Celebrate Earth Day with PIP!

Earth Day, celebrated every April 22 in the United States, is a 48 year old holiday that was created to increase public awareness of environmental problems throughout the world. It is often celebrated through educational programs and volunteer work to focused on improving the environment.  

The New York Junior League founded Playground Improvement Project (PIP) over 25 years ago. PIP volunteers design, plan, fund, and complete one playground renovation each spring. Renovations include repainting playground equipment, benches and lamp posts to repairing batting cage areas and cleaning up garden beds and shrubs throughout the park.

Starting April 14th through May 12th, we invite you to join the NYJL to improve the Corlears Hook Park, next to the beautiful East River along the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Drive in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. To learn more about this year’s PIP project and see a full list of volunteer days.  

If you are unable to attend and are interested in contributing to this cause, you can make a donation today!

Bring the Little Ones when Jr. Junior League Links Up with Social Promise

On April 28, the Jr. Junior League committee will partner with Social Promise to teach principles of philanthropy to preschool and elementary aged New York City children.  If you have school aged children, we welcome you to attend to help celebrate family volunteerism!

Social Promise, a NYC-based nonprofit, supports critical health and educational resources serving the impoverished Ugandan communities.  Social Promise believes children have the natural ability to empathize and have the desire to help others at a young age. The goal of the Jr. Junior League course, and partnership with Social Promise, is to seek and foster a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy.  

Session #1 (Ages 3-6; 10-11:15am) Students will learn what philanthropy is and how they can give their time, talents and treasures, and how they can encourage family and friends to volunteer. Click here to register!

Session #2 (Ages 7-12; 11:30am-1pm) Students will learn what philanthropy is, how they can make meaningful choices to last a lifetime, and how they can encourage family and friends to volunteer.  Click here to register!

We look forward to working with Social Promise on April 28 to share the benefits of volunteering with the youth in NYC!

NYJL Celebrates National Mentoring Month

Here at the New York Junior League, 2018 starts strong with our core mission to improve the well being of children and families in New York City. Our mission would not be possible without the care and persistence of our volunteers. January’s National Mentor Month highlights the importance of mentorship in our communities.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, it’s time to celebrate the special mentors who have trained children, teens, and adults through our 11 mentoring programs.

A way to show your  role models appreciation for their support and guidance is by making a donation in their honor to the New York Junior League Annual Fund. Your chosen mentor will receive a card thanking them for the positive life changes that were made possible with their mentorship. To make a brighter and safer future for those in need is the foundation of our solid mentorship programs.

Want make an impact and support mentor programs? Send your donation of appreciation to your mentor!

NYJL Volunteer Annmarie Stewart Gets Creative with Fundraising Efforts

As we are reflecting back on 2017, we are regularly amazed by the kindness and  generosity of the New York Junior League volunteers. Annmarie Stewart is a wonderful example. Stewart works full-time as a Director at RBC Capital Markets and found a fun, smart way to engage her coworkers to help fundraise for the NYJL.

With each donation, the NYJL continues to directly impact the community.

Rather than just wear jeans, Annmarie’s trading floor donates money to a chosen charity to celebrate casual Friday and give back at the same time. During a recent quarter, Annmarie nominated the NYJL to receive the trading floor’s generosity.  Through this, she was able to fundraise a significant amount for our organization and help support our mission.

We are honored that Annmarie chose to support the NYJL in this way. It is a great example of how we can engage communities outside of NYJL to help benefit our community projects. Thank you to Annmarie for coordinating this generous donation!  

Volunteer Education and Training: Aging Out of Foster Care

Founded in 1851, The Children’s Village’s mission remains the same: work in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities. Today, The Children’s Village serves over 10,000 families and children in New York City. They invest in families and communities to keep children and youth safe, and to be able to connect to people who love them.

During the recent Volunteer Education and Training (VET) event, Aging Out of Foster Care, New York Junior League volunteers met and spoke with Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Children’s Village to learn more about the state of the foster care system in New York.

Foster care is a system in which a minor has been placed into a group home or private home of a state-certified caregiver. Children who languish in the foster care are more often destined for poor life outcomes. New York faces many challenges to the foster system including fewer homes and a struggle to create safety and permanency for children in it. Many children “age out” of the system when they turn 18 or 21 years old without a family and without skills to make it on their own. In 2015, more than 20,000 young people aged out of the foster care.

The Children’s Village works with children and families to help develop the attitudes and skills needed to enter the workforce successfully. By creating strong adult relationships, they help children develop and nurture life-long relationships with friends, family, and mentors. These children leave the foster care ready to take on the challenges of the world around them, have a stable home, and are on the path to self-sufficiency.

NYJL volunteers on the New View Committee work in partnership with Good Shepherd Services, to provide workshops and mentoring for at-risk adults from 18 to 21 years of age who are transitioning from foster care to independent living. Mentors help expose teenagers in foster care to a world they may never have thought possible, and practical skills workshops include financial planning and other vital skills these young adults need to succeed and thrive. For more information on how to get involved, please reach out to newview@nyjl.org.