Boston University Hosts Public Health Symposium

On December 1, the Boston University School of Public Health held a symposium titled, "How Does Where You Live Affect Your Health?" The focus of the symposium was to explore the roles of the built environment and housing on one's health, and to evaluate the science behind studies and interventions that can improve the health of vulnerable populations not only within the United States but around the world. The event featured over a dozen experts and professionals within the field, each of whom had the chance to address the audience, presenting stories from the field as well as the findings of their studies.

Amongst those who spoke at the symposium were Ron Sims, the former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Shakira Suglia, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. I highlight these two speakers because their talks focused not only on the links between neighborhoods and public health, but also on the importance of social capital and community networks.Read more

Celebrate #GivingTuesday Today!

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Today we celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Its meant to kick off the charitable season, when people around the world focus on the holidays and end-of-year giving. SCI encourages everyone to get involved in their community and give back in whatever way they can.

One way to impact your community, and communities throughout the Eastern Massachusetts region, is to donate to Social Capital Inc. (SCI). With your support, we are able to impact communities through various initiatives, from promoting understanding and cultural awareness, to youth leadership and healthy-eating programs. Click here to donate to SCI. We appreciate any and all support! 

Boston Public Library's Homework Help Program

The Boston Public Library's Homework Help program is now underway and will run through May 25, 2017. The program offers free afterschool help and mentorship to students in grades K-8 - no registration required! It runs every Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm. Boston Teacher's Union tutors are also available on select weekdays from 4-6pm for students in grades K-12. Online help is also available.

The program began in 2014 when the Boston Public Library collaborated with Harvard University to provide SmartTALK training to high school aged Homework Help mentors. These mentors are able to provide students with the support and confidence that they need to succeed in the classroom. Click here for more information about the program.

SCI to attend the Fairmount Indigo Neighborhoods Community Forum

SCI will be attending the Fairmount Indigo Neighborhoods Community Forum on Saturday, December 10. This event is an opportunity for the 35+ community organizations and coalitions working in the communities of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park, to come together and connect! Throughout the day, these organizations will learn about ongoing initiatives, new innovation strategies, and get connected with residents of the community. The forum will also include interactive workshops on the following topics: housing affordability and anti-displacement, transportation equity, attracting good jobs, business and greenway development, and more! 

This event will be a great way of bridging social capital across diverse organizations, with the ultimate goal of supporting local communities and their residents. 

Click here to learn more about the Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative.

Woburn: Building Understanding and Community

Over the years SCI has slowly spread its roots, branching out to what is now nineteen different towns and cities across the Eastern Massachusetts area. It is amazing to see its growth, and even more amazing to see the impact that is has made in countless communities. As SCI creates new partnerships, it never fails to deepen the existing ties that is has created. Woburn is a prominent example of SCI's commitment to building long-lasting partnerships and understanding within a community.

This summer, SCI partnered with the City of Woburn to hold the Woburn Unites Vigil. The vigil was to show support for the city's police officers and ALL members of its community. This interfaith event was planned in the wake of a number of violent acts across the nation. It represented an opportunity for Woburn to come together to support their local police as well as show respect to each and every member of the community, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.Read more