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social capital

Millennials Finding Their Own Ways to Engage

I read data about the Millennial generation with great interest. Sure, size has something to do with it. Now the largest and most diverse generation of Americans, Millennials are positioned to have a big influence on our society. The majority of our AmeriCorps members fall into the Millennial category, so learning about this group is pretty relevant for this Gen Xer. In addition, this generation is very interesting when it comes to social capital related data.Read more

Now Accepting SCI AmeriCorps Host Site Applications

SCI is currently accepting applications for our positions that begin in September 2014! These AmeriCorps positions are for our SCI AmeriCorps Volunteer Outreach Coordinator Positions and our SCI AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator Positions. SCI is taking applications from organizations in various communities in Eastern Massachusetts that would like to partner with us to build social capital within your organization and community. 

Closing the Civic Achievement and Social Capital Gaps

We are all too aware of the academic achievement gap, which has rightfully stirred much effort to close the gap and create equal educational opportunity for students of all backgrounds. New research indicates there is also a disconcerting gap on civic achievement and social capital that is of particular concern to us here at SCI. Read more

Top 9 Social Capital Blog Posts of 2013

The approaching new year is a nice time to pause and reflect about the past year. We try to use our blog to highlight important developments related to the broader concept of social capital and to share best practices that emerge from our work in local communities. With that in mind, we offer some of the best and hopefully most helpful blog posts we shared over the course of 2013. Stay tuned for a post on some of our programmatic highlights of the year. Though "top 10 lists" are popular, we thought we'd keep our list to nine, and ask: "What would you add for a 10th post that you saw this year having to do with a social capital?"

Building Social Capital for Youth Success and Healthy Communities Provides background on the strategic plan focus we adopted earlier in 2013. In addition to targeting our social capital building to address two key issues, the plan has an ambitious growth target to serve 30 New England communities.Read more

Nurturing Your Network through Loop Closing

Here's a simple yet not too frequently practiced tip for nurturing your social network. I call it Loop Closing. I found myself doing it the other day and thought it would be worth breaking down here. I was following up on something with the contact for one of our newest SCI AmeriCorps community partners. As I was writing the email to our contact for the program, I thought I'd copy the agency's Executive Director as well. This triggered the recollection that several months ago, I'd been introduced to that ED by one of our current site partners, Milly Arbaje-Thomas, who runs the Mattapan Action for Boston Community Development Office (ABCD).

Of course, I had immediately thanked Milly for this introduction. But the intro was one that took some time to translate into the result, which in this case was the establishment of a new partnership. It required being aware of those relationships and the importance of Loop Closing to let Milly know that her intro created a good result.Read more

Introducing SCI's 2013-2014 Host Sites

Boys and Girls Club of Woburn

We are excited to announce the return of several of our community partners as well as four new partner sites that will serve as host sites for our AmeriCorps members starting this September!

SCI recruits and trains AmeriCorps members to serve at host sites as either Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) or Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLC)

Our new partner sites are focused on a variety of missions such as promoting health and wellness, increasing educational and economic opportunities for youth and families, and promoting civic engagement.

The Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, is focused on promoting healthy eating and active living by changing the environment in which we live, work and play. Read more

Social Capital Presentations and Workshops

Realizing you might be visiting our website wondering how we at Social Capital Inc. might be a resource for your community or network, I thought it might be helpful to round-up a sampling of recent talks and workshops we've been doing on social capital, social networks, and related topics. In addition to implementing ongoing social capital building initiatives, sharing our best practices and perspective on how social capital relates to key issues like health, youth success and economic development is an important part of our work. Drop me a line if you'd like to explore having us do a workshop or talk for your group (though it would have to wait until the fall, the summer is pretty full already!).Read more

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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Social Capital Forum a Crowd Pleaser

On May 3, SCI hosted its first ever Social Capital Forum on how civic engagement can actually boost the economy! Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE at Tufts University, presented the leading research linking high levels of civic health to lower unemployment rates. His presentation was followed by an engaging panel discussion led by Mayor Curtatone of Somerville, Milagros Arbaje-Thomas (Director of Mattapan Family Service Center) and Saritin Rizzuto (Community Relations and Business Development Officer at Metro Credit Union). The forum concluded with small group discussions in which attendees got the chance to delve deeper into the topics discussed during the presentations. Lots of great information, discussion and new ideas came out of this forum and SCI is looking forward to the next one. If you have an idea for a topic for our next forum, please let us know in the comment section below!Read more

Join the SCImpact Conversation

We asked our guests at the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon some questions to uncover how social capital is being raised in their communities. Even though the event has ended, we are continuing the conversation and we want to hear your thoughts!

To join in on the conversation, answer these questions below using the hashtag #SCImpact. 

Please answer the following questions by first tweeting the number of the question (i.e. A1), your response, and then #SCImpact:

For example: A1 People in Woburn connected via social media to raise $ for those in need of emergency fuel assistance this winter. #SCImpact

Q1 What's an interesting way people have connected in your community to address a local need?

Q2 Do you know your neighbors?

Q3 What community issue are you most passionate about?

Q4 What is something you have done to bring diverse people together?

Q5 Does your neighborhood have activities that bring people together?Read more

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