November 9: 8:00am-4:00pm @ The Kroc Corps Community Center (Salvation Army), 650 Dudley St.
Vital Village Network is excited to offer the Fifth Annual Leadership Summit! Spots are filling up fast! Reserve your seat today.

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

Reflections from Last Year's Leadership Summit:
A s we move towards this year's Summit, we would like to highlight some thoughts from the 2017 Summit:

Congratulations to the new Vital Village Mediators! Our annual Social Justice Mediation Institute took place last month, here are some ways the graduating mediators will be applying their learned skills:

Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.

Unsung Hero Award
We are currently accepting nominations for our 2018 Unsung Hero Award! We're looking for someone who is doing exceptional work in their community to promote child and family wellness. Know someone who deserves more recognition? Nominate them here.

December 14: Save the Date! VVN Holiday Party
Boston Children's Museum
Come join the Village for our end of the year holiday party! We will be gathering to reflect on the highlights from this past year, reconnect with members, and unveil our 2018 Unsung Hero.

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

November 2:  Lunch & Learn Forum, Children and Media Use: Trends and Tips 
11:30am-1:15pm @ Boston Children's Museum
Dr. Seeta Pai, Executive Director of Education at WGBH will dispel common myths about children's media use and offer concrete strategies for maintaining a balanced relationship with technology. $29 to register, lunch provided.

November 6: Union Capital of Boston, Mattapan Network Night : Election Topics!
5:30pm-7:30pm @ Union Capital Bank, 1544 Columbus Ave.
Network Night is an opportunity to come together, build relationships and trust, engage in meaningful conversations about issues and action, and exchange resources. Have a specific question you'd like to discuss? Why not host a Table Talk during the event!

November 8:  Talk, Touch, & Listen While Combing Hair Workshops
See links for times @ Yawkey Center - 105 Columbia Rd, Dorchester
Dr. Marva L. Lewis, our Leadership Summit Keynote, will be facilitating two free, 2-hour workshops : A Train the Trainer workshop for providers, and a Parent Cafe   for parents, caregivers, barbers, and hairstylists. Both will explore how to use simple conversations and approaches to hair, in relation to attachment and social emotional wellness.
November 14:  Community First Aid Workshop
5:30pm-7:30pm @ Family Enrichment Site
This workshop is a trauma-informed community healing approach to assist individuals, families, and young people affected by traumatic events by creating strong bonds with one another, and begin the recovery and healing process and foster resiliency. To learn more/RSVP contact Tara Register @ (617) 474 1143 x263 //

November 15: Talking Tough: How to facilitate difficult conversations
10:00am-4:00pm @ Northeastern University
Learn how to hold spaces for difficult conversations, build trust, and foster understanding to enhance resilience for having constructive conversations on challenging topics. Register by Nov. 6 th !
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Check out job, volunteer, and grant opportunities available in our community.

Job:  Community Organizer for Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation :
The CSNDC Community Organizer will be responsible for taking a lead and/or supporting organizing role in CSNDC Community Cohesion, Health and Equitable Outcomes and Opportunity programming. Contact Jason Boyd for more details / email:  /617.825.4224 x140

Operation LIPSTICK is seeking workshop trainers who are resourceful, motivated, proactive, and compassionate leadership trainers. You would be responsible for facilitating prevention workshops through their peer-to-peer approach to empower women to refuse to buy, hide, carry or hold guns for others. Call (617) 233-5363 to apply.

As part of the Community Engagement Team, you would be responsible for developing and implementing programs that take place inside and outside of the Museum and support Museum priorities. Submit a resume & cover letter here to apply!

JSV is offering a 14-week Nurse's Aide training program focusing on long-term care through classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experience, as well as a 12-week Pharmacy Technician training program which includes coursework and a 114-hour externship with a local pharmacy. Both trainings include opportunities for job placement upon completion.

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

  Launched in 2009, Parent University was created as the primary strategy to build the capacity of parents to be actively engaged in their child's education. The goal of the program is to "educate and empower parents as partners, advocates and lifelong teachers in their child's education through educational courses and leadership opportunities." 

Save the date!
The first event of the Parent University series is the STEM Conference on December 6th. This hands-on conference is designed for parents and children to learn about the amazing world of science, technology, engineering, and math and the many ways we are affected by it in our daily lives and the careers associated with it.


Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to child and family well-being.
Community connectedness is a key component in fostering community resiliency, and can be thought of as establishing social bonds between individuals and families, as well as between community members and community organizations. In our pilot study on CONtexts, a free text messaging service that promotes child and family wellness by providing current information about community resources on health and nearby fun, we found that caregivers who received these texts were nearly 4 times more likely to report supportive neighborhood programs and were also less likely  to report fair/poor self-rated health.

Interested in receiving updates about community resources? Text KIDS to 8-8-5-8-8 to sign up!