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!

Junior League San Diego joins “The Little Black Dress Initiative”

Today marks the first day the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) joins The Little Black Dress Initiative (#TheLBDI) – a global mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.”

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When we consider the symptoms of poverty – homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity and limited education – foster youth are disproportionately affected.  

The Junior League of San Diego has a long-standing tradition supporting foster youth.  Therefore, throughout this #TheLBDI week, February 6-10, 2017, our Junior League of San Diego members will wear one black dress for five days to spark a conversation about foster youth and how everyone can help break their cycle of poverty.

The Junior League of San Diego invites YOU to join the cause.  Lend your voice to our mission to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.”  When you see see your JLSD friend, neighbor, or colleague supporting The Little Black Dress Initiative this week, consider:

  • sharing your own experience with poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing your efforts to help others overcome poverty, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing the name of a local organization working effectively to eliminate poverty in our community, #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD
  • sharing your support of the Junior League of San Diego member’s commitment to “Making Poverty Unfashionable,” by donating to the Annual Fund. #TheLBDI #JLSDDoesLBD

Poverty is real in our community.  Join us this week by sharing your #TheLBDI #WhyIJLSD #JLSDDoesLBD story.  Together, we can become a stronger voice as JLSD works to advocate for those less fortunate.  

 

 

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.