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Become an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

SCI is accepting applications for additional SCI AmeriCorps Host Sites.  Please review the information below and submit your application or any questions to AmeriCorps@socialcapitalinc.org.  Please review the information below before looking at the attached application and position descriptions.  The deadline for applications is June 14, 2013 or when all slots are filled so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Information about being an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  AmeriCorps State members in this program commit to serving 1700 hours of service from September through the end of June.

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Looking for a Spark...No, not like that!

We were looking for a spark to start this final week of our fiscal year, to help us raise the final $6,300 we need to get to our goal of $30,000 for our 10th Anniversary Leadership Fund. The lightning that struck by our office, setting a power line on fire, wasn’t exactly what we had in mind. Can you help provide the spark we really need?

Sparks of inspiration may fly frequently, but it takes leadership and relationships to convert a spark into sustained action. A cold winter night in Dorchester prompted Jaquan to mention to the other SCI Dorchester Youth Council teens that it was supposed to a very cold winter. They started talking about how in this economy people were struggling to meet basic needs. Trained to act on problems they see, the council quickly devised plans for a coat drive. Guided by the AmeriCorps member who mentored them, the Council developed an action plan that resulted in 600 winter coats being given out a few weeks later. One recipient, who clearly didn’t have enough clothing to stay warm, said simply, “This coat drive is a godsend”.
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5 Things I'm looking forward to in 2011

Resolutions and predictions are of course very popular as we approach the new year.  Though there may be some resolutions to come, I wanted to take a different angle and share some of the SCI happenings that have me excited about getting started on 2011.

National "Geek Corps":  We have always aspired to have our work serve as a national model for others looking to increase local social capital.  In 2011, we have a great window of opportunity to make this happen in a significant way.  A national commission looking at how citizens get the information they need in the digital age recommended among other things a national "Geek Corps" that sounds very much like our own Outreach & Technology team.  Therefore, we're pulling together a group of organizations interested in this idea to move it forward in 2011.  For more background on this idea, including links to the original Knight Commission report and how it relates to SCI's programs, click here.  Please get in touch if you're interested in supporting or getting involved in this effort.  Read more

How do you say leadership? Notes from Multi-Cultural Leadership Session 1

How do you say leadership in your first language?  This question kicked off an interesting discussion in our first Multi-Cultural Leadership Project yesterday.  Through this collaboration with the YMCA International Learning Center (ILC) in Woburn, I'll be training a dozen adult English language learners on leadership skills.  The students will be using the training to coordinate a WorldFest multi-cultural event in the community next spring.  They are very excited about the project, and the prospects of learning useful job skills while contributing to their new community.

Yesterday's group was representative of the diversity of the ILC, which serves students from 20 countries who speak 14 different languages. This brought a lot of different cultural perspectives to bear on our conversation about leadership!Read more

SCI Stories: Social Capital in Action


SCI's programming impacts lives in many ways, some of them immeasurable. We've compiled these short stories to demonstrate in words, rather than numbers, how building social capital can connect citizens and strengthen communities.


Giving a Voice to Immigrant Communities

"I’ve known since I began my service term at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) that working with immigrant communities can be particularly challenging at times; for example, I often find that I need to start a few steps back when explaining concepts to my teens in order to provide them context so that they can achieve better understanding.Read more

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