The Junior League of Los Angeles provides volunteers and funding to local non-profit agencies for the benefit and enrichment of the Los Angeles community and the development and education of JLLA volunteers. Nearly 600 league volunteers contribute more than 60,000 hours of volunteer work each year to the League’s projects and programs. In addition to the volunteer service that League members contribute to our community, the JLLA has provided millions of dollars over the years to fund programs and agencies that improve the overall well-being of our community. Find out more about the JLLA’s full-time projects by clicking below:
FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE – ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
Alliance for Children’s Rights is a non-profit legal services and advocacy organization that works to protect the rights of impoverished, abused, and neglected children in LA County. JLLA’s “Fostering Independence” program serves young women ages 14-21 that are currently in or were once in foster care. The program provides life skills classes for youth transitioning out of care.
BUILDING LITERACY ONE FAMILY AT A TIME – CHILDREN’S BUREAU
Children’s Bureau impacts the lives of at-risk children by providing state-of-the-art child abuse prevention and treatment services. JLLA’s “Building Literacy One Family at a Time” program provides an educational values-based curriculum, including reading and hands-on activities for children and their families, targeting improved child literacy rates among 5-8 year olds and increased reading confidence.
FOSTERING THE FUTURE – UNITED FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN
United Friends of the Children is a non-profit dedicated to the premise that foster youth deserve a successful adulthood. Through their Housing and Education programs, foster youth are provided the opportunity to graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, get a job, find housing, and have a support system that moves them gradually towards independence. JLLA’s United Friends of the Children project builds self-esteem and empowers high school aged foster youth to successfully transition out of the foster care system, while concurrently seeking higher education. Monthly, JLLA members facilitate workshops on topics like career development, self-advocacy, stress management, and financial literacy.
GRATITUDE IS THE ATTITUDE – MAR VISTA FAMILY CENTER
Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) provides low-income families with quality preschool education, youth enrichment and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and in their communities. The “Gratitude is the Attitude” arts education program is directed towards pre-teen youths, aged 9-12 and is comprised of creative and/or performing arts workshops. The curriculum instills the importance of giving back to their community by establishing the project that will be done each week and who the recipient of each gift will be. The youth take such pride in giving back to their community in every way possible.
Happy Trails for Kids is a new project for 2019-20. Happy Trails provides children ages 7-18 with enriching outdoor adventures, invaluable mentorships, and opportunities to develop leadership skills and prepare for life after foster care. The programs are centered on fostering continuity and a sense of belonging for children to combat the challenges of foster care. The first year of JLLA’s incubated project will include 2 daylong hiking/outdoor events for 40-60 foster youth. The events will be targeted to the older foster youth in the Trails for Success initiative, with scaled-down activities for the younger foster youth who also attend. Events will be spaced evenly throughout the JLLA year. In between events, committee members will meet with each other to plan activities and curriculum for events.
SCHOOL ON WHEELS
School on Wheels Committee is a new project for 2019-20. School on Wheels is the only nonprofit in Southern California dedicated exclusively to improving educational opportunities for homeless students in grades K-12. In its first year, JLLA’s incubated project will be an education-based program at 1-2 group homes, each with six homeless girls ages 13-18. JLLA will revitalize School on Wheels’ “Believe, Understand, and Succeed” (BUS) program. The BUS Program is a mentoring and academic program meant to ensure student success both in and after high school. It is designed to be used by the tutors to foster current and future higher education success and guidance with education/career services. The existing version of the program is only available online; JLLA’s project will be an expansion of this to a live format.