Meet the NYJL’s Partners in Advocating for Public Policy on November 15th


As we celebrate the 115th Anniversary of the NYJL, we invite volunteers to learn about the NYJL’s history in shaping public policy in New York State and New York City at a Volunteer Education and Training (VET) event on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. at P.S. 6.  During this training, volunteers will meet NYJL partners in advocating for legislative action, including Ruth Hassell-Thompson, former New York State Senator, and Donna Dolan, Executive Director of the New York Paid Leave Coalition.

In its 115 years, the NYJL has had many successes with initiatives to shape public policy for the betterment of the community.   Through collaboration with legislators, grassroots and state coalitions and community partners, the Advocates for Public Policy (APP) committee have focused their efforts on advocating for legislation that aligns with the NYJL’s mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities in the city and state.  Their accomplishments include successful legislative action for the protection of children against child abuse, anti-stalking, mental health insurance coverage, the removal of toxic cleaning products from New York City buildings, human trafficking, and domestic violence.  

On November 15th, a panel of speakers will share their personal involvement with the New York Junior League and discuss their work on public policy.  Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson is a long-time champion for domestic violence survivors, and both the NYJL and NYSPAC (New York State Public Affairs Committee) have advocated for the Domestic Violence Survivor’s Justice Act, a bill which she sponsored in the New York State Senate.  In 2016, after years of effort, Donna Dolan of the New York Paid Leave Coalition, and APP saw the successful passage of the most comprehensive paid family leave plan in the nation. Lauren Chung, a former co-chair of APP, will offer insights into the recent issues the APP has fought for and our work with NYSPAC, the advocacy group which represents over 21 Junior League chapters located throughout New York State at the state and federal levels, and coordinates public affairs action and trains volunteers in advocacy skills.  You will leave with a detailed understanding of the great work of these first 115 years!

Event Details:

Tuesday, November 15

7:00 p.m.

P.S. 6, 45 East 81st St, New York, NY 10028

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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