An Interview with Kymberly Byrd

Zoe Miller
By Zoe Miller

In this interview with former Vital Village staff member, Kymberly Byrd, we discuss asset-based partnerships, how the Vital Village philosophy has impacted her own life, and how she hopes to carry the work forward. 

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It Takes a Village: Using Service Learning to Increase Breastfeeding Support in Boston

Morgan Brockington
By Morgan Brockington

At the beginning of the new year, the Boston Breastfeeding Coalition began to think about the best ways to make this model sustainable and what other training opportunities we could provide. We decided that another Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) training would be the perfect complement to the CLC training last summer. ROSE is an organization that was founded to address breastfeeding disparities to improve health equity among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE seeks to normalize breastfeeding by providing resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities.

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The Light

Zoe Miller and Tiara Murphy
By Zoe Miller and Tiara Murphy

This week, we are so excited to share an interview with the wonderful Tiara Murphy! We are so grateful to her for sharing her story with us, and with all of you.

Name: Tiara Murphy

Title: Mom, Early Education Specialist, Playgroup Coordinator

Organizations: Mattapan Family Engagement Network; JumpStart


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Community Advocacy: From Knowledge to Action

Kymberly Byrd
By Kymberly Byrd

“[My] spirit, body, and mind have been enlightened.” This quote captures the essence of Community Advocacy: From Knowledge to Action, a course that Vital Village Network piloted at Urban College of Boston in fall 2016. Over two years ago, the network began reflecting on a widespread inequity that exists in our community: community residents devoting hours of their free time to community transformation efforts but receiving no tangible benefits. Though service is an enriching experience, we wanted to identify more meaningful ways to contribute to their long-term personal and professional development. 

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Building a Network of Community Mediators

KT Wiley
By KT Wiley

What does it mean to listen? Too often, we catch the words but not the story, not the underlying meaning. This October, twenty residents came together for the third annual Social Justice Mediation Institute, a 40-hour training led by Leah Wing and Deepika Marya, to learn a new way to listen. 

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