First Annual Brand of Brothers Event

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Did you know that 52% of California’s male inmates have been in the foster system? Unfortunately, this is no coincidence. At age 18, foster youth are exited from the foster system, often with little to no monetary or familial support. Sadly, many resort to illegal measures in order to survive. Fortunately, in San Diego there are organizations who are teaching these young men to self-advocate and be successful, contributing members to our city.

In order to strengthen these efforts, The Junior League of San Diego, along with community partners, have developed the Brand of Brothers resource event where young men will “shop” for suits and interview clothing, receive haircuts, get legal advice, and enjoy a supportive and encouraging environment.

The Making of Brand of Brothers

During a previous JLSD Solutions Summit, a Community Partner Vina Sandal, a social worker at San Diego County Health and Human Services, brought forth the idea that JLSD should collaboratively host a wellness event geared towards transition aged youth (TAY) males. Until now, there has not been a male-only wellness event for transition aged youth. The event encompasses nearly all of the TAY Task Force concepts, which are the outcomes and road maps created at Solutions Summit. These include men’s mental health, legal aid, health services, career preparedness, family planning, and financial literacy.

As soon as JLSD took the lead on accepting the opportunity to host Brand of Brothers, Vanessa Arteaga, mental health provider and Director at TAY Academy and Dairrick Hodges, social worker at The SOULcial Worker and Director at Urban Beats jumped on board.

Suit Up for Success

On February 23rd from 2:00-5:30 PM, JLSD will host the very first Brand of Brothers at The Waterfront Park. One hundred fifty male transition aged youth will come together to be outfitted and styled with free business attire, receive haircuts, lunch, entertainment by Gill Soto, health and wellness tips, family planning information, and legal resources.

 

 

Community Partner Spotlight: Home Start’s Maternity Shelter Program

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JLSD is a proud partner of Home Start’s Maternity Shelter Program (MSP).  This program provides safe, secure and supportive housing with intensive case management services for pregnant and parenting young women who are between 18 and 24 years old, and their dependent children. MSP assists these young women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, develop the skills necessary to live independently while providing a safe and stable home for themselves and their children.

Founded in 2009, as part of a pilot program funded by The United Way, this unique program was created as a response to the growing demand for housing for young mothers who were homeless.  Although called a shelter, this program does not provide emergency housing. Instead they take a comprehensive approach toward bolstering these mother’s parenting and self-sufficiency skills so they can parent safely and independently after living in their program for 18-24 months. JLSD and the Impact Committee provide dinner to the 20 residents, five times a year, in a family style setting.

Learn more about The Maternity Shelter Program here.

JLSD Board Academy: Starting Soon

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The JLSD Board Academy is an 8 session engaging and dynamic program that trains current and future community members on how to become effective leaders of a nonprofit Board of Directors.

Interactive training will be provided by local non-profit experts on the following topics:

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Measuring impact
  • Monitoring financial status
  • Understanding your role in public policy
  • Learning how to engage the community as a Board member

Members will graduate from the Board Academy series with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become an active and productive Board member.

The first of eight training opportunities will be Monday, 6 February. Click here to sign up today.

JLSD Board Academy 2017 training dates are: February 6th, 15th and 27th; March 13th and 27th; April 10th and 24th; and May 1st. Each session is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at 210 Maple, with a social and dinner beginning at 6pm.  A certificate of completion will be issued to those who attend 6 of the 8 trainings.

Community Partner Spotlight: Take Wing Transitional Living Program

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Take Wing Transitional Living Program (TLP) is an apartment complex located in the Sports Arena/Point Loma area of San Diego that offers transitional housing for homeless youth, including parenting youth, throughout the County for up to 18 cumulative months. The program provides 33 semi-furnished 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. Program goals and objectives focus on each youth’s transition to self-sufficiency and successful investment in a sense of community.

Take Wing offers transitional housing and supportive services under 2 categories:

  • TYH- The first category serves youth, 18-24, who “aged out” of foster care and who were in foster care in San Diego on or after their 16th birthday and are currently at risk for homelessness. Youth are allowed up to 24 cumulative months of service between the ages of 18-24 (no longer eligible once a youth turns 24 years old).
  • Community Youth/TLP- The second category serves youth in the community, ages 16-21 (16 and 17 year olds must be legally emancipated), who are homeless. Youth are allowed up to 18 months of service between the ages of 16-21 (no longer eligible once a youth turns 22 years old).

JLSD has helped furnish apartments, provided Thanksgiving dinners and organized cooking and art classes for the Take Wing residents. For more information on Take Wing, download their brochure here or visit their website.

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

Community Partner Spotlight: Cal State San Marcos ACE Scholars

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Did you know that Cal State University San Marcos serves more former foster youth per capita than any other university in the nation?  In doing so, they provide innovative, top-tier programs like ACE Scholars Services to support former foster youth at a time when they need it most.

JLSD is a proud partner of Cal State University San Marcos ACE Scholars. Their primary objective is to meet the unique needs of students who are former foster youth through services and support systems that will improve their rates of matriculation, graduation, and career success.  Leaders from the ACE Scholars program support JLSD’s Solution Summit and ongoing efforts to standardize education for TAY at the university level.  Click here to learn more about CSUSM ACE Scholars.

Saturday, Dec 3rd: 9th Annual JLSD Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash

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The Junior League will host our 9th annual Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash charity auction of the areas most eligible bachelors this Saturday, December 3rd, at Fluxx Nightclub in the Gaslamp District starting at 5pm.

The lively evening includes bachelors ranging in age from 25 to 38, with professions as varied as engineers, physicians, entrepreneurs, and fighter pilots. The evening will kick-off with drinks and appetizers, and the opportunity to view all 20 date packages, which include a wide number of activities from a romantic dinner at the Catamaran Oceana restaurant, to a la Jolla kayak tour, to a private tennis lesson at the Del Mar Tennis Winners Club.  Both single and group date packages are available.

Nathan Fast from San Diego’s hit music station 93.3 and Shelly Wade from IHeartMEDIA’s KMYI San Diego and  Star 94.1 FM will be co-Master’s of Ceremonies, proudly supporting  JLSD and our community partners working with transition-age foster youth.

“For nine years, Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash has been a must-attend event of the holiday season and we are proud to use all the funds raised in the auction to support the Junior League’s mission to train women leaders and improve the San Diego community through our work with transition age foster youth,” said Rachel Scatizzi, Junior League of San Diego President.

Tickets are available online at JLSD.org for $30 per person, or $350 for a VIP table which provides premium seating for up to 5 people, and includes a bottle of champagne and 5 VIP bags. This event is 21 and up, a valid ID will be required to enter FLUXX.

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