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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Brandi presenting the grant on the first day of school at Monarch.

 

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

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 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 Volunteers of the Month

JLSD Volunteers of the Month

Sheridan Mulphurs and Julie Montgomery have spearheaded the new “Active Member” Mentor Program within Junior League of San Diego (JLSD).

After spending countless hours researching other League’s programs, they created a detailed program designed for JLSD to further support and engage first through third year new actives.   These two ladies have been instrumental to the Training Council and the League!  Thank you!

JLSD Volunteer of the Month

Junior League of San Diego is excited to announce that Elise Fornaca has been selected as our Volunteer of the month.

Ms. Fornaca has been such an invaluable member of the Food & Wine committee, serving both on the marketing subcommittee and now the procurement committee.  She’s gone above-and-beyond when it comes to identifying diversified revenue opportunities and has been a pleasure to have on the committee.

Congratulations, Elise!

Community Partner Spotlight: Voices for Children

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JLSD is a proud partner of Voices for Children.  They believe every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of foster children.

Voices for Children’s 1,500 CASA volunteers come from every ethnicity, background, income level, age, and profession. They pass several levels of screenings and interviews, and pass our rigorous training program of 35+ hours. Being a CASA is an extraordinary responsibility, not something suited to everyone. And those who do qualify are the elite and the best; one child described them as “big brothers with super powers.” CASAs who reported their time last year have donated approximately 64,000 hours. According to Independent Sector, the leadership network for America’s charitable and philanthropic sector, this contributed time could be valued at nearly $1.7 million.

Their volunteers perform miracles, often changing lives and bringing joy to their case children, yet also face anger, rejection, and mistrust from children who have been betrayed by adults. The stakes are very high for these children, yet studies show that CASA volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of their children.

Learn more about this incredible community partner here.