Welcome to In the Arena with NOW

Ronda Alexander
By Ronda Alexander

Change can begin with anyone, but it is especially powerful when it is designed and led by the people who will be most affected by it. The In the Arena with NOW podcast seeks to celebrate and share the stories of these leaders.  

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Black History Month: A Time to Continue Supporting, Loving and Collaborating with Each Other

Yusuf Ali
By Yusuf Ali

“Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker

Every year Black History Month presents us with a 28 day window of opportunities to further emphasize and engage in conversations about diversity, collaboration, and inclusion. Beyond a single month, those values have moved from a concept to an expectation through everyday practices and culture of Vital Village. Black History Month also provides us with an opportunity to take stock of the condition and progress of Black people and other minority populations. Through mindfulness and collaboration we can celebrate the achievements and contributions of so many. Diversity without collaboration and inclusive decision making is problematic and doesn’t provide the same impact as distributing power and encouraging input of all members involved.

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Community Leadership Meets State House Leadership

Erica Pike
By Erica Pike

Our footsteps echoed as we passed through the Great Hall of Flags of the Massachusetts State House on December 5th. Fellows  in the Certificate in Leadership & Advocacy for Child-Centered Communities had been preparing all semester to meet with their legislators to advocate for issues that matter most to them, their families, and their communities. They came prepared with their stories, data to back up their ideas, and solutions for their elected officials to act on.

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Network Members Lead Another Year in the Village

Desiree Hartman & Josette Williams
By Desiree Hartman & Josette Williams

Every year, Vital Village Network community members nominate an Unsung Hero—an individual who extends themselves beyond expectations in their community or organization as a leader in maximizing child health and well-being. We assemble a committee, we review each nomination, and we celebrate the recipient with the network!

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A Leadership Summit to Remember

Erica Pike
By Erica Pike

It was not long after Vital Village closed the doors at the 2017 Leadership Summit: Building Wellness through the Power of Advocacy, last year, that we set forward thinking about what we could do for the 2018 Leadership Summit. Each year we aim to spotlight the strengths of Network members and convene new and existing members of the Network to learn alongside & from one another through the annual summit.

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