Accio Hogwarts Fun!

The first ever Hogwarts Family Day event was produced by ACT’s Youth Empowerment Committee as an intergenerational event for the community. Nearly  250 persons  were transported into a clever, fun, free community event celebrating all things Harry Potter!

Thank you for your hard work committee members and thank you to all of the community members and businesses that showed such incredible support for this worthwhile event!!!

November Community Coalition Meeting!

Community Coalition Meeting Agenda

PRESENTED BY: Alliance for Community Transformations

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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Crispe Room

Vermont Veterans’ Home Bennington, Vermont

Online Login Information

https://www.gotomeet.me/actbennington

You can also dial in using your phone

United States +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code:
 458-558-941

Kiah Morris, Director

kmorris@bcrcvt.org

802.442.0713 x 9

Nevin Lessard, AmeriCorps VISTA

nlessard@bcrcvt.org

802.442.0713 x 6

The Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT) is a community-based, grassroots
collective of people who are working together on projects to improve the health of our
communities.Our mission: To prevent first time substance abuse among youth, reduce its use across all ages and to actively contribute to promoting increased wellness and health for all across the lifespan in the “Southshire” region of Bennington County.Our Vision: A region that actively works together to empower, mobilize and inspire one another to act in collaboration towards greater health and sustainable change.

AGENDA

Time Activity Outcomes/Objectives
12:00 Check–in ***
12:05 Welcome and Introductions – Cindy Krautheim ***
12:10 Agenda Overview – Cindy Krautheim

·        Set Next Meeting Time/Date

Participants will have a clear understanding of the meeting components and will have a voice in selecting the next meeting date and time.
12:15 ACT Updates & Events

o   Organizational Policy Development – Kiah Morris

o   Matching Requirements – Nevin Lessard

o   Youth Ambassadors—Nevin Lessard

o   ACT Press Conference—Kiah Morris

o   Winterfest Support—Kiah Morris

Participants learn about policies that are in development for ACT; how ACT is utilizing, capturing and reporting in-kind matching and its importance for all non-profit organizations; Progress and goals with the Youth Ambassador Program; identify opportunities and ways support for the Fall Press Conference event; identify opportunities and ways to support North Bennington’s Winterfest event
12:30 ACT Selections and Voting—Kiah Morris

·        ACT Bylaw Approvals

·        Committee Sign Ups

·        Executive Committee Nominations and Elections

*Voting is restricted to members with a current MOU on file.

Participants will have a clear understanding of the organizational structure of ACT, provide input and selection of leadership, understand the roles of ACT committees, volunteer for a committee and provide approval and input for ACT’s by-laws.

1:00 Committee Meetings *Online and telephone access will be disconnected for the remainder of the event. Committee members will gain clear understanding of the roles and activities of the committees; identify leadership for the committee from the group; identify and choose opportunities to support implementation of activities.
1:50 Meeting Evaluation & Adjournment Participants will be able to provide feedback on the meeting and assess the effectiveness of the event.

November Community Coalition Meeting!

Community Coalition Meeting Agenda

PRESENTED BY: Alliance for Community Transformations

Click to Enlarge Map
Click to Enlarge Map
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Crispe Room

Vermont Veterans’ Home Bennington, Vermont

Online Login Information

https://www.gotomeet.me/actbennington

You can also dial in using your phone

United States +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code:
 458-558-941

Kiah Morris, Director

kmorris@bcrcvt.org

802.442.0713 x 9

 

Nevin Lessard, AmeriCorps VISTA

nlessard@bcrcvt.org

802.442.0713 x 6

The Alliance for Community Transformations (ACT) is a community-based, grassroots
collective of people who are working together on projects to improve the health of our
communities.Our mission: To prevent first time substance abuse among youth, reduce its use across all ages and to actively contribute to promoting increased wellness and health for all across the lifespan in the “Southshire” region of Bennington County.Our Vision: A region that actively works together to empower, mobilize and inspire one another to act in collaboration towards greater health and sustainable change.

AGENDA

Time Activity Outcomes/Objectives
12:00 Check–in ***
12:05 Welcome and Introductions – Cindy Krautheim ***
12:10 Agenda Overview – Cindy Krautheim

·        Set Next Meeting Time/Date

Participants will have a clear understanding of the meeting components and will have a voice in selecting the next meeting date and time.
12:15 ACT Updates & Events

o   Organizational Policy Development – Kiah Morris

o   Matching Requirements – Nevin Lessard

o   Youth Ambassadors—Nevin Lessard

o   ACT Press Conference—Kiah Morris

o   Winterfest Support—Kiah Morris

Participants learn about policies that are in development for ACT; how ACT is utilizing, capturing and reporting in-kind matching and its importance for all non-profit organizations; Progress and goals with the Youth Ambassador Program; identify opportunities and ways support for the Fall Press Conference event; identify opportunities and ways to support North Bennington’s Winterfest event
12:30 ACT Selections and Voting—Kiah Morris

·        ACT Bylaw Approvals

·        Committee Sign Ups

·        Executive Committee Nominations and Elections

*Voting is restricted to members with a current MOU on file.

Participants will have a clear understanding of the organizational structure of ACT, provide input and selection of leadership, understand the roles of ACT committees, volunteer for a committee and provide approval and input for ACT’s by-laws.

1:00 Committee Meetings *Online and telephone access will be disconnected for the remainder of the event. Committee members will gain clear understanding of the roles and activities of the committees; identify leadership for the committee from the group; identify and choose opportunities to support implementation of activities.
1:50 Meeting Evaluation & Adjournment Participants will be able to provide feedback on the meeting and assess the effectiveness of the event.

Broadcasting Good News!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a fantastic radio public service announcement sponsored by WEQX 102.7 FM radio which began on July 13th, 2015 and is now in rotation.

Be sure to tune in and listen for the great piece: Click here download the file.

Thank you WEQX for your support of our communities!!!!

EQX-Logo-MASTER

4 Lessons on Community Transformation We Can Learn From Nelson Mandela and the Struggle to End Apartheid

Nelson Mandela

1918-2013

Many in the world are mourning the loss of the inspirational leader, Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Nelson Mandela was a courageous activist whose voice, work and life served as passionate, inspirational fuel to a torn nation in desperate need of sweeping social change.  The story of the South African people was one that struck the hearts of the world, bringing to light a system of injustice and racial discrimination that was stuck in time, violent and terrifying to witness in our modern age.

We salute President Madiba (Nelson) Mandela by reflecting on four key lessons on community transformation that we may learn from his life, experiences and the push to end apartheid in South Africa.

1. The road to real, lasting change is difficult and can often take much longer than we want it to.

Source: Buzzfeed.com

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” The road to the end of Apartheid did not occur overnight and while hope always remained, it would take decades of pressure and activism before the tide would turn. Mandela’s own journey involved 20 years of activism in the African National Congress pressing the agenda and challenging the powerful structures that had existed for centuries. An additional 27 years of imprisonment would occur before the international groundswell of support would lead to his release and catalyze the long journey of change needed to transform his nation to reflect the dreams of its people. The work in South Africa is not done, pain remains, power struggles are ever-present but the people persist and continue to strive. We must do the same.

2. It takes courage to believe in change and to push for greatness.

Source: Buzzfeed.com

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”  What a terrifying prospect to know that speaking one’s truth and pressing for basic human rights might result in your imprisonment or death. We are fortunate to have the opportunity and ability to work towards changing systems and working with our community leaders, elected officials and government structures to make our communities healthy and vibrant. Yet, many of our friends, neighbors and relatives do not feel they can speak out, ask for help or question the decisions that are made which impact their lives. For those of us who can, we must speak out, we must press on, we must believe that the future is bolder and brighter than we ever could have imagined.

3. Keep caring. Never stop caring.

Source Buzzfeed.com

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” The world’s response to the reality of South African Apartheid was resounding and clear: It must be eradicated. Let’s remember, that this was in 1993, not 1893. Governments placed major sanctions on the South African regime and corporations like Coca-cola were globally boycotted against for operating their factories under the same oppressive conditions that the South African government utilized to institutionalize racial segregation.  People all over the world cared. They cared enough to boycott, to speak out, to pull their financial investments, to decry the violence and to demand justice. It was a global response, not one that said to leave it to South Africa to resolve on its own. As humans, we said, we believe that this is wrong and that what happens there, impacts all of our lives everywhere. Racial segregation in the United States did not end by accident, and the memories of our own nation’s history were reflected in the lives of South Africans under apartheid. Our own progress compels us to pay it forward. We must use our health, our knowledge, our resources and energy to keep pushing ahead to help others. Never Stop Caring.

4. You have everything within you needed to lead from exactly where you are.

“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front.” – Nelson Mandela was in jail for nearly thirty years, yet the movement carried on in his physical absence throughout that time through the work of others.  We often believe major change requires a singular champion — a Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatama Ghandi, Cesar Chavez — but each of these individuals had a legion of people who were working behind the scenes. The work of those not in the spotlight was crucial to the success of their goals and were treated with equal importance to those in front of the cameras. The passing of these leaders does not mean that the work dies, no, it must not mean the end of the journey for everyone else. It cannot. We may not know your names, but we see your good work and are inspired by what you do, everyday. While we may never see your face, ultimately, you are the leaders that push this work forward. Thank you.

Quotation Sources: newsone.com, npr.org, nelsonmandela.org, brainyquote.com

Photovoice Bennington County Exhibit

What a phenomenal project!

What breathtaking work!

What an amazing accomplishment!

Over fifty youth poured their hearts and souls into creating an powerful exhibit of photography work in the Photovoice Bennington County project. The end result, over sixty original pieces and so much positive conversation in the community.

There are still dates available to check out the exhibit and you can visit our online gallery of the pieces here.

If you haven’t seen it…be sure not to miss it!

At 443 Main Street – Next to Crazy Russian Girls Bakery

Remaining dates:

Friday, July 5th, 2013 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.