A Message From 2018-2019 JLSD Executive Vice President

JL-42 SHAUNAOn behalf of the 2018-2019 Junior League of San Diego Executive Management Team (EMT), thank you for joining us for our 90th league year!

Our league is fortunate to have dedicated members who are passionate about the Junior League of San Diego and the San Diego community.  You selflessly contribute countless volunteer hours to help us accomplish all our important league activities and initiatives. Your efforts are vital as we continually work towards succeeding in our mission, as well as make progress as we enter year 2 of our Strategic Plan.  

I am motivated to serve by JLSD’s new vision statement that encompasses all that we want to you to gain from your involvement in our organization: Through dynamic training and meaningful connections, the Junior League of San Diego empowers women to be effective agents of change in their lives and in those of others. We are privileged to be part of an organization that provides unique experiences to grow as women and as leaders.  We have opportunities to learn about and become entrenched in our community; we can get to know each other and expand our network, as well as learn invaluable skills to help us succeed in our personal and professional lives…all while having fun!  I encourage you to take advantage of all that your Junior League membership has to offer.

Our EMT team is excitedly planning this momentous time; look for our 90th anniversary theme and ways to celebrate throughout the year.

We couldn’t do what we do for our league and for the San Diego community without YOU!  JLSD accomplishes so much in the community, and for our league members – remember to celebrate your successes and enjoy your time while you are accomplishing this important work.

I am looking forward to spending time getting to know you, our league members and our community partners, as we work together accomplishing our mission.  

Wishing you a wonderful league year ahead!  

Shauna Sliwkanich

Executive Vice President

2018-2019

A Message from the 2018-2019 JLSD President

JoniFlaherty Welcome to the Junior League of San Diego!

The Junior League of San Diego is an organization of women united by our interest in building better communities and cultivating the next generation of women as community and civic leaders. Our mission is simple: we promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We offer unique opportunities for personal growth through comprehensive leadership development and training, community service, and lifelong connections. By welcoming all women, our organization thrives through its members’ diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

In 2018-2019, we have the special privilege of celebrating the Junior League’s 90th year in San Diego. Over the past 90 years, the Junior League of San Diego has had a lasting and positive impact on our community. We are on the forefront of key initiatives and advocacy efforts to improve the well-being of women, children, and families in San Diego. JLSD projects and members have been pivotal to the founding of several remarkable programs in San Diego, including the Polinsky Center, Voices for Children, and LEAD San Diego. Our nearly 1,200 members dedicate tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, in addition to being pillars of strength and charity in their homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and broader communities.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this special milestone year. We have big plans in store for this year ahead.

Since 1981, the Junior League of San Diego has called 210 Maple Street its home. Our historic headquarters in Bankers Hill is No. 156 on the city’s list of historical landmarks and was built in 1916. It was designed by Louis Gill of Gill & Gill to be the family home of Rachel Granger Wegeforth, a community leader, philanthropist, and founder of the Silvergate Riding Club, and her husband, Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth, founder of the San Diego Zoo. In 1940, it was sold to Adele Palmer, another noteworthy philanthropist, then JLSD purchased the property in 1982. For more than 35 years, thousands of Junior League members have roamed the halls of 210 Maple, which serves as the League’s hub for its groundbreaking training programs and community work. In 2019, during this 90th League year, we will break ground on a momentous restoration of our beloved headquarters. We hope you will learn more about our capital campaign and restoration efforts. Please join us in our efforts to preserve this historic property, which will be restored to better serve our members and community.

In the year ahead, the Junior League and our members have big plans to serve our community. We will continue our mentorship program, where our members are paired with a foster youth transitioning into independent life. We will develop and execute the “solutions” developed from our now-biennial Solutions Summit conference, where community leaders, policymakers, and volunteers come together to problem-solve distinct challenges. We will continue our advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking and other issues affecting women and children, and in 2019 will host the 17 California Junior Leagues comprising the State Public Affairs Committee. We will expand our tremendously successful training programs – Board Academy, Public Policy Institute, and a new Leadership Development Series – and offer more opportunities for community members to participate in these innovative trainings. And we will continue to partner with worthwhile organizations and offer them the time and experience of our trained volunteers.

Please join me in supporting the Junior League of San Diego, its members, and our community. Whether you choose to make a donation, sponsor our projects and programs, become a community partner, or join our membership, your support of our mission will ensure that we continue to deepen our impact and transform our volunteers into civic leaders.

We hope to share with you our history of 90 years of community service and together look forward to our next 90 years.

In community spirit,

Joni Flaherty, Esq.

2018-2019 President

president@jlsd.org

JLSD Community Partner Spotlight: Urban Street Angels

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Urban Street Angels, founded in 2012, is a non-profit addressing youth homelessness in San Diego, CA and beyond. They began as a small group of volunteers hitting the streets of Ocean Beach several times a month, with backpacks of supplies and home-cooked meals to hand out. They quickly discovered that San Diego has a vast number of resources dedicated toward feeding and supplying the homeless. However, a key service was missing – transitional housing and work programs for transition-aged youth.

Their current mission aims to end youth homelessness by providing supportive housing and job training to cultivate personal responsibility. Urban Street Angels operates an emergency overnight shelter for 20-25, which provides much needed love and support for San Diego’s young homeless population. Their shelter currently operates on Tuesday nights at Mission Gathering Church in North Park, and on two or more Fridays a month at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

In addition to addressing the immediate needs of San Diego’s homeless youth, many of their shelter guests go on to join their housing and transitional employment, 8 West, where they receive the training and support necessary to leave the streets behind for good. The 8 West team members make and sell organic soaps and artisan products, creating an income to help offset the costs of operating the shelters and empowering the youth.

JLSD has partnered with Urban Street Angels for 4 years, contributing hundreds of dollars worth of hygiene supplies through annual Impact Shift drives, and providing dinners at their shelter coordinated through JLSD’s Impact Committee. This year, ​​Urban Street Angel’s Director of Operations also presented at our annual Community Partner Breakfast and brought tears to the eyes of our “sold out” event. 

Social Workers from Urban Street Angels/8 West attended Solutions Summit​ and  Brand of Brothers to share their mission and collaborate on ways to help transition age youth in San Diego. 

JLSD Community Partner Spotlight: Saved In America

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A non-profit organization composed of former law enforcement officers and Navy SEALS-turned licensed, insured private investigators, SAVED IN AMERICA assists parents and law enforcement in locating missing and runaway children at no charge to families.  The organization assists victims of sexual exploitation in procuring legal representation, safe housing, and rehabilitative therapy.

JLSD has partnered with Saved In America since 2017, joining forces to help spread awareness about Human Trafficking, educating the community on how to be more involved. Saved in America participates in the JLSD-facilitated Commercial Sexually Exploited Children Task Force and JLSD volunteers assisted at Saved In America’s inaugural fundraising event  in November 2017.

Learn more at www.savedinamerica.org/

 

2018 JLSD Provisional Fundraiser Events Recap

Each year the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) welcomes over 130 new members into our organization.  These women join us in our efforts to create lasting impact in San Diego by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community.  They come from all across the county – and from all types of backgrounds, experiences and careers.  This year’s class has been endlessly impressive, so we’re thrilled to brag about a few of their many accomplishments.

As part of an intensive training curriculum, the women worked in teams to put together fund development projects to help the Junior League raise money to support our Mission-based programming efforts.  These are funds that go directly back into the community to serve the needs of local Transition Age Foster Youth (TAY), survivors of human trafficking, and to address the needs of countless community partners that JLSD has been fortunate enough to forge strong relationships with over the last several years.  In seven short weeks the teams executed five fully developed events, on shoestring budgets, and ultimately raised over $30,000.

The fundraising season kicked off with “Playoffs with a Purpose,” an event that drew in a football-loving crowd to celebrate the NFL playoffs at Tin Roof downtown.  The event featured a ton of fun games and activities for participants to enjoy – as well as live music from one of JLSD’s favorite local bands, Paging the 90’s, who kept the nearly 300-person crowd dancing for hours.  A select quantity of hand crafted JLSD beer steins remain available for purchase in the JLSD Boutique, grab one today!

Next the League ventured up to Miramar to take over the distillery at Cutwater Spirits for the “Winter Games Rally.”  Attendees got into the theme to represent their favorite athletes and nations – with a special appearance by the Jamaican bobsled team!  The women put together a fantastic assortment of auction items that were a huge hit with their guests, including Southwest airline tickets, Padres and Gulls swag, and various forms of Olympic gear just in time for the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

And then it was time for some big fun in the Big Easy with a Mardi Gras themed “Beads & Beers” event, hosted by our favorite radio DJ – Frankie V from Jamn 95.7.  Guests were treated to tarot card reading for the voodoo inclined, and a fantastic cartoonist drew the most incredible portraits throughout the evening.  The team even secured Bump City Brass , a 12-piece big horn dance band, who got everyone on the dance floor and brought that retro New Orleans vibe all the way to San Diego.

After hanging up the beads and boas, it was time to get outdoors and “Camp for a Cause” at Park & Rec in University Heights.  Nearly all attendees arrived ready to roast s’mores by the campfire in all kinds of flannel attire.  In a nod to nostalgia, the team organized all the best games from summer camp and the competition quickly got serious!  With the fantastic DJ Cutlos Supreme spinning our favorite old school tracks, the evening was a trip down memory lane from beginning to end.

And last, but certainly not least, JLSD went “Anchors Aweigh” with our final event in the series.  The Loading Dock in Little Italy graciously hosted our nautical theme party and let the team go to town transforming the space with incredible decorations and auction items alike.  The highlight of the evening was ultra-competitive, bracket-style goldfish races that the crowd couldn’t seem to get enough of –providing an endless amount of entertainment for both competitors and the curious spectator crowd.  One lucky father-in-law even went home with a free trip to the Bahamas at the end of the night!

As an organization, we’re so proud of all the hard work our new members poured into these events and look forward to putting the funds raised to good use as we continue JLSD’s important community focused work together.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Junior League of San Diego, becoming a member, or supporting our work – please visit www.jlsd.org.

JLSD Human Trafficking Awareness Rally

The 5th Annual Junior League of San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking rally was held in Balboa Park on January 13, 2018.

Speakers included 53rd Congressional District Congresswoman Susan Davis; San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan; Assembly Member Brian Maienschein of California’s 77th State Assembly District; Jamie Quient, President of Free to Thrive; Joseph Travers, Executive Director of Saved In America; Todd Hemmen, Supervisory Special Agent, from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Derek Neth, Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations.

The following Community Partners participated, sharing information and tools to help educate San Diego about human trafficking in our midst: Alabaster Jar Project, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition, Casa de Amparo, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, FBI, Free to Thrive, Point Loma Nazarene University, The Salvation Army, Saved In America, Survivor Leader network in San Diego, and the US Department of Homeland Security.

 

 

 

 

 

Solutions Summit 2018: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an ongoing problem with foster youth in the United States and will be an area of focus at the Junior League of San Diego’s 4th Annual Solution Summit. There will be more than 40 organizations coming together for discussion and problem-solving on short and long-term solutions for domestic violence within the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population.

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In a study with 339 17-year-old emancipated foster youths selected from the Missouri Children’s Division Youth, more than 75% reported some type of maltreatment in the past. Fifty-two youth qualified as meeting criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In another study, researchers used a psychoeducational program (The Youth Relationships Project) to prevent abusive behavior and promote healthy nonviolent relationships for youth who have experienced previous maltreatment.  Youth aged 14-16 years of age were identified through Child Protected Services agencies and were randomized to the program (intervention) versus no intervention.  Over half the youth in the study were foster youth.  Over the period of the study, those who received the intervention were less physically abusive towards partners and reported less physical, emotion and threatening forms of abuse by their partners and themselves.

The Junior League of San Diego will bring together over 40 organizations at Solutions Summit 2018 for discussion and problem-solving focusing on how learnings from these studies can be applied to help TAY in San Diego.

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References:
Jonson-Reid, M., Scott, Lionel D. , McMillen, J. Curtis, Edmond, Tonya. (2007). “Dating violence among emancipating foster youth”. Children and Youth Services Review. Volume 29, Issue 5, Pages 557-571, ISSN 0190-7409, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2006.12.008.
Wolfe, D. A., Wekerle, C., Scott, K., Straatman, A. L., Grasley, C., & Reitzel-Jaffe, D. (2003). Dating violence prevention with at-risk youth: a controlled outcome evaluation. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 71(2), 279.