SCI in the News

2015 Social Capitalist Luncheon a Success!

Our 2015 Social Capitalist Luncheon was fun, inspiring, and extremely successful!

Expertly emceed by Latoyia Edwards of NECN, the Luncheon featured moving and engaging speeches from SCI AmeriCorps member Danni Jones and our 2015 SCI Idealist Award recipients, Benjamin Zander and Eric Schwarz. Their words called attendees to become engaged in their communities and embrace possibility. 

This year, SCI introduced a new mobile giving platform that allowed attendees to donate live from their personal devices. Thanks to the 80+ donors, we were able to reach our "on the spot" fundraising goal of $15,000 to train young leaders and foster healthy communities.

SCI would like to thank our sponsors, donors, attendees, volunteers, and everyone else who helped make the event a huge success!

SCI announces May Forum on Social Capital and Health

Social Capital Inc. is excited to announce an SCI Forum on Social Capital and Health scheduled for May 8th, 2015. The forum will feature keynote speaker Dr Sandro Galea, Dean of Boston University School of Public Health. 

Dr Galea, a physician and epidemiologist, has focused research on the social production of health of urban populations. He is also interested in the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide. Dr Galea will speak on how his research and experience relates to the link between social capital and health outcomes in our region, the United States, and the world.Read more

SCI Partner Lynn Youth Health Alliance wins video contest!

Salud Today Blog

SCI partner Lynn Youth Health Alliance has won a contest sponsored by health organization Salud Today for a video profiling the LYHA's Healthy Corner Store project. The teens worked with corner stores in Lynn, MA to make healthier food options more available (and junk food less prominently displayed). Check out their winning video below!

 

 

 

SCI Receives Vela Foundation Grant for $15,000

"Grant aids Woburn's Social Capital Inc.," by Bruce Coulter, Woburn Advocate (February 14, 2015)

 

As highlighted in this piece by Bruce Coulter of the Woburn Advocate, SCI was recently awarded a Vela Foundation grant in the amount of $15,000 to aid our efforts to foster healthy communities, specifically in Chelsea, MA. In partnership with Healthy Chelsea, SCI plans to train 10 grassroots community leaders to develop and implement health promotion projects in Chelsea neighborhoods. This step will coincide with continued use and development of an SCI-designed interactive web portal linking Chelsea residents to health and community resources. As SCI Founder and President David Crowley mentions in the linked article, private foundation grants like these our essential to SCI's continued development of new programming.

Now accepting applications for SCI AmeriCorps Host Site Partners!

SCI currently places 25 AmeriCorps members at nonprofits throughout Eastern Massachusetts (for a full list, see our Locations Page). We are currently accepting applications from Massachusetts nonprofits that would like to host an AmeriCorps member for the 2015-2016 service term!

For more information, click here! Deadline is March 13th!

Woburn Youth Council offers minigrants to youth-led service projects!

The Woburn Youth Council is offering mini-grants of up to $750 for service projects organized and led by youth. The Youth Council is implemented through a partnership between SCI and the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. The funding is made possible by donations to SCI including grants from the Cummings Foundation and the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Foundation. To view the application or to apply, please click here. Applications can also be picked up at the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn
 
BGC Woburn will be accepting applications until Feb 27th. A BGC representative will follow up to schedule an interview after your application is received.
 
There will be an info session held at BGCW on Jan. 20th at 7pm for any questions.
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SCI partners with WROC, expands to Saugus and Winthrop

SCI has recently formed a new partnership with Winnisimmet Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC) to adapt our web portal tool to support WROC's mission of preventing and treating opioid abuse. As WROC is a coalition of several communites (Revere, Chelsea, Saugus, Winthrop), through this partnership SCI expands to the communities of Winthrop and Saugus while building on our relationships with health organizations in Chelsea and Revere.

SCI has been supporting a similar organization, the Healthy Gloucester Coalition, by faciliating discussion and providing training to their Youth Council. We look forward to offering more comprehensive support on abuse issues through the opportunity to build and support this new web portal.

SCI celebrates Lawrence Partnership Launch

Modelled after successful cross-sector collaborations in Salem and Lowell, the Lawrence Partnership hosted a launch party on November 21st. The 36 member board of directors, a diverse group Lawrence, MA residents, business owners, and other leaders, will work together to bring economic growth and development to the region. The Partnership's first initiative, announced at the launch, is the "Spend 10" campaign, which encourages those who live or work in Lawrence to spend $10 or more at a local business. 

SCI has spent the past few months designing a web portal for the Lawrence Partnership, which was also launched on November 21st. SCI President David Crowley was in attendance at the party, as well as SCI AmeriCorps member and Lawrence native Sabrina Boggio of Groundwork Lawrence. Sabrina helped with outreach for the event and will be managing the SCI community web portal in Lawrence.Read more

SCI Locations Page Goes Live!

Our website has recently been updated to include a list, descriptions, and a map of all of our 15 locations. Each of our partner organizations is spotlighted here, as well as our AmeriCorps members and Community Web Portals. Find the link above and on the top navigation bar! 

SCI and Franklin Park Coalition receive MLK Service Day Grant

SCI, in collaboration with the Franklin Park Coalition, has recently been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Service Alliance for a 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event, which will take place in Franklin Park on January 19th of next year, will involve a volunteer clean-up effort and activities/discussions about the legacy and impact of Dr. King. Youth volunteers from all regions of Massachusetts are especially welcome at this event. For more information, please contact Asia Garcia, the SCI Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at Franklin Park Coaltion.