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.

A Message From 2018-2019 JLSD Executive Vice President

JL-42 SHAUNAOn behalf of the 2018-2019 Junior League of San Diego Executive Management Team (EMT), thank you for joining us for our 90th league year!

Our league is fortunate to have dedicated members who are passionate about the Junior League of San Diego and the San Diego community.  You selflessly contribute countless volunteer hours to help us accomplish all our important league activities and initiatives. Your efforts are vital as we continually work towards succeeding in our mission, as well as make progress as we enter year 2 of our Strategic Plan.  

I am motivated to serve by JLSD’s new vision statement that encompasses all that we want to you to gain from your involvement in our organization: Through dynamic training and meaningful connections, the Junior League of San Diego empowers women to be effective agents of change in their lives and in those of others. We are privileged to be part of an organization that provides unique experiences to grow as women and as leaders.  We have opportunities to learn about and become entrenched in our community; we can get to know each other and expand our network, as well as learn invaluable skills to help us succeed in our personal and professional lives…all while having fun!  I encourage you to take advantage of all that your Junior League membership has to offer.

Our EMT team is excitedly planning this momentous time; look for our 90th anniversary theme and ways to celebrate throughout the year.

We couldn’t do what we do for our league and for the San Diego community without YOU!  JLSD accomplishes so much in the community, and for our league members – remember to celebrate your successes and enjoy your time while you are accomplishing this important work.

I am looking forward to spending time getting to know you, our league members and our community partners, as we work together accomplishing our mission.  

Wishing you a wonderful league year ahead!  

Shauna Sliwkanich

Executive Vice President

2018-2019

A Message from the 2018-2019 JLSD President

JoniFlaherty Welcome to the Junior League of San Diego!

The Junior League of San Diego is an organization of women united by our interest in building better communities and cultivating the next generation of women as community and civic leaders. Our mission is simple: we promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We offer unique opportunities for personal growth through comprehensive leadership development and training, community service, and lifelong connections. By welcoming all women, our organization thrives through its members’ diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

In 2018-2019, we have the special privilege of celebrating the Junior League’s 90th year in San Diego. Over the past 90 years, the Junior League of San Diego has had a lasting and positive impact on our community. We are on the forefront of key initiatives and advocacy efforts to improve the well-being of women, children, and families in San Diego. JLSD projects and members have been pivotal to the founding of several remarkable programs in San Diego, including the Polinsky Center, Voices for Children, and LEAD San Diego. Our nearly 1,200 members dedicate tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year, in addition to being pillars of strength and charity in their homes, workplaces, neighborhoods, and broader communities.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this special milestone year. We have big plans in store for this year ahead.

Since 1981, the Junior League of San Diego has called 210 Maple Street its home. Our historic headquarters in Bankers Hill is No. 156 on the city’s list of historical landmarks and was built in 1916. It was designed by Louis Gill of Gill & Gill to be the family home of Rachel Granger Wegeforth, a community leader, philanthropist, and founder of the Silvergate Riding Club, and her husband, Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth, founder of the San Diego Zoo. In 1940, it was sold to Adele Palmer, another noteworthy philanthropist, then JLSD purchased the property in 1982. For more than 35 years, thousands of Junior League members have roamed the halls of 210 Maple, which serves as the League’s hub for its groundbreaking training programs and community work. In 2019, during this 90th League year, we will break ground on a momentous restoration of our beloved headquarters. We hope you will learn more about our capital campaign and restoration efforts. Please join us in our efforts to preserve this historic property, which will be restored to better serve our members and community.

In the year ahead, the Junior League and our members have big plans to serve our community. We will continue our mentorship program, where our members are paired with a foster youth transitioning into independent life. We will develop and execute the “solutions” developed from our now-biennial Solutions Summit conference, where community leaders, policymakers, and volunteers come together to problem-solve distinct challenges. We will continue our advocacy efforts to combat human trafficking and other issues affecting women and children, and in 2019 will host the 17 California Junior Leagues comprising the State Public Affairs Committee. We will expand our tremendously successful training programs – Board Academy, Public Policy Institute, and a new Leadership Development Series – and offer more opportunities for community members to participate in these innovative trainings. And we will continue to partner with worthwhile organizations and offer them the time and experience of our trained volunteers.

Please join me in supporting the Junior League of San Diego, its members, and our community. Whether you choose to make a donation, sponsor our projects and programs, become a community partner, or join our membership, your support of our mission will ensure that we continue to deepen our impact and transform our volunteers into civic leaders.

We hope to share with you our history of 90 years of community service and together look forward to our next 90 years.

In community spirit,

Joni Flaherty, Esq.

2018-2019 President

president@jlsd.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.