SCI Quarterly News: Winter Edition

SCI Quarterly eNews - 2010 Winter Edition
 
 
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Save the Date for the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon!

Each year we honor individuals that exemplify our mission by presenting them with an SCI Idealist Award. This year's Idealist Award recipients, Saskia & Paul Epstein, and Susan Musinsky, will be honored at the 2010 SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon on April 7

A number of Community Social Capitalists will be recognized as well.  Please visit our luncheon pages for all the event details, including background on Award recipients, ticket purchasing info and listing of sponsors and host committee members.  Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Compare Supermarkets.

 
 
 
March 4th, 2010
In This Issue
Save the Date for the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon
Recent Youth Council Activities
Making the Connection
The Burlington Youth Council is Off to a Strong Start!
In Their Own Words

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Recent Youth Council Activities

PJs for BJs Pajama DriveSCI Youth Councils show their commitment, even when times are tough!  Pictured to the left SCI AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator, Jennifer Ward from the SCI Milford Youth Council and Jim Sanchioni, Director of Milford Youth Center, delivered nearly 300 pairs of children's pajamas to BJ's Wholesale Club, General Manager, Joe Reardon.  BJ's, in collaboration with the Boston Bruins, has been collecting children's new and unused pajamas to give to nonprofit organization, Cradles to Crayons.  SCI Youth Council collections have been extremely successful in helping meet the basic needs of struggling community members; such as SCI Woburn Youth Council's Jeans for Teens initiative, SCI Lynn's canned food collection in conjunction with Compare Supermarket, and the Winter Coat Drive in Dorchester.

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Making the Connection
Mydorchester.org site
SCI's Outreach & Technology AmeriCorps members continue to make innovative use of our community websites to connect people to a variety of valuable resources.  For instance, the MyDorchester.org site now includes new maps to help residents find info on their local civic associations or where to find the nearest zipcar.  And since the earthquake in Haiti, the team has compiled a rich array of timely resources for the many Boston area residents with ties to Haiti.  Each month, some 5,000 individuals now use an SCI community website to access information that helps them connect to civic opportunities and resources.
 
The Burlington Youth Council is Off to a Strong Start!

Woburn Youth CouncilThe Burlington Youth Council recently became the latest youth leadership program site in the SCI network.  SCI has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn start the new program, with a generous grant from the Comcast Foundation.  The 15 Youth Council members have chosen to focus on drug/alcohol abuse within Burlington. They will begin their work with a survey that they are creating, which will be administered to middle school as well as high school students. The Council members will use this survey to gauge the success of current efforts and to plan a course of action. 

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In Their Own Words

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NuPath, a Woburn-based agency that serves individuals with disabilities, is one of SCI's newest AmeriCorps host site partners.  These days, funders and others are often most interested in our numbers, how we are providing tangible benefits in this time of great economic need.  Yet this story, relayed by Jennifer Burns, an SCI AmeriCorps member placed at NuPath, reminds us of how a seemingly small action can bring great joy to someone.  Visit our blog to hear Jennifer talk about her effort to bring music to a young man with autism.  


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