Although the Junior League of San Diego’s 2016 – 2017 Year has come to close, we would like to, once again, formally recognize those individuals who were announced as annual award winners at the May General Membership meeting.
President’s Award – Virginia Chambers
Spirit Award – Lindsay Pfeffer
Leadership Award – Melissa Davies
Spirit of Volunteerism – JLSD Sustainer Barbara Kramer
Executive Management Team Star Recognition
Becky Coulter, Provisional Chair
Kelly Johnson, Provisional Chair
Tracy Mitchell, Membership Connections Chair
Jennifer Kutzke, Membership Connections Transfer Coordinator
Community Outreach Council
Melina Flanders, Solutions Summit Chair
Emily Pickering, TAY Outcomes Task Forces Chair
Holly Nicoll, Impact Committee
Erin Swift, TAY Outcomes Task Force Committee
Crystal Arnote, The Main Event Chair
Ali Head, JBBB Chair
Brianna Barbier, F&W Committee
Hope Reilly, F&W Committee
Lisa Norris, F&W Treasurer
Elle Masri, Finance Council Member at Large
Angela Venuti, Marketing & PR for Fund Dev Chair
Libby Lopez, Social Media Chair Elect
Franceen Kakavoulis-Perera, Publications and Website
Sheridan Mulphurs and Julie Montgomery have spearheaded the new “Active Member” Mentor Program within Junior League of San Diego (JLSD).
After spending countless hours researching other League’s programs, they created a detailed program designed for JLSD to further support and engage first through third year new actives. These two ladies have been instrumental to the Training Council and the League! Thank you!
Ms. Fornaca has been such an invaluable member of the Food & Wine committee, serving both on the marketing subcommittee and now the procurement committee. She’s gone above-and-beyond when it comes to identifying diversified revenue opportunities and has been a pleasure to have on the committee.
JLSD is a proud partner of Walden Family Services. A nationally-recognized foster care, adoption, and youth services agency that shares Henry David Thoreau’s vision for personal growth, our individual rights and responsibilities as members of a community, and a life that celebrates the richness of natural diversity.
Their staff of highly trained social work professionals and licensed therapists supports birth, foster and adoptive families and the community in caring for more than 265 children and youth—many who have physical or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, who identify as LGBTQ, or who are part of large sibling groups. Preparing families to care for children with special health care needs or disabilities allows kids to grow up in families, rather than in hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, or group homes and congregate care facilities. Most important, living with a family helps children and youth build relationships, which are the foundation for learning, social-emotional well-being, and successful, fulfilling lives.
What is the Junior League’s Solution Summit? – Members of the Junior League of San Diego and community partners continuously working toward improving the lives of Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) in San Diego County.
This year’s Solutions Summit, held at the San Diego Central Library on March 22 and 23, focused primarily on establishing potential solutions to solve TAY issues related to 3 issues: (1) pregnancy and prevention, (2) housing, and (3) sexual exploitation. The themes were determined by a steering committee and decided on by Just in Time’s LEAP Council, as this year’s Solutions Summit team hoped to add more of a TAY voice to the event.
Over 60 community partners, each with a TAY connection, participated in this year’s event and lent themselves to the following potential initiatives:
Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
Two new conferences for TAY and their supporters – one including resources related to housing, and the other focused on pregnancy prevention.
All potential outcomes will be reviewed by the Junior League to determine whether TAY Task Forces will be able to assist in implementing the initiatives.
JLSD is a proud partner of Voices for Children. They believe every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of foster children.
Voices for Children’s 1,500 CASA volunteers come from every ethnicity, background, income level, age, and profession. They pass several levels of screenings and interviews, and pass our rigorous training program of 35+ hours. Being a CASA is an extraordinary responsibility, not something suited to everyone. And those who do qualify are the elite and the best; one child described them as “big brothers with super powers.” CASAs who reported their time last year have donated approximately 64,000 hours. According to Independent Sector, the leadership network for America’s charitable and philanthropic sector, this contributed time could be valued at nearly $1.7 million.
Their volunteers perform miracles, often changing lives and bringing joy to their case children, yet also face anger, rejection, and mistrust from children who have been betrayed by adults. The stakes are very high for these children, yet studies show that CASA volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of their children.
Learn more about this incredible community partner here.