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Film Screenings that make a Difference

This spring season has already seen (and will continue to see!) some great film screenings, followed by speaker-led discussions and Q&A sessions. Topics range from the Syrian refugee crisis to the slave trade and race relations. One overwhelming fact about all of these film screenings is that they are thoroughly enjoyed. They combine film, education and thoughtful discussion to delve into important topics, while bringing people of different communities together. Here are just some of the screenings coming up:

 

Salam Neighbor - This screening was hosted by the Winchester Multicultural Network at Winchester High School on Wednesday, May 4 from 7-9pm. Salam Neighbor is a documentary film following the Syrian refugee experience through the eyes of the first two filmmakers ever to be registered and given a tent inside a refugee camp. The film was followed by a post-screening dialogue featuring Deirdre Giblin, asylum lawyer with the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) and Dr. Omar Salem, Chairman at the Karam Foundation. Read more

Learn about new opportunities for small business owners in 2017

The Hispanic-American Institute and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them at a complimentary breakfast to learn about new opportunities for small business owners in 2017. This is a great event if you're looking to network and grow your business! It will take place on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:30-10am at the Hilton Garden Inn Boston at Logan Airport, 100 Boardman St. East Boston, MA. 

The event will start with registration, networking and coffee, followed by welcoming remarks from both the President and Executive Director of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. Then, there will be a small business technical assistance panel featuring a number of speakers from various small businesses. The Keynote Presentation will be by Larry D. Andrews, the President of Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) and will end with a Q&A session.

SCI is proud to partner with the organizations that are hosting this event. One important source of social capital is to support small businesses throughout the region, helping them to network and grow. This event is the perfect opportunity for any small business owners looking to do that!Read more

How SCI AmeriCorps members make a difference as mentors

In honor of national Mentoring Month this January, I decided to look into how some of our very own SCI AmeriCorps members are making a difference as mentors in their community. Both Patience Misner and Bridget Peters are SCI AmeriCorps members serving in Lynn, however at different organizations. Patience serves with Girls Inc. of Lynn and Bridget serves with the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance. As Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLCs), they spend the day navigating the role of mentor and creating positive, empowering relationships with youth. 

Patience and Bridget both have similar definitions of what it means to be a mentor - someone who leads by example and strives to build relationships with mentees through trust, education, and positive encouragement. Key to their definition is also the fact that mentorship provides youth with a supportive role model who helps them understand that their voice matters and that they have the power to make a difference in their community.Read more

CHNA 15 Presents its Cultural Proficiency Workshop

At a time when tensions are high and our nation is experiencing a profound social and cultural transition, CHNA 15 will be sponsoring a free community workshop on the topic of cultural proficiency. The workshop will feature presenter, Susan Naimark, who is a part-time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston, School of Education. She is also an affiliate trainer with Teachers 21 and Interaction Institute for Social Change, and serves as co-chair of the board of directors for Community Change, Inc. Read more

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.

Harvest Wine Tasting on Nov 20 will benefit SCI

SCI will kick off this holiday season with a Harvest Wine Tasting on November 20th from 4-6pm at J. Mulkerin Realty. The event will feature a tasting led by Certified Wine Specialist Jenifer Murray of Urban Chef Catering, as well as some light appetizers. SCI and J. Mulkerin Realty teamed up to host a wine tasting last year as part of its biannual Holiday House Tour. It was such a success that SCI President David Crowley decided to bring back the tasting as a standalone event this year. J. Mulkerin Realty is located at 616 Main St, Woburn. Special thanks to Joanne Mulkerin for graciously hosting this event!Read more

SCI Woburn and St. John's Baptist Church to host Race Relations Forum

Logo of St. John's Baptist Church

St. John's Baptist Church, in collaboration with Social Capital Inc. (SCI) of Woburn, will be hosting a Community Forum on Race Relations on Friday, October 28 from 7-9 pm. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the state of race relations in the community as well as to identify steps to improve upon issues raised during the discussion. The event will feature a panel with a number of community leaders in the Woburn area, including Mayor Galvin, Superintendent Mark Donovan, and Rev. Dr. Neal Pearson. It will be moderated by Ron Walker from St. John's, along with SCI's own David Crowley.

Citizens of all ages are encouraged to come and participate in the discussion! It will take place at St. John's Baptist Church, located at 40 Everett St. in Woburn. If you have any questions, please contact Toni Walker at twalker@sjbc.info OR call 781-935-4314. 

Social Capital Inc. recruiting volunteers for newest project

Image of people with shovels

Social Capital Inc. (SCI), a nonprofit organization based in Woburn, is currently seeking volunteers for their newest project, Woburn Volunteers for Seniors. This project will match isolated and handicapped seniors with local volunteers, who will assist them in various outdoor chores such as snow shoveling and leaf removal. Volunteers will also be on call in case of sudden, heavy snowfall that, without assistance, could leave many seniors homebound. SCI will collaborate with the Woburn Senior Center and the Woburn Council on Aging for the project.Read more

Mass Council on Compulsive Gambling to Offer New Webinars

The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling will be offering a number of new webinars in the upcoming months, all focused on raising greater awareness of gambling disorders and working towards a more gambling-informed community. Currently scheduled webinars include: "Impact of Gambling Disorder on Physical Health," taught by Dr. Tim Fong (Wednesday, October 26, 12-1:30pm) and "Sports Gambling in America: Should we be Concerned?" taught by Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky (Wednesday, Novemeber 9, 12-1:30pm).

Both webinars will offer 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and cost $15 to register. For more information on the webinars, visit http://masscompulsivegambling.org/whats-happening/news-and-events/

Charlestown Community Website/Calendar Meeting

Charlestown Community Website/Calendar Meeting
Tomorrow evening, October 6, from 6-8 PM SCI will be meeting with invested community members in Charlestown to discuss a new community portal. This meeting is open to the public. We will be looking for community members that want to take part in guiding this project as well as volunteers to add to the portal. 
 
The community meeting will be located at: 
 
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital 
1st floor Conference Rooms A&B 
300 1st Ave, Charlestown MA, 02129
 
Light refreshments will be served.