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Dear JL Boston Community and Friends,

We are grateful for the connections we make with the community. Together, we are catalysts for lasting community change. In Junior League of Boston’s Strategic Plan to grow 30%, impact 30% more, and give 30% more, we are happy to say that our new member class is the largest it has been in years. This enables us to further support our vision that every girl has the skills and confidence to thrive at life

Our STEM program, engaging middle school age girls in science, technology, engineering, and math, is off to a strong start. Girls exercised hands-on problem solving skills through simulations, and learned about opportunities through tours of various tech facilities and career speakers.
 
To bring awareness to homelessness in Boston, JL Boston collaborated with ArtLifting to display artwork in our Newbury Street HQ by local women artists affected by homelessness. We hosted a Luncheon with artist, Kitty Zen, who shared her story and inspiration through appreciating Boston through various perspectives.  

The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force kicked off with strong representation across our organization.  Sub committees focusing on Leadership/ Membership, Community, and Trainings are underway, developing strategies and key performance indicators to bring our Diversity and Inclusion Commitment to life. 

JL Boston continues long standing programs: Leader Within, JL Boston Arts, Kids in the Kitchen, Learning Circles, Run Club, and Amiga Mentoring Program.  When we asked the girls what they gained from the grocery program in JL Boston Arts, 75% of the girls answered either that they discovered new foods or that they learned to cook healthy meals.  When girls in our programs were asked “how comfortable do you feel sharing your opinion about something?” On average the girls scored 3.8 out of 4, after our program.
 
JL Boston offered numerous trainings this Fall, including Positively engaging with adolescent girls, Working Together to End Trafficking, Personal Branding, Leadership, and Salary Negotiation. We ask for your support to continue serving the Boston community through our girl mentoring program, developing Boston women leaders and promoting voluntarism. Please join me in giving: https://www.jlboston.org/individual-donors/

With gratitude,
Pamela Lynch
JL Boston President 2016-2017

 

STEM – ENGINEERING A BRIGHTER TOMORROW

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy. Between 2014 and 2024, the demand for STEM jobs will increase 17 percent, as compared to 12 percent for non-STEM jobs. However, educating our youth in the STEM fields is facing many obstacles. The new JL Boston STEM program, launched in fall 2016 and serving girls in Dorchester and East Boston, aims to create an environment where girls are encouraged to expand their interest and ability in STEM through fun and educational activities, as well as to foster excitement for girls to pursue STEM as a career path. 

Learn more about JL Boston's STEM Program

110 YEARS OF IMPACT, 110 YEARS OF GIVING

Over the last 110 years, the Junior League of Boston has been a strong supporter of the needs of the greater Boston Metro community, from making clothing and supplies for Union soldiers to developing projects such as the Good Grief Program and the Women’s Informational Referral and Education Service to address social issues in the community. 
 
Read more about JL Boston's 110 Years of Impact Campaign

JL BOSTON TEAMS UP WITH ARTLIFTING TO INCREASE HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS

As we begin another cold winter here in Boston, many of us will take for granted the warm homes we return to each night, but not everyone in our community is so lucky; there are approximately 4,000 homeless youth in the Boston public school system alone. In a bid to further our impact on the local homeless community, JL Boston teamed up with ArtLifting, a social enterprise and benefit corporation that empower artists living with homelessness or disabilities through the celebration and sale of their artwork.
 
Learn more about ArtLifting's innovative business model

STATE PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEES (SPACS) LEVERAGING COLLECTIVE IMPACT ON WOMEN AND GIRLS

Many Junior Leagues, in the form of a State Public Affairs Committee (SPACs), have been advocating for a policy change that addresses the root cause of a problem for years. The purpose of SPAC is to take action on select state and national issues that support the Leagues’ projects, mission and focus areas. In order to further the impact of its work the Junior League of Boston has recently launched the Public Awareness Committee which aims to establish a framework to provide members the training they need to conduct advocacy with skill on behalf of our community partners, our focus issues and our mission, and to connect Junior League.
 
Read more about why JL Boston believes that public advocacy can bring about transformational social change
As we move into 2017, the Junior League of Boston looks forward to welcoming you to any one of our exciting events. Mark your calendars and join us at the following events where you'll mix and mingle with the exceptional women who comprise our volunteer base. Proceeds go to support the Junior League of Boston Community Service Program and Training Fund. 

DON'T MISS CUPID'S ARROW AT THE BOSTON BACHELOR AUCTION


Friday, February 10 - Tickets are selling quickly!
The Foundation Room - Boston House of Blues


With Emcees Kennedy from Mix 104.1 and Ashlee from JAM'N 94.5 we will be hosting our annual live bachelor auction as well as the opportunity to bid on silent auction date packages and experiences, available for all guests to bid on – so you can take your roommate, coworker or significant other out for a fun night on the town. Don't miss this fun-filled evening that supports JL Boston's commitment to serving the women and girls of Boston. 
 

Get Your Tickets!

SAVE THE DATE!

2017 Annual Charity Gala - A League of Our Own

As the Junior League of Boston (JL Boston) celebrates 110 years of service, we tip our hats in acknowledgement to the trailblazers who have stepped up to the plate and hit it out of the park with their tenacious spirits. Built on the foundation of women building better communities, right where we live and work, our tradition of improving and empowering the lives of the next generations continues.

We are rounding the bases with excitement to announce that JL Boston will be hosting this year’s Annual Charity Gala at Fenway Park on Saturday, April 22, 2017. 

Tickets on sale soon. 

Learn more about the Gala and opportunities to partner with JL Boston at this can't miss event.

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

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