Volume 4, Issue 12; December 2017
Vital Village News
Network Events!

December 18, 5:30-8pm: Managing Bias in Mediation with Boston Law Collaborative
December 21, 12-2pm: Boston Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting
January 8, 5-5:30pm: Demonstration Kitchen Event
January 8, 6-8pm: January Network Connection Meeting

Email to RSVP
All of the above events will be located at 72 E Concord St, Boston, MA 02118.

*Note that the December Network Connection meeting has been cancelled.
Village Voices
Leadership Summit:
On November 1st and 2nd, Vital Village hosted the 4th annual Leadership Summit where over 120 network members, new & old, came together to Build Wellness through the Power of Advocacy. View photos  here! As our 2017 Keynote speaker said:

"A strong community is a safer community across levels. A collective investment in wellness and a shared commitment to it turns a community into an ever present protector of self because it shares the common belief that it deserves and is entitled to better things and then the best of things."
- Ayesha Rodriguez, Director of Family Partnerships at Horizons for Homeless Children
Nominate your Unsung Hero by December 11!
Each year Vital Village honors a member of the network as the Unsung Hero. This individual has extended themselves beyond expectations in their community or organization as a leader in maximizing child health and well-being. Please nominate your 2017 Unsung Hero here by  December 11th. The Unsung Hero will be announced at January's Network Connection meeting (Jan 8 from 6-8pm).

Handouts and Materials Needed
The  Vital Village Community Partnership (VVCP) is seeking resources for child and family enrichment in the community  for their Neighborhood Kits Project! If you have any handouts or materials to include, please email

Around the Network
FREE Breakfast for Men and Fathers
Check out  Breakfast IV Brothers' monthly event of engaging and networking in a safe space with productive/positive/uplifting men. All ages welcome!

: Sat, Dec. 9th
Time: 8:30-10am
Where: Kroc Center of Boston, 650 Dudley Street, Boston, MA 02125
Redistributing Boston's Wealth: Investing Healthcare Dollars into Communities of Color
Join a night of speakers, panelists, and honoring community leaders at this year's Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH) annual meeting!

When: Tues, Dec.12th
Time: 5:30-8pm
Where: Bruce Bolling Municipal Building, Dudley Square, Roxbury, 2300 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02119

Countdown to Kindergarten Gift Wrapping!
Countdown needs adult volunteers to help wrap gifts for donations! All donations will go towards Countdown programming to enhance early learning opportunities and support the transition into kindergarten across Boston.

When Thurs, Dec. 14th
Time: 3-9pm
Where Barnes & Noble in the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Steet #179, Boston, MA 02199
Free Workshops for Expecting or New Moms and Babies
Headed by community champion Danubia Camargos-Silva, the Eastie Babies Group is proud to present a new FREE workshop series: 
12/1: Self-Care for the Soul: Because I'm Worth It!
12/8: Nourishing Moms: Breastmilk, the Original Superfood!
12/15: Holiday Emotions: We All Feel it!

Time: 9:30-11am 
Where: Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St, East Boston, MA 02128
Community Advocacy and Leadership Certificate
Urban College is offering a Community Advocacy & Leadership Certificate during the spring 2018 semester! Students will acquire tools and develop skills to serve as better advocates in their home, their workplace, their community, and beyond. Register for the class by January 11.

When: Wednesdays
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Urban College of Boston, 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

2017 Lullaby Project Concert
Join Palaver Strings for a night of original motherhood lullabies! The Lullaby Project brings pregnant women together with professional musicians to write original lullabies for their babies. The project provides innovative prenatal support to families, supporting children's  development and strengthening the bond between parent and child. A limited number of free tickets are available for this unique, collaborative performance!

When Wed, Dec. 20
Time: 7pm
Where Huntington Ave Theater, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Around the City
Interoceptive Yoga
No prior yoga experience needed!  Practice self-care and learn a new trauma-informed skill for your toolkit! This yoga combines evidence-based and trauma-informed mindfulness and movement practices that build the skills of interoception; how to feel and pay attention.

When: Wed, Dec. 6th
Time: 7:30-8:30pm
Where: Paramount Theatre
, 559 Washington St, Boston, MA  02111
TEAM UP for Children Symposium
Join TEAM UP (Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health in Urban Pediatrics) to discuss what they have learned about meeting the behavioral health needs of children in a fully integrated primary care practice.
Date : Fri, Dec. 8th
Time : 8-1pm
Where : Bentley University, 175 Forest St, Waltham, MA 02452

FREE Holiday Skate!
Bring the whole family to enjoy skating, holiday music, and hot chocolate at the  Matthews Arena Northeastern University.

When: Sun, Dec.17th
Time: 11-2pm
Where: 238 St Botolph St, Boston, MA 02115
Advocacy Opportunity
What is the Haitian TPS?
TPS is a temporary form of protected status for immigrants who are not able to return to their country due to temporary, extreme conditions. TPS recipients can live and work legally in the United States while not being at risk for detention or deportation.
How does this affect our community?
Many Haitian families are a part of our network and the greater Boston community. Families affected by TPS expiring can face challenges related to their immigration status, which impacts housing, health care, education, and more.
How can you support your fellow Haitian families? Spread resources!
A New Community Tool: Finding Carrots!
When faced with the reality that youths in our community are hungry despite Boston's many resources for those dealing with food insecurity, Suzeth Dyer-Dunn identified a dire need for our community: a resource for finding affordable, nutritious food. Read more about Suzeth's story here and explore the mapping resource created by the Vital Village Food Access in response to this issue: Finding Carrots: Food resources and locations in Boston!
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