JLSD SPAC/Legislative Liaisons Summer Bill Support

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What we do: JLSD supports bills that relate to women and children, foster youth and anti-human trafficking.  To become law, each bill introduced by a legislative member must move through both houses – the Assembly and the Senate – and be voted to pass at each step (specific committees, fiscal committee, and the house floor).  If passed by both houses, the California Governor can then either sign the bill into law, or veto the bill.  JLSD’s Legislative Liaisons write letters of support to the author of the bill, as well as each committee that the bill passes through, asking for their vote of support.

We have a team of 16 JLSD members who volunteered to help us with support letters throughout the summer.  We are currently working to support the following 17 bills:

Bill Description
AB 9 Make our tax code gender neutral, end a longstanding tax on feminine hygiene products and join 8 other states in fixing this
AB 27 If an offender rapes someone who is not able to give consent, whether because of disability, intoxication, or unconsciousness, bill wants to classify as a violent felony (rather than the current serious felony)
AB 67 Defines Human Trafficking as a violent felony
AB 507 Specific annual training plan developed for parents with foster youth based on needs of youth
AB 766 Closes a gap in AB 12 payments for minor dependents in post secondary education
AB 900 Allows Human Trafficking victims to be eligible for compensation
AB 1227 Adds Human Trafficking to health education in school
AB 1375 Develops a database for placing foster youth in the most appropriate location
AB 1406 Gives matching grants for homeless programs
AB 1495 Allows victims and law enforcement to sue child rapists to curb the demand for exploitation
AB 1520 Aims to reduce child poverty by 50% over the next 20 years by adopting a framework for continued investment in programs and approaches that have been researched and proven to impact poverty in the most cost-effective ways.
AB 1567 Require County Welfare Departments to coordinate with California State Universities and community colleges to improve access that foster youth have to campus support programs and resources
SB 225 Revise its model human trafficking notice to include the option of texting to a hotline.
SB 230 Exception: personal character admissible to use for cases against commercial sexual offense
SB 245 Health education provided to foster youth through case plan
SB 270 Require a hotel or motel that provides lodging services in the state to train its employees who are likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking in recognizing the signs of human trafficking and how to report those signs to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
SB 597 Adds victims of human trafficking to the list of people eligible for the Safe at Home program. The Safe at Home program provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service to eligible people. Safe at Home program participants can use their confidential address for numerous services: petition for a confidential legal name change, confidential voter registration, confidential driver’s license and vehicle registration.

If you are interested in supporting any of these bills – check out their status by looking up the bill number on http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ . If you are interested in personally supporting any of these pieces of legislation, please reach out to the JLSD Legislative Liaisons for more information on how to lend your personal support (outside of the league).

Shauna Sliwkanich and Brandi Cropper

JLSD 2017-2018 Legislative Liaisons

JLSD 2016 – 2017 Annual Award Winners

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

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Executive Management Team Star Recognition

  • Membership Council
    • 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
  • Fund Development
    • Crystal Arnote, The Main Event Chair
    • Ali Head, JBBB Chair
    • Brianna Barbier, F&W Committee
    • Hope Reilly, F&W Committee
  • Finance Council
    • Lisa Norris, F&W Treasurer
    • Elle Masri, Finance Council Member at Large
  • Marketing
    • Angela Venuti, Marketing & PR for Fund Dev Chair
    • Libby Lopez, Social Media Chair Elect
    • Franceen Kakavoulis-Perera, Publications and Website
  • Training
    • Sheridan Malphurs, Training Council
    • April Joy Galka, Training Council

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New Sustainers:

Tracy Achten                      Jennifer Burton

Virginia Chambers           Lisa Cobble

Nicole Crosby                    Natalie Hunter

Sarah Rechif                       Dayana Silva-James

 

Provisional Rising Stars:

Emilie Brooks                     Rachel Grover

Olivia Huie                           Sally Johnson

Hannah Kropf                    Allison Lojek

Katie Morel                        Darlene Robetcky

 

 

JLSD Volunteers of the Month

JLSD Volunteers of the Month

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!

JLSD Volunteer of the Month

Junior League of San Diego is excited to announce that Elise Fornaca has been selected as our Volunteer of the month.

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.

Congratulations, Elise!

Community Partner Spotlight: Walden Family Services

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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.

Headquartered in San Diego County, Walden Family Services operates district offices throughout Southern California. Walden holds accreditations from a number of regional and national organizations, including the California Alliance of Child and Family ServicesCARF and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children—All Families initiative. Walden staff also serve on the Cultural Competency Committee of the national Foster Family-Based Treatment Association.

Walden Family Services has been helping foster children and adoptive families throughout Southern California for 41 years.  To learn even more about this incredible community partner, click here.

Solutions Summit 2017

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.

image4[1] Speakers: Dairrick Hodges, Judge Sharon Kalemkiarian, Veronica Castillo (Photo: Eric Gonzales Photography)

 

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:

  1. Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
  2. Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
  3. 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.

image2[1]Speaker: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf