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October 26-27, 2020

Virtual National Community Leadership Summit

Broadcast from Boston, MA

What does a society that values community leadership look like, and what resources does it need to transform the future? Learn how we can strengthen communities to reduce structural inequities and early adversity, and promote social justice and wellbeing to create a better future for all.



Recap of our previous year's event!

View video with Spanish subtitles.


Thank You!

Stay Connected

Thank you to those who joined us on November 19 for our follow-up webinar, Creating Pathways for Community Leadership, to continue the conversation on community leadership and learn about parent-led efforts to address community challenges and improve wellbeing. View the webinar archive to learn more.

Thank you to everyone who joined in and made the 2020 National Community Leadership Summit a success! Over 500 community leaders, change agents, and advocates like you came together in a new way to learn, engage, and transform our communities so that children and families have equitable access to the resources they need to thrive.


Loretta Ross

Advocate and Author, 

Reproductive Justice: An Introduction, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson

President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation and incoming President and CEO of Children’s Defense Fund

Mayra Alvarez


The Children's Partnership

Jennie Joseph

Advocate, Founder and Executive Director of Commonsense Childbirth Inc.


Move for the Movement!
Monday, October 26, 4-4:45 pm EST

Join Little Uprising and Danza Orgánica for a virtual workshop for kids to explore storytelling, music, and the concepts of how our bodies are the means for protest and healing. We will be reading and moving to Innosanto Nagara’s “Oh the Things We’re For”.

About Section


Make connections.


Share knowledge.


Build our future.

This is how our virtual summit program will inspire change.

This is new territory for our communities-- COVID-19, widespread trauma, increasing inequity. We need a new toolkit, and collaborating with Vital Village we can help identify the tools needed to improve community resilience.


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 Camila Beiner and Hassan Lubega for providing website translations, and to the Community Language Cooperative for providing simultaneous interpretation services.

 Nos agradecen mucho nuestros compañeros de apoyo en el idioma español quienes trabajan con nosotros para asegurar un programa y una experiencia significativos. Gracias a los miembros del personal de Vital Village Networks, Camila Beiner y Hassan Lubega, por proveer traducciones para el sitio web y al Community Language Cooperative para proveer los servicios de la interpretación simultánea.

Vital Village is a network of residents and organizations committed to maximizing child, family, and community well-being. Vital Village is based at Boston Medical Center.



A Spanish version of our website is underway! We are very excited to practice language justice and appreciate your patience. Thank you!  

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