Gaining Momentum: Residents Launch Local Mental Health Initiatives

Mesa Merritt
By Mesa Merritt

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, residents came together this May to form a mental health awareness committee and design a month-long campaign to destigmatize and uplift stories of mental health and connect families to resources. The committee also used the month as a spark for igniting sustainable, community-led strategies in supporting mental health.

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Investing In the Village, Investing in People

Amita Wanar
By Amita Wanar

At the April Breastfeeding Coalition meeting, Lifting Up Local Leadership in Black Maternal Health, participants were asked what actions they were moved to take as a result of the meeting. Community Champion She-Tara Smith shared, “Vital Village invests people and that is something I want to do more.”

One way that Vital Village and community partners invest in Boston residents is through our Service Learning and Leadership Model where residents can gain knowledge and build skills in their fields of interest.

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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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