social capital noun. the value of our social networks & relationships

SCI gives youth the opportunity to build relationships, gain real experience, and put their ideas into action.

Youth Grant Pitch Contest

The SCI Youth Grant Pitch Contest engages youth-led groups in community projects that address the mental health needs of their peers.  The program puts young people in the driver’s seat of positive change, while providing them with the guidance, monetary resources and social capital they need to make a real impact.

Teams of young people work with volunteer coaches who provide guidance as they develop their project concepts and presentations. They will create a youth-led project to address the mental health needs of their peers, developing valuable skills in the process. The teams present their projects to a panel of volunteer judges, who will provide available funding for the winning teams to implement their projects in their communities.

Leaders for an Equitable Tomorrow (LET)

The SCI Youth Grant Pitch Contest engages youth-led groups in community projects that address the mental health needs of their peers.  The program puts young people in the driver’s seat of positive change, while providing them with the guidance, monetary resources and social capital they need to make a real impact.

Teams of young people work with volunteer coaches who provide guidance as they develop their project concepts and presentations. They will create a youth-led project to address the mental health needs of their peers, developing valuable skills in the process. The teams present their projects to a panel of volunteer judges, who will provide available funding for the winning teams to implement their projects in their communities.

Teen VEAP

The VEAP program at SCI helps provide information about vaccination and promote local clinics. In 2022, we added the Teen VEAP project, which has had teen interns working to coordinate education about vaccines on a peer to peer basis.

SCI AmeriCorps

The SCI AmeriCorps program, which we have been operating since 2007, builds the capacity of youth-serving organizations in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell, Chelsea, Lynn and Woburn to address the need to connect underserved youth with the people, experiences, and resources that increase their prospects for success. These connections are important forms of social capital, a term that refers to the collective value of all social networks. SCI places up to 25 full-time AmeriCorps Members at youth-serving nonprofit organizations to enhance their ability to engage volunteers and offer youth enrichment programming.

Social Capital Youth Projects

Every year, all SCI AmeriCorps Members facilitate a group of youth to develop and implement a Social Capital Youth Project. The project will focus on community needs identified by the youth & members. The goal is to empower youth to positively impact their communities and build their social capital through collaboration with peers and adults while developing leadership skills.