is also a disconcerting gap on civic achievement and social capital that is of particular concern to us here at SCI. Read more

Introducing SCI's 2013-2014 Host Sites

Boys and Girls Club of Woburn

We are excited to announce the return of several of our community partners as well as four new partner sites that will serve as host sites for our AmeriCorps members starting this September!

SCI recruits and trains AmeriCorps members to serve at host sites as either Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) or Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLC)

Our new partner sites are focused on a variety of missions such as promoting health and wellness, increasing educational and economic opportunities for youth and families, and promoting civic engagement.

The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, is focused on promoting healthy eating and active living by changing the environment in which we live, work and play. Read more

Become an SCI AmeriCorps Member

Become an SCI AmeriCorps member! Apply to join the team of SCI AmeriCorps members to build social capital in our communities through civic engagement opportunities. We are currently accepting applications for our positions that begin in September 2013! 

Our host sites are located in Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, Woburn, Lynn, Chinatown and Fall River. SCI AmeriCorps members serve as either Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) or Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLC). For more information about either of these positions and to learn how to apply, please click here.

Become an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

SCI is accepting applications for additional SCI AmeriCorps Host Sites.  Please review the information below and submit your application or any questions to AmeriCorps@socialcapitalinc.org.  Please review the information below before looking at the attached application and position descriptions.  The deadline for applications is June 14, 2013 or when all slots are filled so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Information about being an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  AmeriCorps State members in this program commit to serving 1700 hours of service from September through the end of June.

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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

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