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Dear Friends,
 
Welcome to the Junior League of Boston’s Connections. We want to keep
you connected to the people and programs our members impact every day.
 
In this issue you will learn how we give women the tools and experience to make a difference in our community. Certain environments are more likely to produce excellence or dedication or collaboration. By joining together and learning from each other, members of the Junior League of Boston achieve more than they could on their own and have a better time doing it.
 
We create opportunities that allow women to grow as leaders. Our members lead programs that nurture the excitement of volunteering and help women find real solutions to real problems. In doing so, they
also find the kind of friendship that emerges only when people are working together on something they think is very important.
 
This year we have expanded the types of opportunities we offer. One new initiative offers seed money to groups of members who work together to identify an immediate need in a community and a way to
solve it. With our new grant program we are asking other community groups how we can help them with unmet needs. Our training program is expanding to offer sessions on volunteer management, community impact and personal leadership development to women outside our organization.
 
We hope the stories we share will inspire you to support our efforts and let others know what the Junior League of Boston is doing for Boston. Let us know what you think.
 
Sincerely,


Audra Dainora
President 2014-2015
Welcome Home!  JL Boston Moves Back to its Historic HQ at 117 Newbury Street

This year we are proud to debut our newly renovated Headquarters, located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. We spent many months in dust and plaster and have emerged with a beautiful space we are blessed to call home. We are delighted to share this space not just with members, but with the greater Boston community that we serve.
 
Our newly renovated headquarters is apropos for us in many ways as it signals a re-awakening and a fresh start. We are proud to carry forth our more than 100-year legacy with an eye to the next generation of members. We are 1,000 members strong and occupy every conceivable professional field. This year more than ever, we’d like to re-introduce ourselves to those who may not be familiar with who we are and the work we do. It’s a challenge we gladly accept as we are a member-driven organization who cares deeply about diversity amongst ourselves and the communities we serve.  
This Issue's Spotlight:
Kids in the Kitchen

In each issue, we’ll spotlight a volunteer project that inspires us. Kids in the Kitchen was developed by the Junior League to encourage healthy nutrition among young girls with the goal of promoting physical and emotional wellness. Our volunteers teach a physical wellness curriculum developed in consultation with adolescent nutrition, education, and physical fitness experts. We extend this curriculum to the young girls in our program without judgment in a manner that supports girls’ self-esteem and pride in their diverse cultural backgrounds. Our passion for empowering young girls towards nutritional wellness stems in part from a deep sense of urgency. All around us in Boston young girls in underserved communities are facing a daily battle of both emotional and physical well-being. When obesity is a factor, these challenges are compounded.
 
The statistics are startling:
  • 1 out of every 3 kids in the U.S. is overweight or obese.
  • 70% of girls believe they are not "good enough"
  • Less than 80% of Massachusetts high school students attend physical education classes on a daily basis
  • 11% of Massachusetts high school students are obese
  • Only 2% of children eat a diet consistent with federal nutrition recommendations
  • An estimated 22% of families are "food insecure" (refers to a situation where there is no access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for an active and healthy lifestyle)
  • Overweight and obese children are more likely to:
    • Be depressed
    • Report low self-esteem
    • Have poor social skills
    • Perceive themselves as "below average" students
    • Be twice as likely to attempt suicide
Our Kids in the Kitchen volunteers continue to be inspired by the young girls they mentor and when the girls utilize the tools provided them, it’s incredibly rewarding not just for our committed volunteers, but also for the girls and their families.


“It is amazing to hear the girls tell us stories about how they have taken the recipes that we have taught them home and made them with their families.” –Chevon Johnson, JL Boston Volunteer with Kids in the Kitchen, BRCS

Join JL Boston at our Prospective Member Open Houses:
April 12, May 7 and May 11


2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us, our community partners and those who support us. As a league of professional women we know first-hand how communities are transformed when women empower themselves as leaders and we remain deeply committed to the communities we serve.
 
As a member of the Junior League of Boston, you have the opportunity to be a catalyst for change in the Greater Boston community! Through our service initiatives and partnerships with the other community organizations, our members have a direct impact in the local community. We also influence change globally, as a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Being a Junior League of Boston member has many privileges including extensive volunteer training, professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to build lifelong friendships while meeting other professional women.
 
Applications for our new member class are open April 1-June 1. Learn more about our organization and meet current members at any of our Prospective Member Open Houses.
Get Ready for "Ritz, Glitz & Giving" 
The JL Boston Charity Gala Returns


The Junior League of Boston will host its annual Charity Gala -- Ritz, Glitz and Giving Charity Gala -- one of Boston’s premier spring fundraising galas, on March 21 at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. Proceeds from the night of dinner and dancing support JL Boston’s work promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League’s more than 900 volunteers have served the Greater Boston community for more than 100 years through numerous direct service projects that address childhood obesity, empower girls to find their voice, and improve overall wellness of children, especially girls ages 8-13 in low-income or underserved communities.

Last year, the League raised over $64,000.00 at the Great Gatsby Ball through sponsorships and a silent auction. This year's silent auction will feature luxury items surely to tempt all of the Gala's guests. A two-night stay at Canyon Ranch plus spa treatments, a David Yurman bracelet, an autographed baseball from Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, a one-night stay at The Ocean House on Watch Hill beach, and a Tory Burch Robinson double-zip tote are all up for grabs.

If you have any questions, please contact jlbball2015@gmail.com for more information.  Don't miss your chance to take part in this special event.

“Our heartfelt appreciation goes to Agero and Gulf Electricity and our other sponsors, as well as to all the Gala attendees. Their kind generosity will do so much to fund JL Boston's community and training programs over the next year," said Audra Dainora, President of the Junior League of Boston“The Junior League of Boston does an exceptional job in developing women to take on leadership roles in our community and we are grateful to our partners who make it possible.”




TICKET INFORMATION
Option 1: VIP Cocktail Reception + Seated Dinner + Dancing

The VIP cocktail reception begins at 6:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, followed by a special seated dinner at 7:00 pm. Visit with friends and scope out auction items well before the dancing begins later in the evening. Single tickets are $250, $2500 for a table of ten.

Option 2: Dancing Only 

Gather at the Ritz-Carlton for Dancing and Cocktails at 8:30 pm. This ticket option is similar to last year's event where guests enjoy cocktails and a live band. Single tickets are $150 per person.


 
 
Junior League of Boston, Inc.
117 Newbury Street  |  Boston, MA 02116
www.jlboston.org  |  info@jlboston.org

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