Category Archives: Advocacy

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

 

4 March – Legislations & Libations

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It is fair to say that the JLSD ladies are the best and brightest, but do we all know how our government works?

JLSD’s State Public Affairs Delegates understand your pain, and are here to train our ladies to talk politics. Join “Legislation and Libations” on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at the JLSD house to train yourself to be politically savvy. Get a California Government 101 run-through, learn more about SPAC-authored (written) bills, and analyze a bill all over mimosas, just like the pros in DC do it!

Assemblyman Todd Gloria will be the keynote speaker. Training credit will be given to attendees. Sign up on the JLSD training website here.

 

 

Junior League San Diego joins “The Little Black Dress Initiative”

Today marks the first day the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) joins The Little Black Dress Initiative (#TheLBDI) – a global mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.”

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When we consider the symptoms of poverty – homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity and limited education – foster youth are disproportionately affected.  

The Junior League of San Diego has a long-standing tradition supporting foster youth.  Therefore, throughout this #TheLBDI week, February 6-10, 2017, our Junior League of San Diego members will wear one black dress for five days to spark a conversation about foster youth and how everyone can help break their cycle of poverty.

The Junior League of San Diego invites YOU to join the cause.  Lend your voice to our mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.”  When you see see your JLSD friend, neighbor, or colleague supporting The Little Black Dress Initiative this week, consider:

  • sharing your own experience with poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing your efforts to help others overcome poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing the name of a local organization working effectively to eliminate poverty in our community, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing your support of the Junior League of San Diego member’s commitment to “Making Poverty Unfashionable,” by donating to the Annual Fund. #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD

Poverty is real in our community.  Join us this week by sharing your #TheLBDI #WhyIJLSD #JLSDDoesLBD story.  Together, we can become a stronger voice as JLSD works to advocate for those less fortunate.  

 

 

JLSD Human Trafficking Awareness Rally

2017-ht-rally-digital-banners_jlsdwebsiteThe Human Trafficking epidemic in America is stealing both our children’s innocence, and the livelihood of adults, and we cannot back down. The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11. Many victims are not just runaways or abandoned, but are from “good” families who are coerced by clever traffickers.

Junior League of San Diego believes that awareness of and training to confront and stop human and labor trafficking is key to an improved outcome in San Diego County. Via the Rally, audience participants will learn from San Diego community subject matter experts and gain the knowledge and resources available to help those who may be at risk in our community. Register today: bit.ly/JLSDRally2017

Featured Speakers:

Congresswoman Susan Davis, US House of Representatives – 53rd District

Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senate – 39th District

Summer Stephan, Chief Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Michelle Shoemaker, Director, Churches Against Trafficking

Dr. Jennifer Prager, Director, Victims Counseling Services

Bettina Hausmann, President and CEO, United Nations Association San Diego

Christina Marzocca, Women’s Equity Council

Anne Hoiberg, San Diego Trafficking Advisory Council

Susan Muncey, Director, Generate Hope

Ruby Chacon, US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Victim Specialist

Marisa Ogarte, Outreach Coordinator, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition