Prospective JLSD Class: Provisionals

We have had a fantastic 2019 – 2020 year for our 101 Provisional members.
Each year, our incoming Provisional class plans and hosts events that raise awareness about and benefit our mission-based programs. JLSD Provisionals hold one event focused on training, one on fund development, and one on community. Through our Provisional events, we hope to surpass our goal of $20,000 for our causes and community partners.

TRAINING: Our Provisional training event, Money Mindfulness: Financial Balance For Success was held on Feb. 8.

FUND DEVELOPMENT: We Leaped back to the time of college game days, flip-cup, keg stands and dancing till dawn with JLSD family and friends on Feb. 29.

COMMUNITY: The JLSD Provisionals are planning a Dog Fashion Show for Saturday, April 18, 2020. Save the date, and check back soon at JLSD.org for more information.

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Every year since 1929, JLSD has welcomed new members (called Provisionals), transfers from other Leagues around the world, and reinstatements.

Prospective Member Information Sessions will be held on the following dates at AMN Healthcare Auditorium | 12400 High Bluff Dr, San Diego, CA 92130
Thursday, April 30th

Please register online to attend one information session.

Thank You – JLSD Gala

Two hundred and fifty guests attended our Junior League of San Diego’s annual gala at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park in October. The masquerade ball raised $60,000 through silent and live auctions, while guests enjoyed an evening of dining, music, and dancing amongst the museums artifacts.

Funds raised at the gala will be used to support JLSD’s mission-based programs for San Diego’s foster youth community, to assist partners in reducing human trafficking, and help train women to become effective community leaders and advocates for social change. Dr. Jamie Gates was recognized with the JLSD Spirit of Community Award for his work exposing human trafficking in San Diego. Our Masquerade Gala at the Natural History Museum of San Diego was a huge success. It’s because of your support that JLSD are able to create lasting partnerships to end human trafficking, and continue training programs that help develop successful women to be change agents in our community.

Through your generous donations we are able to support the league and its mission-based community projects to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego though programs like Band of Brothers and Solutions Summit.

Our members are part of JLSD’s success story and we thank you.

We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our amazing vendors, donors, and corporate sponsors who played a role in making this such a successful event.

Our cup is overflowing with gratitude for you and the change you are helping us to make in the community.

2019 JLSD Solutions Summit

The Junior League of San Diego’s (JLSD) annual Solutions Summit event took place on Thursday, September 12th at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay.

Solutions Summit is a collaborative conference that addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population in San Diego. From its inception in 2015, our Solutions Summit conference has brought together over 40 local organizations for discussion and active problem-solving.

JLSD’s Solutions Summit helps our community partners determine a collective roadmap to move forward in key areas affecting the success of TAY. With the continued participation of Solution Summit attendees, these community roadmaps will be further developed, assessed, and implemented in phases over an appropriate timeline.  Members of the Junior League of San Diego work with each team through our TAY Task Forces Committee, to focus solely on advancing these roadmaps and building from the active problem-solving developed at Solutions Summit.

JLSD has spent several years looking at various challenges that youth face while in care and decided, in collaboration with members of our Steering Committee, to look specifically at the unique obstacles that are present once a youth separates from care. This year attendees selected from three topic areas: Education, Employment/Job Readiness and Adulting 101.  Each team was comprised of dedicated professionals and Junior League volunteers.

Some of the community partners represented at our 2019 event were Promises2Kids, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Voices for Children, Casey Family Programs, Walden Family Services, Children’s Advocacy Institute, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Youth Services, and the Center for Community Solutions. Just in Time provided a trauma informed care workshop to start the morning and a youth speaker also offered his unique perspective on the issues facing TAY within our three topic areas.  During the final afternoon session each team was given ten minutes to present their “solution” to the entire group, leaving everyone feeling refreshed and inspired to work together to make change for foster youth in our community as our day of creative collaboration came to a close.

JLSD President Emily Lake said “Solutions Summit is the premiere ‘think tank’ for organizations and individuals dedicated to assisting underserved youth, particularly those exiting the foster care system. This year participants came up with highly creative solutions with tons of potential. We are excited to move forward with several of the plans born at the Summit and look forward to the solutions for San Diego’s youth in need that they will generate!”

We look forward to sharing progress updates with you as our resulting Task Forces take up the challenge of putting ideas into action in the months ahead.

The Junior League of San Diego would like to recognize Kind Snacks and Halo Branded Solutions for their generous donations to the event, and our partners Epic Catering and Marina Village Conference Center.

JLSD Community Partner Spotlight: St. Paul’s Senior Services

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St. Paul’s Senior Services offers a solution for nearly every senior at any stage in life. Since 1960, St. Paul’s Senior Services, a nonprofit, non-denominational organization, has been dedicated to serving the physical, spiritual, and social needs of San Diego seniors. With a reputation for excellent care, St. Paul’s Senior Services offers independent and assisted living, a skilled nursing community, respite care, a managed medical program, a senior day care program, child care, and an intergenerational program. Having younger generations interact with seniors is proven to have a beneficial impact on everyone involved.

At St. Paul’s Villa, the assisted living and memory care community in Bankers Hill, members of Junior League San Diego (JLSD) have volunteered to assist senior residents in a variety of arts and crafts projects, from creating Mother’s Day cards to participating in thematic activities surrounding Valentine’s Day and more. Residents look forward to seeing the many smiling faces of the JLSD members and having the opportunity to sit and chat. The interaction between JLSD members and seniors offers a meaningful connection.

Some seniors may choose to, or be unable to, venture out into the community and having regular interacting with vibrant youth who are respectful and engaging improves their social well-being, facilitating happiness in their hearts. Each generation is able to learn from one another, and it is a beautiful thing to witness. Typically, one JLSD member will interact with two or three residents at a time, providing quality moments. Seniors at St. Paul’s Villa assisted living, and memory care look forward to the time they get to spend with the members of JLSD.

 

Jackie Gutierrez

Communications Specialist

St. Paul’s Senior Services

Thank You: JLSD 2018 Gala- A Great Gatsby Affair

Some time has passed since our Great Gatsby Affair on the green of Morgan Run Golf Course and Resort. It’s because of you that we are able to create lasting partnerships to end human trafficking, and continue training programs that help develop successful women to be change agents in our community.

Through your generous donations we are able to support the league and its mission-based community projects to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego though programs like Band of Brothers and Solutions Summit.

You are part of our success story and we thank you.

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This year’s recipient of our Spirit of Community Award was Poppy Fitch Ed.D.

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The Junior League of San Diego is happy to recognize Poppy Fitch. As a former foster youth, Poppy’s enthusiasm for educational equity and leadership development is informed by her life experiences. She is fiercely committed to ensuring that youth and adults are free to reach their fullest potential through the transformative power of education.

We would also like to recognize this year’s runner up, Vanessa Arteaga.

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Vanessa Arteaga is a Program Manager at San Diego Youth Services (SDYS). She has 10 years of experience working with youth and families experiencing homelessness. She currently oversees programs which provide a drop in center for transitional aged youth (TAY), an art expressive program aimed at destigmatizing mental illness, short term housing for TAY, and street outreach for runaway and homeless TAY.

Vanessa has been a strong contributor to the Junior League’s Solutions Summit, Brand of Brothers and the “Runaway and Homeless Youth Walk and Rally.”

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We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our amazing vendors, donors, and corporate sponsors who played a role in making this such a successful event.

Our cup is overflowing with gratitude for you and the change you are helping us to make in the community.

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JLSD Community Partner Spotlight: Promises2Kids

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Junior League of San Diego has been a longtime supporter of Promises2Kids and its Guardian Scholars program. In 2001, Promises2Kids launched its Guardian Scholars program to address the dismal educational statistics for foster youth and is proud of its over 85% college graduation rate, compared to the less than 10% nationally.  With the support of the JLSD’s gift of $70,000 in honor of its 70th Anniversary, Promises2Kids established an endowed scholarship for a former foster youth in college who embodies that of the JLSD members themselves, leadership and giving back to the community.  Takeyia, a sophomore at UCSD, is the current recipient.  Not only is she pursuing a career in the STEM field, already becoming a role model for young ladies, but she is also passionate about community service, often giving back in her church community.

Today, Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars begins supporting foster youth in the 9th grade, exposing them to the vast educational and career opportunities available, and annually supports 175 foster youth pursuing higher education whether it be a certificate, community college, or 4-year university education.

Promises2Kids recognizes the need to not only support foster youth in high school and then into higher education, but also the importance of providing support as they transition into life after graduation.   In August 2017, Promises2Kids launched the Women’s Leadership Network, building off the Men’s, in an effort to ensure these foster youth have a network of successful and supportive role models who help them achieve a successful and independent future – something JLSD understands all too well.  A year later, we have had 18 young women, all former foster youth, engage in the program and better prepared for life after school.

Promises2Kids is grateful for the support from the Junior League of San Diego.  Their leadership, volunteerism, and dedication to the San Diego community has been critical in our efforts to create a brighter future for foster children.

Promises2Kids was founded in 1981 and, since then, it has served over 250,000 current and former foster youth, and distributed more than $25 million for critical services and program.  From the moment they come into foster care and through to adulthood, Promises2Kids provides the hope, support, and opportunities these special individuals need to change their lives for the better… now and for years to come.  Our programs include the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Foster Funds, and Guardian Scholars.  These programs assist Promises2Kids in its mission to create a brighter future for foster youth®.

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Stephanie Segal Ortega, MA
Chief Operating Officer
Promises2Kids

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These are the 2018-2019 Guardian Scholars

 

JLSD Gives Back: 2018 Grant Presentations, Part I

In the Fall of 2018, the Junior League of San Diego presented $20,000 to 7 of our Community Partners who helpTransition Aged Foster Youth and other issues that effect our community and mission based programs, such as homelessness and domestic violence.  Our Partners help with everything from getting a leg up, an education, or just a hot meal.

Read below for highlights of Community Council Vice-President, Brandi Cropper presenting the grants to our Community Partners as well as words from our President, Joni Flaherty about what each Community Partner means to the Junior League of San Diego and information on what the funds will be used for.  Don’t forget to check out our Facebook Page for videos of the presentations!

Monarch School, $3,000

The Monarch School has served San Diego for almost 30 years with a mission to provide education to homeless youth for grades K through 12.

This grant was used to purchase school supplies for 6 of the 13 classrooms so the students could start the school year strong!

“The women of the Junior League of San Diego and Monarch have partnered with one another for decades to support Monarch’s efforts of educating San Diego’s homeless youth. We are honored to support Monarch in its mission and value our longstanding relationship in the San Diego community.”  — Joni Flaherty, 2018-2019 JLSD President

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San Diego Youth Services – TAY Academy, $4,000

TAY Academy serves Transition Aged Foster Youth through San Diego Youth Services and provides emergency needs to at risk youth.  Our grant is allocated for “Flex Funds” usage.  Grants and budgets do not allot for fresh food or emergency needs — things that are both so important to the youth that is served.

“TAY Academy was one of our first partners when we adopted transition-age foster youth as our community focus several years ago. We are proud to support TAY Academy and its unparalleled efforts to serve the varied needs of hundreds of current and former foster youth each year.” — Joni Flaherty, 2018-2019 JLSD President

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Brandi and the LCSW at TAY Academy, Gillian.

 

Promises2Kids, $5,000

Promises2Kids provides over 3,000 foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities and guidance they need to overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy and successful adults.

This Grant specifically goes towards the Guardian Scholar Program in order to help two former foster youths through their college career. This program boosts graduation rates ten-fold.  It will be used to send them care packages and help with expenses!

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Brandi presenting to Promises2Kids CEO (and former JLSD member) Tonya Torosian, MSW, CFRE.

“This year, we have the opportunity to fund two Guardian Scholars, a program that supports the higher education or trade school dreams of former foster youth. Promises2Kids is at the forefront of making education accessible for these students, and we are honored to support their efforts.” — Joni Flaherty, JLSD President 2018-2019

Thank You – JLSD Food & Wine Festival 2018!

Thank you so much for attending the 2018 Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival! With your help, we raised more than $100,000 for the League and it’s mission-based community projects! Through your generosity, JLSD will continue to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego through programs such as Brand of Brothers and Solutions Summit, advocate for victims and build partnerships to end human trafficking in our community, and work tirelessly to develop strong and successful women leaders. You are a part of our success and we appreciate you!

Through your generosity, JLSD will continue to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego through programs such as Brand of Brothers and Solutions Summit, advocate for victims and build partnerships to end human trafficking in our community, and work tirelessly to develop strong and successful women leaders. You are a part of our success and we appreciate you!

Thank you also to our amazing vendors, corporate sponsors and media partners who make this occasion the premier JLSD fundraising event of the year!

This year we were fortunate enough to partner with many long-time and new vendors.  We love seeing so many people committed to improving the lives of transition-age foster youth and supporting our women’s based organization!

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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/

 

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.

Solutions Summit 2018: Housing

Studies show at least 20 percent of foster youth experience homelessness as they emancipate from foster care. The Junior League of San Diego’s 4th Annual Solution Summit will bring together more than 40 organizations for discussion and problem-solving focusing on how learning from studies on foster youth homelessness can be applied to help TAY in San Diego.

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In San Diego, there are more than 3400 youths in foster care and an estimated 425 youths age out of the foster care annually and after aging out of foster care at least twenty percent of foster youth experience homelessness.

Several shortfalls have been identified in housing services provided to youth as they emancipate from foster care. Over half of the emancipated foster youth interviewed stated they were unprepared to live on their own at the time of discharge from foster care.

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Preventing homelessness before it occurs is the most cost-effective way to address homelessness. Characteristics of successful programs include flexibility in their design and funding, are youth centered and collaborate across agencies for foster care exit strategies. Youth who have participated in pre-emancipation independent living classes responded positively to the programs and these classes provide important opportunities for socialization.

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.

 

Solutions Summit 2018: An Introduction

The Junior League of San Diego is pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Solution Summit will be held on April 18, 2018. Solutions Summit is a collaborative, working conference for discussion and problem-solving the most pressing challenges facing the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population in San Diego. Click to learn more!

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The event will be held at Coronado Community Center on April 18, 2018.  Attendees from more 40 organizations come together at the event for discussion and problem-solving. Specific focus areas are chosen each year, with past examples including Wellness & Family Planning and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). The 2018 Summit will concentrate on short and long-term solutions for Domestic Violence and Housing.

Guest speakers for the 2018 event include Cassi Cain, President at Break the Silence; Jenna Jones, Housing and Advocacy Services Director at Center for Community Solutions; and Sherry Flores, Community Outreach Coordinator, at the Women’s Resource Center

Roadmaps developed at Solutions Summit will advance throughout the year via coordinated meetings and action items with small community partner groups from the event as well as Junior League TAY Task Forces. After further development and assessment, the TAY Task Forces implement these roadmaps in phases over an appropriate timeline.

One successful solution implemented from a past Solutions Summit is Junior League of San Diego’s Brand of Brothers event, first held in 2017 and scheduled again for March 22, 2018. Brand of Brothers is a large- scale wellness fair and resource event that specifically supports the male TAY population. At the event, young men meet with potential employers, “shop” for suits and interview clothing, receive haircuts and toiletry kits, get legal advice, and enjoy lunch and entertainment in a supportive environment.

The possibilities are endless when community leaders, former TAY, and the Junior League of San Diego gather to collaborate at the Solutions Summit. Please be sure to RSVP for the evening portion of this year’s Solutions Summit to listen to our community partners present their solutions. We’re looking forward to Solutions Summit 2018 and the inspired ideas and results that are sure to follow.

AJLI Organizational Development Institute – Grapevine, TX

Angela Venuti, a second year active and current Impact Chair, attended the Fall 2017 Organizational Development Institute (ODI) conference in Grapevine, TX. Hosted by AJLI, ODIs are a leadership development meeting that provides Junior League members with mission-based training in key areas (Membership, Community, Fund Development, Internal Capacity, and Marketing) critical to the healthy functioning of a League. We asked Angela a few questions about her experience on the Community track!

What inspired you to apply to attend ODI?

I was really drawn to the idea of getting together with so many other women from different leagues. Most of the time I am focused on what we do at JLSD, however Leagues internationally and nationally have adapted wonderful strategies and ideas. I was excited to meet those women and learn from them, in addition to sharing what we do here in San Diego.

Did you meet women from other leagues and what are some of the places they were from?

So many! From Calgary to Wilmington, Santa Barbara to Waco, Junior League women are incredible. In addition to the other league members, meeting some of the AJLI staff was a treat- both working with them in the track sessions and at the networking events!

What were your biggest takeaways from your experience?

The women in Junior League are some of the most accomplished, successful people I’ve gotten to meet. But they don’t stop there; women across the many leagues are working hard to continue making their communities a better place. Utilizing an issue-based approach and a member-centric strategy, JLSD can continue making San Diego even better with our work among TAY and anti-human trafficking.

What did you enjoy the most about going to ODI?

Meeting the different attendees and hearing about how their work in the community is going. Each league is in a different place with their focus area, and making a difference with their target population.

How does what you learned and experienced at ODI apply to what we do here at JLSD?

I’ve actually already started! On the Impact committee, it was important for me to take a step back mid-year and look at how much we do. How can we be more member-centric and focused on the shifts we offer members? Looking forward to continuing this conversation with members for the second half of the year!

Would you recommend others attend ODI?

Absolutely! This really is such a life-changing experience. While most of us integrate Junior League work into our lives here and there, having time dedicated to reflecting on what we are accomplishing was very special. Especially if you are a leader or interested in being a leader, hearing how other leagues operate is inspiring.

Anything else you would like to share about ODI and your experience?

I walked away from my time in Grapevine so excited to hit the ground running at JLSD. I think reflecting on your work is important, along with opening doors for the opportunity to collaborate! Thank you for this amazing experience!

To apply for ODI for the 2018-2019 year, keep an eye out for the application in late Summer 2018. Applications for all ODIs that year are due at the same time. ODIs occur three times a year in various cities around the country. For questions, please contact Nominating at nominating@jlsd.org.

 

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!

JLSD Provisionals: 118 Women & One Shared Commitment

 

Members join the Junior League of San Diego for many different reasons: volunteering, training, leadership, friendship and a desire to make our community a better place. Whatever our personal reasons are that lead us to the League, we all have one collective goal – to bring awareness to Transition Age Foster Youth (TAY) and Human Trafficking. During an October meeting the Provisional Training Committee had the honor of introducing our members to Abdi Yusuf.

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Abdi shared his moving life story about what it’s like being a foster youth in San Diego and provided an eye-opening message about what happens when one transitions out of the system. Bringing success stories like Abdi’s to the provisional women sop early in their training helps build a strong foundation and deeper understanding of why we do what we do in the Junior League of San Diego.

What a year it’s been so far! Between fall training session, monthly socials, and getting the women started on the planning process for their Fund Development events, the Provisional team is staying very busy. Monthly training events are designed to expose the women to different areas of the Junior League with the goal that as they enter their first active year in the League, they will feel well prepared, equipped and encouraged to hit the ground running to make a difference in our community.

One of the most exciting parts of the provisional experience is planning and executing a Fund Development event. All of the funds raised, across five different events, in support of our mission-based programming efforts. The women have formed sub-committees, narrowed down themes, and have begun reaching out to partner with local venues. It’s remarkable to see these women so excited and active in their work and beginning to lay out every detail they will need for these events to come to life. We’re so excited to see what they come up with and we hope you’ll join us at an upcoming Provisional event. Stay tuned for details in early 2018.

 

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 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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