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What does a society that values community leadership look like? 

 What resources does it need to transform its immediate and long-term futures?

Monday, October 18

Sessions and speaker information

11:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Pre-Summit Engagement Planning

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Opening Plenary - Remember​

Opening Keynote by Clint Smith, How the Word is Passed

  • Clint Smith is a Staff writer at The Atlantic, New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning poet.

Spark Speech and Land Acknowledgement by Meredith Kennedy, Leading with Families - Remembering and Reclaiming Our Power

1:00pm - 1:20pm EDT

Virtual Networking/ Social Innovation Marketplace

1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions Block A  >>

  • Radical Reimagining of Systems: Participatory Budgeting for People to Access Real Power for Change – Shari Davis, Co-ED, Participatory Budgeting Project

  • Liberating Birth –Reclaiming Space for Birth Justice and Equity - Nashira Baril, Founder, Boston Neighborhood Birth Center, Leseliey Welch, Co-Founder Birth Detroit, Stephanie Crawford, Founder Propa City

Poster Sessions: Live Poster Presentations

  • The Psychosocial Impact of COVID-19 on Undocumented Latinx Immigrants Living in the US – Idalis Ramos Correa

  • Breastfeeding in Color: Advancing health equity in Springfield one drop at a time -Shenell Ford

  • Using the Help Me Grow Model to Support Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Cassandra Therriault

  • Associations between supermarket access, neighborhood income, and reported nutrient intake among a cohort of pregnancy planners – Martha Koenig

  • The Double Burden: Disparities in pap smear receipt among racial and ethnic minority women with disabilities – Sharonda Lovett

2:10pm - 2:30pm EDT

Virtual Networking/Social Innovation Marketplace

Child Enrichment Program

  • Children’s Mental Health Storytime: When I Miss You with The Boston Public Library and Vital Village Mental Health Committee -- Sunday Taylor, Shondell Davis, and Allison Hahn

2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions Block B >>

  • The Science of Community Engagement in Research – Melody Goodman, Associate Dean NYU

  • Community-Driven Local Food Systems - Karen Washington, Co-Owner Roots and Rise Farm and Jillian Waln, Journalist REDCO

  • Declaring the Rights of Children - Promoting Spaces, Places, and Opportunities to Flourish. – Jamoul Celey, Founder Carbonado Coaching and Erika Rodrigez, Executive Director, Chica Project

3:20pm - 3:30pm EDT

Break and Transition

3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

Townhall - Honor


Townhall: Transformational Moments with Children – Joy, Justice and Racial Identity

  • Andrew Grant-Thomas and Melissa Giraud, Founders of Embrace Race

  • Cherie Craft, Executive Director of Smart from the Start

4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT

Virtual Networking/ Social Innovation Marketplace

Friday, October 22

11:30am - 12:00pm EDT

Pre-Summit Engagement Programing

12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Townhall - Restore


Call to Action: Creating Avenues for Healing

  • Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives


Spark Speech: Social Justice Parenting and Youth Empowerment

  • Traci Baxley, Professor, Facilitator and Coach and Founder of Social Justice Parenting

Townhall Plenary: Youth Leadership for Sustainable Social Change 

  • Jennifer Arwade and Raul Botello and Meyiya Coleman, Communities United

  • Marsha Jean-Charles, The Brotherhood Sister Sol

1:00pm - 1:20pm EDT

Virtual Networking/Social Innovation Marketplace

1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions Block A >>


  • Workshop Session – Moving from Trauma-Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement – Lee Porscha Moore, The Flourish Agenda

  • Panel Discussion - Transforming Food Systems for Indigenous Well-Being: From Community to Action to Policy and Beyond - Elise Dela Cruz-Talbert and Jennifer Gauthier

Poster Session: Live poster presentations:

  • Engaging Underserved Youth with Mental Health Activities in a Community-Based Sexual Health Clinic – Lauren DiGiovanni

  • No Throw-away Kids; #150YearsIsEnough – Ashanti Jones

  • What matters to you: Evaluation of a participant-centered approach to needs identification and connection to community resources – Camille Casareno

  • Transforming Practice with HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) – Laura Gallant

  • Household Pesticide Exposures and Infant Gross Motor Development in the MADRES Cohort – Ixel Hernandez

  • 2021 Parent Leadership Academy: Parents are the Community Designers - Judy Bennett

2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions Block B >>


  • Workshop Session - Redesigning for Justice: Amplifying the Power of Equity Designers - Cordell Billup and Hilary Sedovic, Creative Reaction Lab

  • Breaking Topic Session: Black Families and the First 1,000 Days – Iheoma U Iruka

  • Panel Discussion: Beloved Community Incubator: Cooperatives and Transformative Community Capacity Building for Equity and Justice – Megan Macaraeg, Bianca Vazquez, Beloved Community Incubator

2:30pm - 3:20pm EDT

Child Enrichment Program

"No More Elegies Today" Puppet Show by Tanya Nixon-Silberg, Founder/Facilitator Little Uprisings 

3:20pm - 3:30pm EDT

Virtual Networking/Social Innovation Marketplace

3:20pm - 4:00pm EDT

Closing Plenary – Reclaim


Spark Speech: Stand Up for Children and Families – Immigration, Trauma, and Restoring Hope through Belonging

  • Smith G H Lamothe

Closing Keynote by Porsha Olayiwola, Reclaiming the Power of Us!

  • Porsha Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston, a writer, performer, educator and curator.

We are grateful to our Spanish language support partners who are working with us to ensure a meaningful summit program and experience! Thank you to Vital Village Networks staff for providing website translations, and to the Community Language Cooperative for providing simultaneous interpretation services.

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