The 2016 Digital Storytelling Workshop with Father's Uplift
Volume 3, Issue 10; October 2016
In This Issue:

III.   Bright Spot
IV.   CONtexts

VIII. Research
IX.   Useful Tools
Save the Date:savedate
3rd Annual Social Justice Mediation Institute (SJMI):
Are you interested in making a difference in your community?
Register via EventBrite  by Wednesday 

The Vital Village Network is hosting the 3rd annual SJMI! Participants who complete the 40-hour training will receive a certificate that designates them as a qualified mediator! This training if FREE and open to all adults (18+). These new mediation skills can be used not only at work, but also within your family and community. 

The SJMI will take place on October 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th and 16th, from 9 am-5 pm, at the   Roxbury Innovation Center -  2300 Washington St, Boston, MA 02119.

Upcoming Network Connection Meetings:
RSVP ahead of time by clicking on the date below:

The Network Connection meeting will take place in Evans Seminar Room (Room 112A) at the Boston University Medical Campus (72 East Concord St., Boston, MA 02118). A pancake breakfast  and parking validation for the 710 Albany Garage will be provided.

Leadership Summit 2016:
We are so excited to continue developing partnerships and building movements at the 2016 Vital Village Leadership Summit!  Are you interested in presenting at this year's summit? Are there specific topics, tools, or skills you would like to learn more about? Please send your ideas and suggestions to

The Summit has officially been scheduled for December 13th-14th at The Nonprofit Center at 89 South St. in Boston.
Special Announcement  Specialevent

The Vital Village Community Partnership , a group of motivated community residents, has a Facebook page though which they share community events and resources. As a VVCP member said, "We need to ignite others to carry this torch with us." If you'd like to be more involved, please email for more information. 

***Help us get to 500 likes*** 

Bright Spots:bright
Digital Storytelling with Father's Uplift 

On September 10 th and 11th, Father's Uplift and Vital Village collaborated so that five participants could work with facilitator Ayesha McAdams-Mahmoud to share their unique experiences of fatherhood in a short video. These digital stories incorporated voice recordings, pictures, visual effects and music to tell deeply personal narratives.You can view each story here.

"For me, it was a powerful experience because it allowed the stories that lived inside each father to become real for others- through film and voice and sound."  
- David Kapaon, Junior Facilitator 

Opening of FIVE Baby Cafe/Drop-In Breastfeeding Groups

It's official! Five free, drop-in breastfeeding groups are now open and ready for parents at:

- Boston Medical Center on Tuesdays from 9:30am-12:30pm
- Children's Services of Roxbury on Thursdays from 5-7pm
Boston Children's Museum on Thursdays from 10-11am
United  South End Settlements on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30am
- First Teacher on Fridays from 1-2pm

Each group has at least one trained Certified Lactation Counselor, a great resource for any pregnant woman or new mom. We hope that as our new groups gain regulars, these weekly groups will become shared spaces for moms to learn from each other and to connect with other important resources. For more information, visit  our website!
CONtexts CONtexts

Vital Village is excited to offer a free texting service, in which users will receive information about  community resources (Mondays), useful  youth wellness tips  (Wednesdays), and  fun family activities  (Fridays). To subscribe, please  text KIDS  to  88588 . You can also join the Facebook page  here

To give feedback on what information you'd like to hear about or to share resources you know about, e-mail with the subject "CONtexts" or post on the Facebook page.
Praising Parents: praisingparents
"So Daddy, how did you feel when I was born?"
Listen to a young science and language prodigy interview her hardworking dad on NPR's StoryCorps.  Listen here.

Mario Loiseau and his daughter, Mabou

Have an interview or a video that you  think would be perfect  for next month's  Praising Parents?  Share it with us at 
Around the Network:network

Survivors Leadership Academy
Do you know a survivor of a homicide? The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is offering a certification program to develop skills and readiness around 
transforming pain into peace, power, and action; rebuilding community by reaching out to recent survivors, and promoting understanding among law enforcement and service providers. 
To register, contact Alexandra at 617.825.1917 or use this  link

When : 10/3, 10/5, 10/12, 10/17, 10/19, 10/24, 11/2, 11/7 (5:30-8 pm)
Where : Louis D. Brown Peace Institute/ 15 Christopher St; Dorchester
Men of Boston Cook for Women's Health
An event from Codman Health Center.
Come eat delicious food while raising funds to support health programs around breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/ AIDS in Dorchester!

For more information or to buy a ticket, click here

When: Thursday, October 6 at 6 pm
Where: Codman Health Center: 637 Washington St/ Dorchester, MA 02124

Dynamic Neighbors in Action
Looking to learn about healthful cooking and to connect with other awesome cooks? The DotWell Center will be hosting a cooking and nutrition class for patients 50+ with diabetes or prediabetes. Read from the ADA's meal planning tips and recipes here. Get ready to learn, have fun, and cook some delicious & nutritious food!

When: Tuesday, September 13- 9:30-11:30 am
Where: Conference Room A; Dorchester House Multi-Service Center- 1353 Dorchester Avenue; Dorchester, MA 02122 
Contact: Call Sophie Dover for more information at 617-822-8224 
18th Annual New England Fatherhood Conference 
March 22-24, 2017

Join dads, families, social workers, health educators, fatherhood specialists and family advocates to learn together and share our work to support fathers! Presenters will facilitate interactive workshops around four topics:  Dad & Family/Community, Dads & Health, Dads & Education and Dads & Systems. If you are interested in creating one of these workshops, please reach out to for application forms. Applications are due on October 20, 2016.  Primary presenters will receive a free ticket to the conference, while secondary presenters will receive reduced prices! 

Where: Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Groton, Connecticut. 
Click here to learn more! 

Around the City: city1
Music and Nature--A Beautiful Match

Do you love both music and nature? Come enjoy a special community concert with musiConnects. Spend your morning outdoors listening to beautiful music with friends and family.
When : Sunday, October 1610 am - 2 pm
Where : Boston Nature Center/ 500 Walk Hill St

For more information, click here  
Project Hope Open House

Join Project Hope as they celebrate 35 years of helping families move out of poverty!
Mingle with the Board of Directors, connect w ith Project Hope's ambassador's and enjoy a glass of wine in celebration. 

When: Oct 6th. 
Where550 Dudley St. Roxbury, MA 02119

RSVP to 
A Night of Jazz

Do you enjoy music and conversations on healthy living? Come to a Celebration of Health- a jazz concert honoring Gloria L. Fox and Joseph Maher Jr. of Steward Health Care. Relax and de-stress with some smooth tunes. 

When: Thursday, October 27- 10 pm
Where: Strand Theatre/ 543 Columbia Road
Pre-School Story Time
Come listen to magical, captivating, and adventurous stories
Go to the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library with your child (ages 3-5) on Wednesday mornings (10:30 am - 11:30 am) for story time! Call in advance to pre-register at 617.442.6186.

Also at the Dudley Branch: 
  1. Tuesdays at 10:30 am- movie showings for preschoolers
  2. Chess lessons on Saturday afternoons
  3. Check out the collection of books covering the African American experience since before the Civil War, including the slave trade, the Underground Railroad, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement. There is also an extensive collection of books about African American music and musicians including gospel, blues, jazz and soul.

Tilt-Down Fence
Tilt-Down Fence, a temporary urban stage set for Vietnamese water puppet shows and oral plays about immigrant experiences, is coming to Dorchester in early October (by the Fields Corner bus stop)!

The fence both represents the economic ladder and is a physical framework where people can come together and support one another. 

"symbolically speaks about the borders
and boundaries that the immigrant population has to break through + structure of placemaking"

BR+A+CE has met with Evelyn Darling, Nia Allen-Lee, and their youth groups to think about ways in which Tilt-Down Fence can best serve the Dorchester immigrant community. 

Read more  here .
Early Voting in Boston
The city of Boston will be hosting twenty-seven "one-day" early voting sites. "For the first time Boston will allow voters to cast their ballots early from October 24, 2016 through November 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., for the November 8 Election." This decision will allow city residents to vote at a time that is convenient for their work and family schedule. Read the full article on voting registration  HERE !  

Voting in your local and national elections is important for so many reasons, including making your voice heard!  Click here  to learn more about the importance of voting, and the voting process itself!

While a little absurd, this intervention has important implications that were echoed by the other  interventions studied.  1 Appealing to white people's sense of justice or egalitarianism may not be effective in and of itself.  2. Not only is it important for white people to repeatedly see black people in positive ways, it helps for whites to actively and personally identify with a group composed of black people 3. Reducing implicit bias might require portraying white people in negative ways, especially if they these new views can replace or complicate specific negative biases about black people. 

Click here to compare additional interventions and read the full article by Lai et. al.*
The National Center on Family Homelessness created the "What About You?" workbook to help promote self-care exercises in non-profits organizations. This workbook provides self-care assessment tools, strategies for remaining connected to co-workers, organizational health surveys and more information about "compassionate fatigue" and "vicarious trauma." 
Click here to learn more. 
The Scoop on Stats:stats
staying up to date with data measurement!

Fig 1. Diaper need in the United States, Smith et al. 2013
Diaper need and its impact on child health** 

In this 2013 study, a group of 877 low-income, urban women were interviewed about diaper need. Over 30% of women reported not having enough diapers to change their children as often as they would like. When a young child remains in a soiled diaper for too long, she can acquire dermatitis (rashes) and urinary tract infections. Low diaper access can also create high level of stress for parents. As such, diaper access is important both for the health of children and for the mental health of parents.  Smith notes that a single person working at federal minimum wage could expect to pay more than 6% of her gross pay (total income before taxes), and that certain demographics (like Hispanic women and women over 45) were significantly more likely to suffer from diaper need.  Read more  here! 

Know someone who is working to improve diaper access in the community? 
Please email with more information! 

* Lai, C.K. et al.  (2014). Reducing Implicit Bias Preferences: a Comparative Investigation of 17 Interventions.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Advance Online Publication. 
** Smith, M. et al. (2013). Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health. Pediatrics (132:2).  
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