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.
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.
On behalf of the 2017-2018 Junior League of San Diego Executive Management Team, I welcome you to our 89th League year. For over a year, your Management Team has been hard at work brainstorming and planning ways to improve your membership experience. We are only a few months into this League year and we’ve already welcomed 118 new provisional members, held two General Membership Meetings with record-breaking attendance, started work with our new public relations consultants, Mixte, sold out the 69th annual Day at the Races, and offered countless (and popular) volunteer shifts and member connections events including a new opportunity, Day at City Hall.
I can’t wait to share what we have in store for you over the next 9 months. Be on the lookout for more small group neighborhood meetings, an Impact Forum focusing on Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women, a Board Academy with a new opportunity to network with local community partners, the Public Policy Institute, the Women’s Minds Women’s Bodies training symposium, our 89th Charter Day celebration, and our 18th annual Food & Wine Festival.
I encourage each one of you to get involved, work together, be connected, be thirsty for knowledge, share your expertise, and be a change maker as all the women before us have. We, The Junior League of San Diego, are very powerful when we work together and continue to move us into the future. I look forward to celebrating all of our accomplishments together.
Jennifer Glaser, Executive Vice President, Junior League of San Diego
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.
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:
- Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
- Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
- 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.
Speaker: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf
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.
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.
Start your new year off right, focusing on self-development!
The Junior League of San Diego is hosting a Mindful Leadership Symposium this Sunday at University of San Diego. Learn what Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley have all incorporated into their top leadership programs. Mindfulness has been shown to improve stress management, objectivity, compassion, and decision making. Develop self empowerment skills to transform any situation into one of centered, mindful resilience.
- 8:30 -9:00am Registration and Coffee
- 9:00 – 9:05am Welcome and Opening remarks
- 9:05 – 9:30am The Role of Meditation in Mind-Body Connection with Swami Satya Brahmananda, MS
- 9:30 – 10:45am Leading from the Inside-Out with Mindfulness with Christy Cassisa, JD
- 11:00- 12:30pm Authentic Leadership, a Strengths-based Approach with Shannon Jordan, MA
- 12:30 -1:30pm Lunch with a special live musical concert with John St. Clair
- 1:30 – 2:50pm The Power of Intent, for the Compassionate Leader with Dr Stefano Olmeti, PhD
- 3:00 – 4:30pm Keynote- Conscious Leadership: Leading Well from within a Neuroscience and Mindfulness-based Framework with Daniel Friedland, MD
Join us for a fun, transformative event on mindfulness and leadership. Reduce stress, increase self awareness, and improve relationships. Click here for ticket sales information. A group discount is also available.
More than 300,000 girls between the ages of 11 and 17 are lured into the US sex industry annually according to the US Department of Justice.
In San Diego, thousands of young girls are transported into our area from across the border, via our airport and also in events that bring large crowds to our city.
Join the Junior League of San Diego for an informative evening at the 2016 Impact Forum on Human Trafficking: Advocacy to Action on November 17th, 6 – 9 pm, at The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club on the UC San Diego campus. Sign up at bit.ly/impactforum2016.