JLSD Community Partner Breakfast

On November 9, 2017, The Junior League of San Diego was excited to partner with Girl Scouts San Diego once again to hold the 2017 Community Partner Breakfast. To show appreciation for the hard work our community partners do, attendees enjoyed a hot breakfast buffet from Corner Bakery, a moving story of success from Youth Spotlight speaker Luciano Castillo, and the always engaging Jerry Troyer speaking about the programming and positive impact of Urban Street Angels and 8West.

New this year, the attendees had an opportunity to provide feedback on the Junior League’s impact on community needs. They also enjoyed connecting with the JLSD TAY Outcomes Taskforce and SPAC committee representatives for personal updates on upcoming projects/legislative action and how to get involved.

In addition to some special thank you gifts courtesy of The LOT and JLSD, each of the 60 attendees took home a reusable tote filled with give-aways and green shirts from UC Health System to recognize National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month. In support of the work each community partner does to support the Foster youth of San Diego, Adoption World Publishing and Dr. Jamie Schwandt’s also graciously provided each of the 60 attendees with Dr. Schwandt’s new workbook “Succeeding as a Foster Child.”

The Junior League of San Diego gives thanks to all our hard working community partners and we look forward to continuing our work together to impact the lives of youth in our area!

2nd Annual JLSD Gala

The 2017 Junior League of San Diego Gala had a sold out crowd of 310 guests! Attendees filled each seat as they dined outside under the the full moon and on the green at Morgan Run Club & Resort.

The night was magical as they walked through the rabbit hole to registration and check-in where towers of “drink me” champagne flutes awaited each guest for a complimentary toast. From there, the guests moved onto the patio where market lighting and paper lanterns recreated scenes from Alice in Wonderland.

With flamingo croquet and music from the band CalPhonics, silent auction items lined the tables from a San Diego staycation to a ski trip to Lake Tahoe and a personal styling session by blogger Conni Jepersen – guests had an opportunity to bid on their favorite items. Additionally, the Village Hat Shop was selling fascinators and top hats for those in need of more festive spirit! At the call to dinner, guests sat at mismatched tables with a whimsical mix of tea cups, antique books, clocks, flowers, moss and silver plating  that recreated the Mad Hatter tea party.

The JLSD Gala program included a live auction and an opportunity for guests to “raise the paddle” in support of the Junior League’s community programs to support transition-age foster youth, stop human trafficking in San Diego and develop women leaders in the community. The “raise the paddle” fundraising goal was exceeded by double the amount due to everyone’s generosity!

 

The Junior League of San Diego Spirit of Community Awards were presented to three outstanding community members: Mrs. Ann Hill, a JLSD Sustainer; Mr. Dairrick Hodges, former foster youth and founding member of JLSD Brand of Brothers; and Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senator and advocate for human trafficking victims.

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After dinner, a select number of attendees gained entry into the “Queen of Hearts” Speakeasy Lounge, decorated by To Be Designed, where they enjoyed an open bar, a DJ and checkered dance floor, exquisite lounge furniture, and an opportunity to try their key to the Speakeasy Liquor Cabinet. The rest of the guests enjoyed the night on the patio with music from CalPhonics. The night ended with a costume contest hosted by Frankie V of JAMN 97.5 FM. The crowd declared Dairrick Hodges the winner by applause!

The night was a huge success! The 2017 JLSD Gala Chair and Committee wants to thank everyone who attended and helped the Junior of San Diego continue its legacy in the community.

A quote from the Gala Chair Jessica Linde: “The night was magical. The full moon and dinner under the stars set the stage for a memorable evening as our community came together to celebrate the work of the Junior League of San Diego. From the Mad Hatter’s tea cups and costumes to the Queen of Hearts Speakeasy Lounge, the themed ushered in a buzz throughout the crowd. Maybe it was the excitement from the Mayor’s Proclamation of November 4, 2017 being designated as Junior League of San Diego Day; the sell-out crowd or exceeding the night’s fundraising goals to support the Junior League of San Diego’s mission-based programs. Whatever it may be, it was a fun night! I am proud to be a member of an organization that celebrates volunteerism and is working hard to make a positive difference in our community!” 

November 4, 2017 was designated as Junior League of San Diego Day by Mayor Faulkner of San Diego.

JLSD Impact Forum 14 November

Please join the Junior League of San Diego for the 2017 Impact Forum: Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women. This year’s event will be held from 6 – 8 pm at Marina Village, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109.

Our speakers for the event will be Joseph Travers of Saved America, and Kristen Knepper, owner of Kristen Knepper Consulting, a professional development firm. The evening will end with the powerful documentary film The Empowerment Project.

This is a community event, open to the public and all are welcome.

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JLSD Day At City Hall 23 October 2017

The first ever JLSD Day At City Hall was a resounding success! Twenty active and provisional members had a tour of city hall and spent a morning meeting with San Diego City Council members to learn about local issues and how to get more involved.

Council member’s Barbara Bry and Chris Ward, City Attorney Mara Elliott, and County District 3 Supervisor Kristin Gaspar spoke to the group about their career paths, civic and organizational leadership and ways JLSD might get more involved in developing local legislation.

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A lunch and Happy Hour followed at The Local in the Gaslamp District.

Our thanks to JLSD SPAC Dominique Coulon for initiating and developing the first JLSD Day At City Hall.

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JLSD Impact Forum – November 14, 2017

Impact Forum: Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women

Join The Junior League of San Diego for an informative evening at the 2017 Impact Forum: “Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women” on Tuesday November 14th, from 6 – 8pm at 1936 Quivera Way, San Diego CA 92109 (Marina Village).

More information will be forthcoming, but please be on the lookout on JLSD social media and in future newsletters. Sign up for the event here.

By attending the Impact Forum, you will receive BOTH GMM and IMPACT Credit.

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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

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