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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Local Leadership and Community Action: Partnering with Haitian-Americans United, Inc.

Desi Hartman and Smith Lamothe
By Desi Hartman and Smith Lamothe

On September 8th 2018, Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (HAU) and partners hosted the 6th Annual Conference on the State of Haitian Americans in Massachusetts: A Commitment to Measurable Community Actions for a Lasting Legacy in Mattapan.

Vital Village Community Champion and Improvement Advisor, Smith Lamothe, and 11 other HAU leaders organized and led 74 community members through an interactive conference highlighting the expertise of the community and engaging all people in action-oriented solutions-finding approaches.

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