Village Voices 
Network members' voices are entering new spheres with the formation of our community-driven data work group.

This fall, the data dashboard - Village Vital Signs - took inspiration and direction from network members who engaged with data collection and analysis in a brand new way. Read about the first ever Food Access Data Work Group in  this blogpost or at  this website.

Get connected to funding and job opportunities available in our
 community this month.

1. Grant opportunity 
Love Your Block is a program that supports grassroots citizen engagement and leadership in Boston. They award mini-grants ($700-$3,500) to residents who initia te projects to improve public community spaces. Learn more online or at an upcoming grant writing workshop:
January 4th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm 
646 East Broadway, South Boston 02127

2. Job opportunity
  Boston Public Health Commission is looking for a Program Manager for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program. If you want to coordinate new and innovative public health efforts to expand services for young children and their families, learn more and apply online today!  

Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click on event titles to learn more and RSVP.
1/8: Taste of Winter with BMC's Demonstration Kitchen
5:00pm-5:30pm, Yawkey Building at Boston Medical Center 

6pm-8pm, Wilkins Board Room, Boston Medical Center 
Expect more and expect different. In 2018, our goal is to have all Vital Village Events be co-designed and co-hosted with our rich community partnerships and network members.

12pm-2pm, Conference Room CD at Newton Pavilion, Boston Medical Center 

Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click on event titles to learn more and RSVP.

1/15: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join Project Step and Madison Park Development Corporation for  an evening of music, reflection and community in which students share their music and attendees  have a discussion about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and impact.

Attend an evening of delicious food and support local establishments at East Boston's largest charity dining event. 

Join activist, writer, and columnist Shaun King as he discusses tools that can
extend  conversations  about social justice and equality, free and open to the public.

Resource Connector
Learn about resources relevant to children and families in our community.

Are you or someone you know going to classes with a stroller? Having a hard time managing family responsibilities while pursuing an education? If so, you may be eligible for 4 hour FREE weekly babysitting sessions from Sitters Without Borders! Learn more about them and  apply here.

Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to child and family wellbeing in our community. 
Parents concerned about changing start times in Boston Public Schools due to responsibilities related to younger children in early childhood education may find this map useful. Check out the data dashboard's resource illustrating access to general and high quality early childhood education!