“It’s not enough for us to know, we must do”
- Smith Guillaume Lamothe, NCLS 2021
Village Voices
Network members' voices bring good news and share highlights from
around our community. 
Community Transformers for Maternal Health Care
She-Tara Smith, Doula, VVN Peer Lactation Scholar and Breastfeeding Coalition Member, was featured in the Boston Globe. Learn more about the role of Doulas to support just and equitable maternal and child health.
Thank you for making the 2021 National Community Leadership Summit an incredible success. With over 400 registered attendees from across the US and 12 countries we will continue our call to action and to rememberhonor, and restore with poetry and history, social innovations and connections, participatory tools and strategies, wisdom and storytelling.

Are you interested in joining the Steering Committee for next years summit?
As we prepare for the November 2021 Elections we continue to ask the question: What can we all do to elevate collective leadership so that all children can flourish? Let's work to build a society that truly values community leadership.

Network Events
Connect with Vital Village Network at these upcoming events. Click
event to RSVP or learn more.
Social Justice Mediation
The Social Justice Mediation Institute is a six-day training where participants learn mediation skills to reduce conflict and address power and privilege.

Graduates are certified social justice mediators and complete a 6-month service-learning pathway.

The Institute begins December 3rd

November 5th 5:30-7:00pm

The Mental Health Youth Forum is a space for young people to discuss health and engage with peers to promote wellbeing and resilience. Join us for music, conversation and connections.

Thursdays from 3:30-4:00pm

Families with young children are invited to Children’s Mental Health Virtual Storytimes co-hosted by the Vital Village Network Mental Health Committee and Boston Public Library.
Join us November 18th for the next Boston Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting
Join a virtual Breastfeeding Support Group, Baby Cafe, or contact the Warmline
by email or call: 857-301-8259

Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.
MassArt presents Nikole Hannah-Jones: Examining Slavery's Modern Legacy
November 1st: 6:300pm Register Here
Join MassArt Museum for a special presentation from Nikole Hannah-Jones on Slavery's Modern Legacy

COVID-19 Forum 4 Kids
November 7th: 1:00pm For More Information Email Here
Join Pediatricians Dr Gloaria White-Hammond and Dr. Peter Barrant for a question and answer session on the COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old.

Boston Opportunity Agenda: Parent Leadership Learning Series
November 4th: 5:00-6:30pm Register Here
Are you a parent leader? Do you work with parent leaders? Do you want to learn more about parent leaders? Join us to create a broader network of support for parent leaders
Cory Johnson Program for the Men's Recovery Online Support Group
November 12th, December 3rd and 17th:6:30 pm @ Zoom Facebook Details Here
Connect and reflect with other men. Topics include trauma, addiction, loss–whatever is on your mind is welcome here.
The Boston Foundation- The First 1,000 Days Forum
November 4th: 10:00am - 11:00 pm @ Zoom - Register Here
Join the Boston Foundation for a discussion about the First 1,000 Days program, a novel intervention that works across early-life systems to prevent obesity, promote healthy routines and behaviors, and reduce health disparities among young children and their families

We Got Us Project - Community Conversations
Community Conversation with Housing=Health, National Union of the Homeless, and Boston Health Care for the Homeless to discuss the effects of Homelessness on Health in the COVID-19 Era.
Check out more community events on our Website and Facebook.

Check out job, volunteer, and grant opportunities available in our
Seeking a highly qualified leader who is invested in the mission of Haley House and in the communities served.

The USES Early Childhood Education Teams are hiring for several positions, including a sign-on bonus.

The The Dorchester Food Co-op (DFC) is now seeking to hire a General Manager (GM) with the experience and leadership to open a member-owned cooperative grocery store in a mixed income and racially diverse neighborhood.

The Youth ages 14-21 years old who are poets, rappers, singers, dancers and multimedia artists should apply to receive free studio time, live performance training and $12.75/hr. Contact via email for more information.

Boston Saves is looking for Family Champions to work with specific BPS schools. Receive $450 in gift cards for 6 hrs of outreach work in your school community. Learn more here

The City of Boston is looking for 10 Boston residents with professional or lived experiences with mental health to design a community-led mental health response. Receive a $1200 monetary stipend for your work on the Design Group. Translation services available so you can request your preferred language. Learn more here

Boston Ujima Project is seeking two investment research interns to join and support Ujima’s Fund Management Team
Resource Connector
Learn more about resources relevant to children and families in our community from our community.
Voting Information:
COVID-19 Resources:
Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11 access safety information and coming soon locations, hours, and website links for vaccinations.
Vital Village’s COVID-19 Resource Map regularly updated with descriptions, contact info, locations, hours, and website links for important basic family needs.
Protected Together sharing information safety information about vaccines
Two new food resources launched by the Boston Mayor’s Office of Food Access: the food resources SMS chatbot accessed by texting the word 'FOOD' to 617-579-8238 and the online food donations platform.
Connections and Healing:

The Wellness Idea Bank is a comprehensive and community-driven guide for those in the Greater Boston Area that helps collect events, ideas, and resources for supporting wellness and social connections. This seasonal edition highlights resources focused on the transition back to school for families.

The Multicultural Mental Health Directory offers linguistically and culturally appropriate mental health and related services for communities of color, LGBTQ community, immigrants, and refugees.

The Community Advocacy Program provides support to survivors of intimate partner violence remotely; carefully and safely providing crisis intervention, safety planning guidance, emotional support, referrals to community resources and advocacy via hotline. Visit CAP's website to find a list of phone numbers in six different languages.
For Children and Caregivers and Educators:

Boston Children’s Museum Sign-Up for Weekly Activity Emails to receive fun activities you can use to enrich and support children at home, as well as articles and podcasts.

Healthy Families Massachusetts, a family support program proven to reduce child abuse and neglect, has expanded access for first-time parents 23 years old and younger beginning in pregnancy

The Wellbeing Index, a new tool designed for educators to support student wellbeing.

Create Community Stories for Policy Change - learn how to use data for policy change

Share your Positive Childhood Experiences to help raise awareness about the power of positive childhood experiences

Sesame Street in Communities resources on Autism to help families create routines, address learning differences, and thrive

Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to voting rates across the United States
Although 1 in 5 children are diagnosed with a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition and only 20% receive care.
Help Children Heal & Thrive
Sharing Technology
Explore technology related to child and family well-being.
The UPDATED Abundance Boston Food Access App 3.0.2 is now available! Abundance empowers Boston residents to easily access affordable, high-quality food resources. Download the FREE app today!
The COVID-19 Resource Map now has updated addresses and hours of over 90 locations in Boston currently provide free breakfast, lunch or dinner for youth, and 10 free community fridges open to the public 24/7.
CONtexts: Community Resources on Health & Nearby Fun Promotes positive outcomes for caregivers and children ages 0-5 by sharing resources through a FREE text service and interactive map.

Subscribe today! Text KIDS to 844-806-0616 to receive 3 free text messages on community resources, wellness, and events each week.
Help us improve CONtexts! Please take 5 minutes to fill out our Spanish Language Justice Form.
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