Network Connector, Volume 1, Issue 3; June 2014

Network Connector
Brought to you by the Vital Village Network
Network Connector Newsletter 
Volume 1, Issue 3; June 2014
Social Justice Mediation Institute Training
SJMI 2014 graduates

The Social Justice Mediation Institute (SJMI) Training took off with a bang! The collaborative initiative by the Peer Advoacy Rountable , DSNI, the Medical Legal Partnership and DCT! A memorable moment was a partner noting that  "I discovered that I have been mediating all my life! But, without the current designed structure. However, I embrace the concept and look forward to collaborating in the future!"

Participants learned life changing techniques that allow them to be mediators in their personal lives, as well as in the lives of others. Their varied backgrounds added to the quality of the training and they sucessfully commited the necessary time to gain skills in social justice mediation. Congratulations to our new communuty mediators!

The Baby Café model delivers universal, free and high quality services for all. National and local Baby Café's operate under the same mode by providing; a network for sharing good practice, data gathering and assessment, awareness raising on social attitudes all in order to raise support for breastfeeding moms.

The Codman Square Baby Café is located at the Codman Square Health Center and is supported by The Boston Medical Center and The Vital Village. The services provided offer a unique opportunity for women in the community to meet and socialize. The community bridges created link health care and voluntary sectors which are community based, fostering a sense of familiarity and welcome to new participants!

Graduation You Matter!

Congratulations to our partners:

Elizabeth Neely from the Vital Village Community of Partners & the Peer-to-Peer Advocacy Roundtable 

And Randi Ellingboe from the Peer-to-Peer Advocacy Roundtable

on completing the You Matter: Personal Development Workshops hosted by Mothers for Justice and Equality!

Both women successfully completed the 8-Week workshop, gaining valuable skills in leadership and community analysis through a strategic lens, learning to see themselves as change-agents in their homes and communities at large!

Congratulations once again!

In This Issue
Ladies lead the way at Boston Police Academy Graduation
Join the Male Caregivers Initiative for a two day event supporting all male caregivers! For more event information, 
Get outside! Enjoy the Sun! on Fun Soccer Day, brought to you by Hike for life!
More details can be found 
Upcoming Events
June, 2014
5/14/2014: Vital Village Network Meeting: 
5/20/2014: Male Caregivers Event
Fun Soccer Saturday
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Renee Boynton-Jarrett
Vital Village Network