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Stand Against Racism Event with the Mattapan Youth Council

Mattapan United Logo

The Mattapan Youth Council will host a youth-centered event called Stand Against Racism. This event is scheduled to take place on April 25, 2014. The plans for this event are still in the works. For more information, please contact Gia Garris at ggarris@socialcapitalinc.org.

Youth Inauguration Summit

Youth Summit Flyer

Come share your vision for Boston with Mayor elect Marty Walsh! On Saturday January 4, from 3-6 pm, Marty Walsh will be hosting a Youth Inauguration Summit. The event will take place at Roxbury Community College Media Center located at 1234 Columbus Avenue in Roxbury Crossing. The event will be co-moderated by Latoyia Edwards, NECN Anchor and Charlie Rose from City Year. 

There will be refreshments, a meet and greet, special celebrity guest, and an ice cream social. There will also be entertainment by Project Hip-Hop. Project Hip-Hop is a youth led organization, they provide opportunities for young people to work together to gain skills and experience necessary to educated and organize social justice in their schools, communities, and in the broader society.

Transportation is available if it is a barrier for your participation. You can call 617-357-5777 x215 or 603-867-2348.

Building Social Capital for Youth Success and Healthy Communities

Healthy Chelsea teens enjoying a nutritious lunch

Earlier this year, the SCI Board adopted a new strategic plan for the organization, certainly one of our most important developments in 2013. The new plan has been referenced in several places here on the site, including the updated summary of our programs and services. But I realized we hadn't blogged about some of our thinking behind the direction of our new plan, so wanted to do so here. Before getting into that, let me say a big word of thanks for Eric Curtis, who did a great job facilitating our strategic plan development!Read more

Empowering Youth to Lead Change

children harvesting celery as part of SCI & YMCA Giving Garden project.
What connects you toWhat connects you to your community?
We have reached our $2,100 fundraising goal for this campaign! Thanks to all of our supporters, our goal was reached a week before our 12/31 deadline. We can still use your support, if you're considering final 2013 contributions. Additional funds would cover activities such as our showcase event that brings together youth from all 9 projects and other enriching experiences for our young leaders. Donate here on our Square Marketplace page to support SCI!
What connects you to your community? Here at SCI, we know that you are already someone working at strengthening our communities.
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Teen Empowerment is Hiring!

Work for Teen Empowerment Boston!

When: Summer 2013

Where: 21 Balfour Street, Dorchester, MA

What: Looking for youth ages 14-21 who enjoy rap, dance, visual arts and/or spoken word to work with teens. Pay is $9/hour

If interested, please contact Samantha at (617) 427-1599.

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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AmeriCorps Member Jen Ward Brings her Service to the Dominican Republic

An SCI AmeriCorps member, Jen Ward, made a connection in her service that brought her to the Dominican Republic where she continued to help youth. She was asked by a local mother to help plan a fundraiser/recognition event at the Milford Youth Center. She helped with fliers, a PowerPoint and other information pertaining to the day of the event. As a result of this collaboration, Jen was invited to the Dominican Republic to help volunteer. She spent two weeks in the Boca Chica region with Jenny Gonzalez of Milford, Rev. Jose Medina of Framingham and Stephanie Cushman of Millis. During the two weeks, Jen volunteered in 5 different communities helping teach basic English, playing sports, helping prepare and serve meals and distribute sneakers (donated by Milford and Millis residents) and t-shirts (donated by Milford Youth Center) to the local children in need. Over 100 youth were given new or gently used sneakers with an outfit as a holiday gift. Considering the very rocky and rough terrain, the sneakers will be very useful for the kids in these communities.Read more

Youth Council Members Report College Success

One of our AmeriCorps members, Kevin McGravey, was mentioned he'd been hearing several reports of former SCI Youth Council members who have attributed their success in college in part to the leadership experience they gained on the Youth Council. Sounds like this is an avenue we should think about for future impact evaluation. Meanwhile, this anecdote he relayed from a parent is compelling:

"My child was one of the first group of youth council members and just finished her second year of college. Her youth council experience gave her the skills she needed to succeed. When she was part of youth council I always thought it was a nice way for her to give back to the community but after a few years of youth council I noticed she was more independent, able to speak her mind and lead her peers. Those qualities have so helpful for her inside and outside of the classroom."

SCI Speaks Up for Healthy Teen Relationships

SCI speaks Up 1On a Saturday in mid-March SCI Youth Councils from Dorchester, Lynn and Woburn came together to discuss community needs and create a plan to help. Youth discussed issues ranging from the economy to homelessness to hunger before eventually deciding to create a "Speak Up! campaign to promote Healthy Teen Relationships. Read more

Youth Civic Showcase and Awards 2009

YCSA 2009


”There are so many problems, its key that we’re all getting involved”

-Kelly Wright, JAG Milford Youth Council Read more

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