Village Voices 
Network members' voices bring good news and share highlights from around our community.   

Network Members Lead Another Year in the Village
2018 was a tremendous year for the Vital Village Network! And none of this could have been accomplished without the passionate and fearless leadership of community leaders within the network. We invite you to read our latest blog to reflect back with us!

Celebrate Advocacy, Mentorship , and Leadership
On December 14, we came together to celebrate the year, reconnect with members, and honor true champions for change across the network at the Vital Village Network Holiday Party:
  • Unsung Hero of 2018 - Soraya Harley
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award - Jenny Weaver
  • Visionary Leadership in Child Advocacy Award - Jeri Robinson
Both adults and children enjoyed inter-generational games and activities over a community meal sponsored by Hayley House, and families were invited to enjoy the wonders of the Boston Children's Museum. We give a special thanks to the Vital Village Community Partnership (VVCP) and the Boston Children's Museum for co-hosting a fun, family-friendly, and relationship deepening gathering! Enjoy photos here.

Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.
1:00-2:00pm @ 
This  Networks for Opportunity (NOW) session will examine the critical role that trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)--and the community structures, systems, and policies that drive them--play in shaping the long term health and wellbeing of children and their families across the life course. Learn more and register here !

5:30-7:30pm @ Evans Seminar Room, BU Medical School, 72 E. Concord
An opportunity to share innovations in breastfeeding, coordinate resources for new parents, and connect with a larger network of support groups within and beyond the Breastfeeding Coalition.

January 14: 
@ FGH Building, Boston Medical Center,  820 Harrison Ave
5:30-6:00pm - New!   Network Meet-Up, an intentional space for relationship building & networking
6:00-8:00pm - Meeting Program
It's the first VVN Network Connection Meeting of the Year! Join us to review the feedback from our Network Collaboration Survey & design 2019 actions to reflect our shared goals.

9:00am-3:00pm Every Day @ The Black Box Theater at Codman Academy, 14 Epping St
Are you interested in learning the skills to support families in your community? We are accepting applications for the 2019 Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) Training to become a breastfeeding peer counselor!

During the training, you will learn the essentials for providing peer counseling in lactation management and facilitating breastfeeding support groups. Please fill out this application form  and learn more here if you are interested or contact with questions.

Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.
5:30-7:30pm @ Family Nurturing Center, 200 Bowdin St
All Dorchester residents, providers, organizations, and community members are invited to be a voice of change in the community. Free dinner and childcare is provided if RSVP to Tara Register at .

8:00am-3:00pm @ Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane
Interested in integrated behavioral health care for children? Join this 2nd annual conference covering topics that range from strengthening and supporting families to sustaining integrated care through advocacy and more! Register and see more information here.

January 15: Free Family Bowling
6:00-7:30pm @ Boston Bowl, 820 Morrissey Blvd
This program is open to any child or teen (ages 4-18) and their family who have experienced the death of someone important. For more information, see flyer.

6:00-8:00pm @ Roxbury Community College, Bldg 3 Room 12, 1234 Columbus Ave
Roxbury Community College has partnered with Our Village Initiative to share different strategies on wealth creation. Register and learn more information here.

12:00-1:00pm @ First Church in Roxbury, 10 Putnam St
Boston Alliance for Young Children's Social Emotional Wellness (BAYCSEW) holds this monthly open meeting for all who care for, serve, and support children ages 0-8. Gift cards for the first 10 parents/caregivers who register and attend!

Check out  more community events on our Website and Facebook
Check out job, volunteer, and grant opportunities available in our community.

The Consultant Psychiatrist diagnoses and treats patients with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in an outpatient setting in Boston on an as needed basis and time frame that is fitting for their schedule. Apply and learn more about the position here.

Funding to provide technical assistance to community health centers as they explore and adopt policy system and environmental change solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve. Apply by January 6 and learn more here.

Grant: Family Strengthening Small Grants Fund for $500-5,000  
Funding to support activities and projects that are carried out by resilient volunteers in the greater Dudley, Grove Hall, and Uphams Corner neighborhoods that aim to build, strengthen, and support families. Apply by January 31 and learn more here.

Early Registration & Scholarships: The New England Fathering Conference
March 13-15 @ Springfield Sheraton, Springfield
Dads, family service providers, social workers, health professionals, educators, program directors, state and federal representatives, father advocates and other stakeholders are invited to participate, share, and learn with each other. Workshops include many of Vital Village Network members! See more information about the early registration and scholarships here.

FREE Online Training: Preventing Adverse Childhood Exerpeinces (ACEs) by the CDC
This training begins with two modules designed to increase awareness and understanding of ACEs and ways to prevent them.

Request a Training: Connecting Community to Research
This training introduces people to basic research concepts, highlights opportunities to partner with researchers, and emphasizes storytelling skills as a way to contribute to the health and wellness of communities. No prior research experience needed! Training dates are coordinated with individual organizations. For questions and inquiries, email Jennifer Pamphile.
Resource Connector
Learn more about resources relevant to children and families in our community from our community.

Yes, school registration for Fall 2019 is open for public, private, and charter schools! Below are a few resources to help guide you, your friend, or a neighbor on their journey to registering children for school.

Smart from the Start: Prenatal Education Groups
Do you know a family who is expecting a child? This program provides an opportunity for expecting families to participate in workshops, learn about services, and get to know other families in the neighborhood. If interested, email Jessica Gonzalez.

This guide is designed to help parents and caregivers in  Massachusetts find the child mental health services and resources their child needs.
Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to child and family well-being.

Vital Village Network Connection Meetings are designed to promote shared learning and collaboration by creating a space that builds connections, trust, and collective responsibility for our  mission. In 2018, Network Connection Meetings were co-designed with network partners to maximize the diverse expertise and wisdom within the network.

At the end of each meeting, we distribute, collect, analyze, and publicly share attendee input from our Villager Feedback Forms on our Data Dashboard.

Connecting directly to our Theory of Change, we ask for feedback on practical application, social connections, different levels of engagement, and leadership as measures for improving community systems. See graphs here.

Email our Network Coordinator, Yusuf Ali at!