February Volunteers of the Month

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Angela Venuti, Fund Development Marketing Chair, Marketing Council

Angela is the wonderful JLSD volunteer responsible for securing the great media coverage for Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash. She is the communication glue between Marketing and Fund Development for all of our events and keeps everything on track.  Our fundraising efforts would not be as successful without you and we can’t wait to see the coverage for Food and Wine in May.  We know you’ll knock it out of the park! Way to go Angela!

Brand of Brothers Event Huge Success

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On February 23rd the Junior League of San Diego hosted the very first Brand of Brothers at The Waterfront Park for TAY Men in our community:

· Over 70 young TAY men attended the event
· They were entertained by  Gill SOTU
· They were inspired by Dairrick Hodges
· They got pampered with free haircuts and hygiene kit backpacks
· They got professional and casual clothing
· They received services and counseling in career, mental health, sex/family planning, housing

The event was a big success and we couldn’t have done it without our community partners: Think DignityUrban Street AngelsSea World San DiegoSan Diego Urban Beats, SDYS Outreach, Scissorhandz Barbershop – Inside Famart, Project Aware, County of San Diego Parks and Recreation, Barrios Tacos, Churros “El Tigre”Transit San Diego

 

 

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.

February Volunteers of the Month

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Cassie Muntz, Food and Wine Festival Committee, Fund Development Council

Cassie has returned to the Food & Wine Logistics Committee and has brought back her great experience and knowledge to the team. She has been extremely helpful in helping to secure all the Food & Wine contracts and has even secured a $1,500 sponsor. Cassie is a wonderful member of the Food & Wine committee and we are lucky to have her.  Can’t wait to see the fruits of her labor in May!

February Volunteers of the Month

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Kate Scro, Membership Connections Committee, Membership Council

Above and beyond doesn’t do justice to this Membership Connections member. She organizes fantastic event after fantastic event and just when you think everything’s been done, she comes up with more. Just an example of some of her events: Floating Yogis, Succulent Wreath-Making, Mermaid Fitness at the Del, Rock Climbing at Vertical Hold, Cycling at Pure…This member is A TREASURE to the Membership Connections committee and all of JLSD.

February Volunteers of the Month

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Ali Head, Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash Chair, Fund Development Council

Who can you call when you need to find 15 eligible bachelors that can get the job done? Thank you Ali for working tirelessly on Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash ensuring that it was a huge success. She went above and beyond and lead her committee every step of the way.   Your efforts are recognized and appreciated!