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.

Partner with The Junior League of Phoenix!

The Junior League of Phoenix, Incorporated (JLP) is seeking community partners.

The JLP’s mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, a mission we have been fulfilling for 85 years. Their success in creating, launching and strengthening programs is based on positive collaborations with their community partners.

The JLP can provide committed trained volunteers and funding to help a program move forward successfully while offering our members the opportunity to impact the community and improve their leadership skills. Effective with the start of the 2020-2021 administrative year, the Junior League of Phoenix will have a focused impact area of food insecurity/hunger. This is a critical need that the JLP believes they can effectively address in partnership with other local community agencies.

The JLP has been and will continue to commit 80% of their resources to this focus area while striving to make significant impact in this issue area. Programs are generally approved for a 3-year period but may be extended. They will commit to selecting one program specific partnership under $15,000 in yearly scope and will consider (but may not select) one large scale project up to $150,000 in scope.

The JLP encourages community organizations to submit a program application. Together, these organizations can make great strides in fighting hunger in the greater Phoenix community!

For more information click here: https://www.jlp.org/?nd=crd

November 2019 In-Homes

The Junior League of Phoenix In-Home’s are organized for members on a monthly basis for them to be exposed to a variety of topics and experiences. The Member Training committee works hard to secure the speakers, provide input on new topic ideas and schedule these In-Home opportunities.

Why are they called “In-Homes”? Simply because they are often held in someone’s home! This provides a more intimate setting to socialize, learn and grow as League Members.

The November 2019 In Homes have been created and they are covering topics that range from business coaching, parental coaching, manners, finances, career goals, self-care and fitness. These were formed to appeal to all members of the Junior League!