85 Years of the JLP

One week ago today, on February 9th, the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP)
celebrated their 85th anniversary! The impact JLP has had on the Phoenix
community since that date 85 years ago has been incredible.

In the past 85 years, JLP has been a revolutionary force for good in the
Phoenix community. Please join us as we look back on those years of
unparalleled progress and use that history to compel us to be unprecedented change agents moving forward. #85yearsofJLP.

KITK January 2020 Event

Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) kicked off 2020 with their first monthly lesson at Homeward Bound with 20 rambunctious kiddos ranging in ages from 5-12.

The kids were taught about fruits, veggies, grains, dairies, and fats while they participated in a fun exercise to help them learn how to be healthy and promote an active lifestyle. They also get a tasty snack along with a quick instruction of the food plate and how much food one should eat from each category in relation to their plates.

At the end of the lesson, the kids are given activity packets and recipes to continue their learning at home!

A Red Carpet Affair

This year, the Junior League of Phoenix is rolling out the red carpet for the 7th Annual White (Red) Party in honor of the League’s 85th Anniversary!

The soiree will be hosted at the Phoenix Children’s Museum on March 27th from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and will include special guest Jennifer Ruddle, the current United States of America’s Mrs. Arizona 2020!

Upon arrival, guests can expect a photo opportunity with paparazzi and will be greeted by Showstopper’s Champagne Diva! Inside, guests can enjoy “A Taste of Phoenix” that will feature bites from local restaurants including Yard House, Raising Cane’s, Portillo’s, Jewel’s Bakery and Café + much more! For drink options, we’ll have a full service bar, as Tito’s is our official vodka supplier, with supplemental non-alcoholic beverages provided by Tea of a Kind and Bang. Guests can also enjoy a tequila tasting with 3 Amigos Tequila!

For entertainment, the Red Party is featuring a photo booth, DJ, access to the Children’s Museum’s amazing climbing structure, a wine pull, fun games, 50/50 raffle and a silent auction! Some auction items include a dinner for two with Cloth and Flame, Diamondbacks tickets, dinner for 4 from Hula’s, art from local artists and more! And, don’t forget that there are 10% off Lyft rides to and from the event as well!

Early bird tickets are on sale now through January 31st for $65 per person/$120 per couple and starting February 1st for $75 per person/$140 per couple. Click here to purchase: https://www.jlp.org/?nd=ticket_list&fundraiser_id=73.

We encourage all guests to celebrate our 85th Anniversary with us by dressing to impress in your favorite red attire! Proceeds support the mission of the Junior League of Phoenix that including training and community programs.

R.O.C.K.E.T.S Teacher Launch

The Junior League of Phoenix is partnering with CREATE at the Arizona Science Center for the 9th Annual R.O.C.K.E.T.S Teacher Launch Educate to Innovate Conference. The conference will be held at CREATE at the Arizona Center on Friday, February 28, 2020.

“I am proud of the work of the ROCKETS Teacher Launch Committee. We have formalized our partnership with the AZ Science Center’s CREATE team to leverage their state of the art facilities and professional development expertise to build a full-day seminar for teachers. Additionally, JLP’s Teacher Launch Committee has worked with the CREATE team to pilot an administrator coach track. Combined, these two pieces will more fully support teachers in the classroom and increase access to more than 3,000 students who wouldn’t get the opportunity to be inspired by  STEM programming otherwise.” – Cathy Brown, Junior League of Phoenix Foundation President.

The all-day STEM-focused professional seminar (8:30am-4pm) is open to PreK through 12th-grade teachers. For the first time, the R.O.C.K.E.T.S. Teacher Launch will also offer an administrator and instructional coach track. This year’s theme is LEAP INTO STEM. Arizona Educators can look forward to sessions from STEM thought leaders across the valley:

Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent – focus on connecting STEM challenges to the community

Materials Matter – focus on the exploration of common materials and chemistry principles

Arizona Game and Fish – engineering solutions to impacts on wildlife populations

Arizona Department of Education – updates on the new science standards

Phoenix Art Museum – cultivating observation skills

Girls that Code – addressing the gender gap in technology fields

Educators will earn 5 continuing education credits and walk away with valuable new ideas to bring to their students including classroom science materials. “I’ve attended this Science JLP ROCKETS Teacher Launch Seminar for 3 years now and look forward to it! The content is meaningful and I can use what I’ve learned in my classroom! Thank you for putting this on for teachers!” – Past Participant.

This event would not be possible without the support and funding from the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation. Arizona educators can register now at www.azsciencecenter.org/educate-to-innovate-conference-feb-2020/. The $20 entry includes breakfast, lunch, and parking. The R.O.C.K.E.T.S. Teacher Launch team is currently seeking hospitality partners and sponsors for beverages and lunch. Please contact Sarah Gieszl (sarah.gieszl5@gmail.com)  or Melinda March melindamarch11@gmail.com)

2019-2020 Provisional Class Makes an Impact

We are halfway through 2019-2020 Provisional year and we may be biased, but we love our Provisionals!

We hit the ground running in August with our first Super Saturday Community Partners bus tour that allowed our Provisionals to see first-hand the impact JLP has had in the community, both past & present. This experience is always such a fun and exciting time for our new members, as they are able to see firsthand the impact Junior League of Phoenix has had and continues to have throughout the community. Our Provisionals visited Ronald McDonald House, AZ Science Center, Ryan House, Emily Center, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and JLP Headquarters.

In addition to our Community Partner bus tour, our Provisionals dedicated a Saturday to giving back as a group at SVDP, have gone hiking, visited pumpkin patches, and volunteered at many JLP community impact shifts together.

We have a full second half of the year planned for our Provisionals, but not without celebrating the Holidays together with a fun Holiday party with a “my favorite things” gift exchange. In January, our Provisionals will finish up with our last Super Saturday and learn all about JLP largest & longest-running fundraiser, Rummage! Provisional graduation in May will be here before we know it and we will add an additional 150+ wonderful women to our League!

Dillard’s December Holiday Escape Night

” ‘Twas the night before the holidays and all through my dwelling, I had too much to do and my shopping list was swelling. I grabbed my car keys, which had been flung over there, In hopes that Dillard’s could solve my holiday needs with flair! The clerks were ready at their tidy counter, with free shipping and free gift wrap for this encounter! And my friends and I toasting at the hot chocolate bar, to our successes and how lucky we all are!”

Friends, you need a holiday escape! Let Dillard’s solve your holiday stresses with a very special JLP holiday shopping night. For a $10 donation to the Junior League, Dillard’s at Fashion Square is giving each of us a night of free shipping, free gift wrap, free hot chocolate and a free dessert bar to help us solve our last-minute gifting needs! And for every purchase you make during the league’s event, Dillard’s will donate it back to the JLP.

So that’s FREE shipping, FREE gift wrap AND donating back to the league? WIN-WIN-WIN! Do good, have fun and solve all those last names on your list. Remember to bring extra for the always amazing raffle items. You don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Event Details:

Date: 12/16/19

Time: 5:00 pm

Price: $10 tickets at https://www.jlp.org/?nd=ticket_list&fundraiser_id=72

Sales end: 12/14/19

Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) November Event Recap

KITK had their first annual Fall Fest at Homeward Bound on Friday, 11/8. Over 70 residents of Homeward Bound joined the committee for dinner, games and fun for the evening. The 17 families that attended enjoyed Chipotle chicken burrito bowls for dinner, Food BINGO and carnival games for the kids.

During the event, Deborah Stewart Weaver, a JLP member, spoke to parents about healthy eating and the evening wrapped up with a ‘make your own parfait’ station. On top of all that, the committee was able to provide the families with brand new sets of pots & pans, tons of kitchen utensils and toys for the kids.

The KITK goal was to be able to set the families up for success, talk about healthy eating and provide them the resources to do so. That goal was achieved!

Spend the Holidays with Kendra Scott

The holidays are just around the corner! Swing by Kendra Scott on 12/4/19 at 6pm in the Scottsdale Quarter for a holiday shopping give-back party dedicated to the Junior League of Phoenix. Enjoy sips and snacks and enter to win one of their gorgeous Kendra Scott raffle prizes.

No tickets are needed, as it is open to the public. Kendra Scott is giving back a percent of everything purchased that night to the JLP!

Come support and start spreading the holiday cheer!

Public Affairs Committee (PAC): Bellinis & Ballots Event Recap

The Junior League of Phoenix and Public Affairs Committee (PAC) held their “Bellinis and the Ballot Box” event where they welcomed Gina Roberts with the Voter Education Director at the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. 

Gina provided voter and campaign education surrounding the importance and impact of each individual and their vote. The “Voter Education Director” and Gina’s role was to manage the Commission’s public and voter education duties which included assisting candidates in the campaign process and providing election information to candidates, voters and the media.

Gina Roberts has a degree in Political Science from Arizona State University; she started in public service in 2007.  The Public Affairs Committee was honored that Gina Roberts was willing to take the time to spread the educational needs that every registered voter should be knowledgeable about.

Kids in the Kitchen October Lesson

Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) held a monthly lesson in October at Homeward Bound. The theme was Halloween and featured all Orange Foods. The kiddos learned about healthy and non-healthy orange foods as well as healthy Halloween treats. They learned how to peel a cutie orange and many of them even tried Hummus for the first time!

The goals of the KITK programs are to:

  • Increase children’s awareness of the nutrition in everyday foods
  • Improve the quality of healthy food that kids eat by showing them easy and tasty ways to eat better
  • Increase the amount of exercise that kids do during their daily routine

The programs involve four exciting hands-on components to get kids and families involved in learning how to be healthy led by league and community volunteers.

To read more about these programs, please visit: https://www.jlp.org/?nd=p_kitk.