Author: Corienne Myslinski

Come participate in JLP Day on March 18th!

Come participate in JLP Day on March 18th! The day starts at 8:30 AM and goes to 3:30pm.

8:30 Welcome & JL Overview (~10min) This is the opening to the day.
Please note, no credit given and there is no signup on the Event Calendar.

Time: 8:45-9:30am
Event 1: Community Partner Project (Jeanne Reiche-Face to Face).
Please note this event is worth 1/2 a GMM credit; sign up on DC: Register Here in Digital Cheetah

Description of Event: Philadelphia has the highest rate of poverty of any large city in the United States. Germantown has levels 50% higher than the city, with one third of its residents living in Deep Poverty ($6,380 individual; $13,100 family of 4), making it difficult to afford necessities of food or shelter. Hospitality, Mutuality, and Transformation – speak to our belief that individuals experiencing poverty should be treated with respect. Come learn more about our community partner Face to Face and how JLP helps support their mission.

Time: 9:45-10:30am
Event 2: Breastfeeding and the Impact on Food Insecurity (Jabina Coleman- The Lactation Therapist) Please note this event is worth 1/2 a GMM credit; sign up on DC: Register Here in Digital Cheetah

Description of Event: In addition to its health and nutritional benefits, breastfeeding can save low-income, food insecure mothers the cost of infant formula so that money can be spent on food and other necessities. Yet breastfeeding may exacerbate food insecurity by negatively affecting maternal employment. The relationship between food insecurity and breastfeeding has been explored previously, with varying results. This discussion will explore the relationship between prenatal food insecurity and breastfeeding initiation and early cessation.

Time: 10:45-11:30 am
Event 3: Food Insecurity, Health/Wellness, and Impact on Health Disparities in Philadelphia (Avery Ince, MD Janssen Cardiovascular and Metabolism)
Please note this event is worth 1/2 a GMM credit; sign up on DC: Register Here in Digital Cheetah

Description of Event: Adults who are food insecure may be at an increased risk for a variety of negative health outcomes and health disparities. For example, a study found that food-insecure adults may be at an increased risk for obesity. Another study found higher rates of chronic disease in low-income, food-insecure adults between the ages of 18 years and 65 years. Food-insecure children may also be at an increased risk for a variety of negative health outcomes, including obesity. They also face a higher risk of developmental problems compared with food-secure children. In addition, reduced frequency, quality, variety, and quantity of consumed foods may have a negative effect on children’s mental health.
Neighborhood conditions may affect physical access to food. For example, people living in some urban areas, rural areas, and low-income neighborhoods may have limited access to full-service supermarkets or grocery stores.

Time: 11:45am -12:30 pm
Event 4: Hunger Simulation- The Hunger Coalition Katie Milhoun and Team Mission
Please note this event is worth 1 GMM credit; sign up on DC: Register Here in Digital Cheetah

Description of Event: This hunger simulation will allow you to experience a day in the life of a person facing hunger, and the heart wrenching decisions they must make daily to survive.
The goal of the simulation is to provide an experiential, educational opportunity that explores issues of food access and availability. The simulation normally runs about an hour and a half (including time for introduction and debriefing), but that time varies based on the interests of participants.

Time: 12:30-1:15 pm
Event 5: Placement Fair & Lunch
Please note this event is not worth a mission credit, but we still have a sign up in DC.
Register Here in Digital Cheetah

Description of Event: We know women’s lives have changed dramatically over the last 100 years and the one size fits all approach to Junior League membership no longer applies. We must transform our model to be member-centric, which will create a more meaningful experience for each of you. To deliver on our Mission, we need to develop you as civic leaders with the skills and competencies to improve our community.
Our League has committed to making these changes and has used the placement matching tool over the last two years. Please come learn about the placement process and how you can have a unique League experience in 2023-4.

Time: 1:30-2:15 pm
Event 6: Understanding concepts of sexual orientation and Gender Identity (Jenny Bidey, DNP)
Please note this event is worth 1/2 a GMM credit; sign up on DC: Register Here in Digital Cheetah

Description of Event: For gender diverse people, their identity is about presenting something more outwardly authentic to the world, whether they understand themselves to be differently gendered, or have no gender at all. It is important to recognize that many cultures throughout history have recognized gender diversity beyond masculine and feminine. Today the internet has provided a platform where people can explore common experiences with gender diversity and a lot of the language used to describe these experiences is still evolving. There are often misunderstandings that report of there being hundreds of genders, each with unique rules, language, and pronouns. A lot of these claims are exaggerated, taking into account very niche and specialized terms, or very personal explorations of gender.

Time: 2:30- 3:15 pm
Event 7: Kid’s Safe training: Loutel and Associates
Please note this event is 1/2 a GMM credit; sign up on DC: Register Here in Digital Cheetah

Description of Event: The PA Department of Human Services’ Office of Children, Youth, and Families’ vision is for all children and youth to grow up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent family and community. Their mission is to support the provision of quality services and best practices designed to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children, youth, and families.

The PA Department of Human Services supports child abuse recognition and reporting training through a variety of delivery methods, including web-based and in-person. Loutel and associates will provide this training for League members as many events will have children participate and we also employ minors in the Thrift Shop.

3:15-3:30 Closing remarks
Please note, no credit given and there is no signup on the Event Calendar.

Junior Leagues Recognized for Outstanding Programming at 99th Annual Business Meeting of The Association of Junior Leagues International

NEW YORK, May 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The outstanding programs of eight Junior Leagues were awarded the highest honors during the 99th Annual Business Meeting of The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) on May 22, 2021. After a year unlike any other, these initiatives are shining examples of how Junior Leagues address the real needs of their communities by collaborating with key partners to take action. The AJLI Awards are given in areas ranging from community impact to fundraising to leadership development.

AJLI President Bett Williams, a member of the Junior League of Columbia, SC, said, “Amidst cancelled fundraisers and hours of Zoom meetings, Junior Leagues continued to respond to deep community needs. These awards honor Leagues helping their communities in new and innovative ways by providing resources that address basic human needs, literacy and education, and so much more.”

The 2021 AJLI Award Recipients are:

Community Impact Award: Junior League of Philadelphia

The Apple a Day Healthy Living initiative™ is a multitiered and multifaceted community initiative that creates positive impact on the health and wellness of adults and children in the Greater Philadelphia area. Now in its eighth year of operation, the program supplies both interactive and educational opportunities for the community, while increasing the region’s capacity to supply and distribute healthy food to families in need.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award: Junior League of Fort Smith

Since 2018, when their DEI Committee was created, the Junior League of Fort Smith, through their Rewriting Our Narrative initiative, has revamped policies and procedures to incorporate DEI within their culture, diversified their new member base by 20%, created a safe space for members to speak on their firsthand experiences with racism and discrimination, and issued a powerful commitment statement to publicly denounce racism.

Development Award: Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri

The inaugural C3KC fundraiser was presented by the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri in 2018, to convene men and women from all community sectors so that together, solutions to deeply entrenched and complex social issues could be found. The annual event has transformed the League’s fund development diversification strategy, opening doors to new funders and strategic partners, engaging 21st century League members, advancing the League mission, and in the process created a better Kansas City.

Innovation Award: Junior League of Montgomery

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the Junior League of Montgomery’s 35-year-old College and Career Fair had to be entirely improvised and reimagined. Simply not having it was not an option, as it would affect students and families who rely on this community event to explore college and career possibilities, gather scholarship information, and discover financial aid opportunities. And so, the Virtual College and Career Fair was born. Adjusting to a virtual platform, though not ideal, still allowed the Junior League of Montgomery to grow their reach far beyond what they envisioned, as they realized they were able to impact more students and more families.

Leadership Development Award: Junior League of Wichita

To promote quality board service, the Junior League of Wichita created the Nonprofit Board Development Program, a series of board development and training opportunities. The program prepares League members, local nonprofits, and community members to serve as competent and impactful board members. The training ensures that participants will be able to contribute to developing and enhancing a board’s functionality, thereby making them more effective, and essentially, truly building a better community as they are deployed out into their local nonprofit ecosystem.

Membership Recruitment and Engagement Award: Junior League of Seattle

The provisional program of the Junior League of Seattle introduces new members to the League and paves the way for a successful League career. The program is instrumental in acclimating new members to the League’s values, mission, and vision through advising, curriculum & training, projects, building community and thoughtful recruitment. These efforts have led to a 90% retention rate for new members.

Marketing and Communications Award: Junior League of Fort Smith

During the summer of 2020, the Junior League of Fort Smith filmed a “day in the life” video aptly named Rewriting Our Narrative highlighting members of all backgrounds, ethnicities, professions, and skill sets. This video made a strong statement of how richly diverse they are as an organization – from ethnicity to sexual orientation to socioeconomic status. The video has reached over 16% of the population within the Fort Smith community.

Public Policy and Advocacy Award: Junior League of Birmingham

The Junior League of Birmingham lies three miles from I-20, dubbed “the sex trafficking superhighway.” League leaders recognized that women and children served by their programs were at greater risk for being targeted for sex trafficking, so they developed an Anti-Human Trafficking Program focused on raising awareness and municipal declaration, enabling and enforcement of state law, support of new legislation, and support of needed programming. The keystone of the League’s work to reduce victimization is by leveraging their role as a nonprofit leader and nonpartisan coalition builder to affect transformational change through advocacy and public policy. They are a recognized leader in the efforts to combat human trafficking in the state and are a desired partner and resource.

About The Junior League

Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s organizations in the world, encompassing more than 125,000 women in over 295 Leagues in four countries. For more than 100 years, the mission of Junior Leagues has not wavered: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who collaborate with community partners to identify a community’s most urgent needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but also change the way people think. In 1921 the Leagues joined forces as an association, which is today known as The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., in order to bolster their power and amplify their voice through shared knowledge and common causes.

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