Village Voices 
Network members' voices bring good news and share highlights from around our community.   
Embracing Community Event Spotlight
Vital Village Community Partnership (VVCP) leaders gathered a group of community members to network with new people, learn self-care strategies, craft, and listen to beautiful violin music by special guest, Kiyoshi Hayashi. See event photo above and stay connected by joining the VVCP Facebook Group!

Breastfeeding Scholar
Story Highlights
Network member, Dominique Graham, of  Dommie's Blessed , interviewed many of the  Boston Breastfeeding Coalition 's members--both our peer breastfeeding scholars and parents. To close out Black Breastfeeding Week, Aug 25-31, the Coalition posted a new Scholar Stories which are video interviews and blogs featuring our amazing volunteer breastfeeding counselors who are on a mission to increase breastfeeding support in neighborhoods across Boston.  Watch and read  Dominique Bellegarde, Melody Lopez, and Melissa Minaya tell their stories on The Daily Milk.

Welcome, New Vital Village
Team Members!
We are excited to introduce you to our newest members of the team, Mesa Merritt and Amita Wanar! These two are eager and ready to support work across different network initiatives. Mesa is driven to promote accessibility in education, and opportunities for lifelong learning. Amita is passionate about promoting health and economic justice and empowering communities by highlighting local voices. Check out their  full bios !

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

6:00-8:00pm @ BU School of Medicine, 72 E. Concord Street
Reconnect and celebrate the start of a new school year at our next Network Connection Meeting co-hosted by Vital Village,  Abundance, Family Independence Initiative, and featuring a  family-friendly book fair by Frugal Bookstore . Dinner and childcare provided. RSVP and stay tuned for more details.

September 21: Diversity Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families
8:30-4:00pm @ The Fenway Center, Northeastern University, 77 St. Stephen Street
Apply today to bring a team of 3-5 people from your organization, program, or community group to this FREE one-day workshop!  You will have the opportunity deepen your self-awareness as it pertains to how we understand diversity, equity, and inclusion--individually and organizationally. Vital Village is one of many partners sponsoring this effort organized by our network partner, the Massachusetts Young Children's Systems of Care Grant. Spots are limited. See flyer and team application!

In this cost-free, 40-hour training participants learn mediation skills to reduce conflict at home, in their neighborhood, with co-workers, in educational settings, and beyond. Graduates receive a certificate and utilize their new skills after training by completing a community service commitment with th Social Justice Mediation Program (SJMP). Complete an interest form to receive an application.

8:00-4:00pm @ The Kroc Corps Community Center (Salvation Army), 650 Dudley Street
This year's theme is Community Resilience: Roots of Collective Empowerment. We invite you to join us and our co-hosts to build connections and be inspired by amazing entrepreneurs, experts, and community champions who are making a difference in the Boston community and beyond.

Community Events
Join Vital Village Network partners and other community organizations at these upcoming events. Click event to RSVP or learn more.
9:00am-5:00pm @ 995 Blue Hill Avenue
Join Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (HAU) for a day of presentations, workshops, and discussions related to issues that impact the Haitian community. Topics explore social and emotional well-being, career and education mobility, business development, strategies for community empowerment and growth, civic engagement, and empowerment. Together, attendees will have the opportunity to set  a unifying community development agenda for the next twelve months.See flyer and register today!

6:00pm-8:30pm @ Boston Public Library Copley Branch, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston Street
Boston School Finder and partners invite you to a special screening of America to Me followed by a panel discussion with the documentary producer, a student from America to Me, and Boston-area leaders in education, community, and politics. Attendees are welcomed to share personal experiences and collaborate on local solutions for education in the Boston Community. RSVP by September 10!

1:30pm-3:30pm @ Frugal Bookstore, 57 Warren Street 
Girls ages 6 and up are invited to gather, read, and share their favorite books. The mission behind this program is to encourage young girls to read and invite their friends to join - because reading is cool! 

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

This free, 12-week program is designed to equip adults seeking to develop their professional development and career skillsets, including: technical skills, financial planning, networking, time management, goal setting, and problem solving. Classes start September 17! See flyer for more details.

This Dad Cares Initiatives by 365 Dad and Fathers' Uplift, Inc.
Do you want to make a difference as a dad in your child's life? Do you know a man that would like to learn new parenting skills? Join or share a variety of groups and programs! See flyer for more information or email organizers at

Join this two-day conference on October 25th and 26th with mothers from around the country to learn from each other's successes, gain technical assistance from experts, and build an alliance to end senseless street violence. See more information and register today!
Resource Connector
Learn more about resources relevant to children and families in our community from our community.

Beyond the Chalkboard by the Boston Children's Museum: Test out new ideas for fun and educational afterschool activities in a wide range of categories: math, culture, literacy, and beyond. All of the activities are designed to be low-cost and utilize easy-to-find materials. 

Mapping Afterschool Programs by the Mass Afterschool Partnership: Find an afterschool program for your child with this interactive map on opportunities available in the Boston area!

Scoop on the Stats
Explore data related to child and family well-being.

Did you know staying active has many academic and social-emotional benefits for children? Whether it's through joining a sports team, playing on the playground, or biking to/from school--regular physical activity helps children in the classroom. Check out the research summary.

And as we all know, it takes a village to raise our children. Make staying active fun for the whole family! Try out some new family-fun physical activities or even recommend an activity to a neighbor, your child's school, or local community center.

graphic source: ACPE Blog