On May 10, 1967, the Junior League movement arrived in San Jose after the Service League of San Jose members received the long-awaited invitation from the Association of Junior Leagues of America to become the Junior League of San Jose! As we honor our past accomplishments in the past five decades, we have important work ahead of us. After all, the best way to honor trailblazers is by continuing the tradition of trailblazing!
The Junior League movement started in New York City in 1901 with the commitment to give back to the community. This generosity of time, talents and treasures is the very foundation of the Junior Leagues which have launched countless opportunities developing women into community leaders. Their actions and leadership continue to transform communities for the better.
Today, as the Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) enters its 50th League year, we are grateful to the many trailblazers among our membership. We are proud of the community impact that they helped create, expand and support through JLSJ Past Projects that include Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, Hospice of the Valley, Georgia Travis Center, Independent Living Program with Catholic Charities, and Program Leadership Development Project with Sunday Friends, and more.
As we honor our past accomplishments in the past five decades, we have important work ahead of us. After all, the best way to honor trailblazers is by continuing the tradition of trailblazing!
Photo: Ashley Cobb, Alycobb Photography
Entering its fourth and final year is our Signature Project Make Build Play!—a collaboration between JLSJ and Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) to provide “learn by doing” science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities for young children (4-8 years old) to promote school readiness and build confidence in creative problem solving. As we prepare to sunset JLSJ’s involvement in developing Make Build Play!, we look back at our community work for over a decade through the JLSJ Community Program in early childhood education to help young children enter elementary school ready to learn and thrive.
At the May 2016 Annual Meeting, our Members voted to dedicate our collective resources to a new Community Impact Focus Area—helping foster youth in Santa Clara County successfully transition out of foster care. After two years of intense community research and member education, we are now gearing up in our planning and conversations with potential partner agencies to launch our Community Impact effort in this new focus area by the end of 2017.
As an organization, JLSJ is at a time of unprecedented opportunities to build on our community works from the past 50 years and soar to new heights in the next 50 years. We have so much to celebrate and look forward to! I hope you will join us and experience JLSJ at one of community events over the next 12 months. Please check the JLSJ Home Page as details on these and other League events will be added to the Calendar throughout the year.
- The JLSJ 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 5, 2016 at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
- The 25th JLSJ Rummage Sale on March 18, 2017 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
- The 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon in April 2017
Together We Move Forward,
2016-2017 President, Junior League of San Jose