September Hill Wins 2011 Rising Star Award

The Junior League of Los Angeles’ September Hill Wins 2011 Rising Star Award from The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Co-founder of the JLLA’s Public Policy Institute recognized for enthusiasm, dedication and outstanding potential

New York, NY, May 15, 2011 – The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. today announced that September Hill, co-creator of the Junior League of Los Angeles’ (JLLA) Public Policy Institute, has received the 2011 Rising Star award for her outstanding advocacy across a broad range of issues, including women’s mental health, diversity, and education. As a result of her efforts, JLLA has inspired Leagues in other cities to establish their own public policy institutes and has graduated more than two dozen women, many of whom have started careers in public policy.

“With her unbounded energy and singular dedication, September has demonstrated a tremendous potential for community leadership that should benefit JLLA for years to come,” said Delly Beekman, AJLI President. “She has been at the core of a number of the League’s most impactful initiatives, and in just three years of active membership has already set the bar very high.”

The award was made at AJLI’s 89th annual convention in Philadelphia on May 14 as delegates from 293 individual Junior Leagues from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the UK came together to celebrate the organization’s diversity, renewal and community impact.

Inspired by success of the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee’s (CAL SPAC) perinatal depression awareness campaign, Ms. Hill enlisted a graphic designer and spearheaded a branding campaign that resulted in an attention-catching “Speak Up When You’re Down” logo and slogan, as well as information cards detailing signs and symptoms. Leveraging her social media connections, she was able to garner coverage for the initiative in a number of major media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.

She also laid the foundation for the JLLA’s Appointments to Boards and Commissions Institute by securing seed funding and support from JLLA members. Thanks to her efforts, this new initiative, which is designed to encourage League members to pursue appointments on California’s many public boards and commissions has trained two dozen women and gained resounding support from JLLA’s membership.

About The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer, Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, creating demonstrable community impact.   Today, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) is comprised of more than 155,000 women in 293 Junior Leagues throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, they constitute one of the largest, most effective volunteer organizations in the world.

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