Network Connector, Volume 2, Issue 2; April 2015


 Network Connector Newsletter | Volume 2, Issue 2; April 2015

Dear Network Partner,
"We can do more together because we are a committed, loyal, dedicated, caring, loving, supportive community!"Josette Williams, Countdown to Kindergarten. 

Network Connection Meeting - Save the Date!
Restorative Justice: Back by popular demand! Janet Connors and Peter Newman will be leading the circles.

Notes from the 90 Day Challenge:

Trauma Informed Practices in Classrooms: Establishing Measures in #90 Days

What do children bring with them to school? It's more than what goes into their backpack! Learn more here 

Baby Cafe Grand Opening!
 April 6th, 2015
4:30pm- 6:30pm  
@ 637 Washington Street,
Dorchester Center, MA
Join in the Celebration of the the new Baby Cafe! Help get the word out. We are here to support moms and babies. Refreshments will be served. RSVP Here
Next Peer-Advocacy Action Roundtable  Meeting: 
The collaboration between DSNI and MLP Boston aims to foster peer-to-peer advocacy and legal skills for community residents. 
Thursday, April 16th from 6-8pm at DSNI

Vital Village Info Session:

Join us for the
Vital Village Network 101 Session 
and learn how YOU can make a difference in your community!
  • An opportunity to share your ideas
  • Meet other engaged community residents
  • Learn about the Vital Village Network
When: April 30th, 2015 from 2:00pm-3:00pm
Where: Boston Medical Center, Yawkey 1
850 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
For more information call 617-414-4370.
Countdown To Kindergarten:

Boston Public Schools Countdown to Kindergarten Flashmob, stay tuned for more info!

Dorchester CARES Coalition

Last Month, The Family Nurturing Center presented a screening of the documentary "The Black Fatherhood Project". The screening was followed by a facilitated discussion with filmmaker Jordan Thierry in which men and women engaged in unique dialogues related to the role of men in the family.Learn more about the Male Engagement Series, Email us!

There is a FREE drop-in breastfeeding group in Mattapan on Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm in the Gross Motor Room, ABCD Head Start, 535 River Street.
Male Engagement:
A cohort of Vital Village Network partners are meeting regularly to discuss ongoing work related to male engagement and fatherhood initiatives. Our next meeting will be on April 8th. If you are interested in attending or would like to take part in the discussion online on BigTent, please send us an email!

In This Issue

Quick Links
Vital Village Website
Like us on Facebook!
Send us an email
Around The Network:
Vital Village will be hosting socioemotional learning and engagement activities at the BMC bWellCenter 
on Tuesdays from 
Boston Public Schools Office of Engagement
Who: Dads or Father Figures to a child attending a BPS 
+learn parenting strategies, tips & more!
When: Every Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm
From: April 2nd - May 28th
Where: Bruce C Bolling Building
2300 Washington St.
Roxbury MA 02119
RSVP Here or call Mike Sanders: 617-635-7805

Around the City:

Autism Awareness Month
Regressive autism is reported twice as often among African Americans and is also elevated among Hispanics,learn more here 
Displacement and Community Stability Public Hearing:
What can Boston do about the housing crisis?
 Rights to the City of Boston is hosting a Public Hearing
April 7th, 4:00pm
5th Floor, City Hall
New Boston Public Schools Superintendent
 Earlier this month, Tommy Cheng was appointed the BPS Superintendent an interview is Available here 
Whittier St. Housing to be replaced?

The City hopes to demolish and rebuild the 200 apartment complex Learn more here 



The Do-Re-Mis of Early Childhood Learning 
Musical Engagement at an early age develops greater brain connectivity which not only enhances musical understanding but can improve motor skills!
Neighborhood Revival:
Is not an easy task. Get some inspiration
click here to watch the video. 


Child Opportunity Index
The Child Opportunity Index is a tool to comparatively evaluate neighborhoods.

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