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Women today are busier than ever, but want the chance to build skills, contribute to the community and develop friendships. The Junior League of Phoenix gives women these opportunities in a fun team-oriented effort. Our members also enjoy year round volunteer opportunities, engage in leadership training and make friendships that last a lifetime.

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combo_stacked_centered_webThe Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) empowers women through leadership training and development to take action in their community. Our members are leaders in the community and involved in hands-on opportunities to positively impact & better Phoenix – currently we are impacting Phoenix by:

    • Empowering youth to adopt healthy habits and reverse the growth of childhood obesity in Maricopa County through our Kids in the Kitchen program.
    • Developing the math and science skills of pre-kindergarten children by way of our R.O.C.K.E.T.S. program (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science)
    • Bringing affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and providing community health resources to the residents of downtown Phoenix and Tempe as a founding partner of the Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle mobile market
    • Offering health and wellness programming and other child-focused events and activities through partnerships with the Phoenix Rescue Mission Changing Lives Center and the Phoenix Day Health Links program.

Who is Eligible?

Total membership in The Junior League of Phoenix exceeds 1,100. Membership is open to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. Over 100 women are accepted into the Provisional new member group each Spring.

A prospective member must be a woman with an interest in voluntarism, a commitment to community service, and an interest in developing her potential for voluntary community participation.

Prospective members must be at least 22 years of age. There is no maximum age.

How to Join

The Junior League of Phoenix welcomes new members in the late spring. Each woman is required to attend one of the Information Sessions held March-May to be considered for Provisional membership. Once accepted into the Junior League of Phoenix, the Provisional new member course provides education, training about the structure of The Junior League of Phoenix and our role in the community. Provisional members also have the opportunity to participate in “hands-on” activities, fundraising events and numerous social activities throughout the year. Successful completion of the Provisional new member course prepares Provisional Members for Active membership in one of the many Junior League committees.

Available Information Sessions

It is required for all potential members to attend an information session. At this session, you will meet active members, get an overview of the provisional program and required components, and receive an application. Sign up for one of our twelve info sessions, many of which are graciously hosted in the homes of our members.

To sign up for an information session, click here! If you have any questions please reach out to Jessica Eldridge at Jessica.w.eldridge@gmail.com .

Date

Host Area(address lsted in sign up link)

Tuesday April 11

6-7:30pm

The Home of Dana Brown North Phoenix

Saturday, April 15

10:30am-12pm

The Home of Danielle Arsenault Scottsdale

Tuesday, April 18

6-7:30pm

The Home of Stephanie O’Connell Arcadia

Friday April 28

6-7:30pm

The Home of Farrah Hauke Old Town Scottsdale

Sunday April 30

10:30am-12pm

The Home of Jessica Eldridge West Valley

Wednesday May 3

6-7:30pm

Phoenix Country Club (precedes the JLP General Membership Meeting) Central Phoenix

Monday May 8

6-7:30pm

The Home of Kathy Mitchell Central Phoenix

Tuesday May 16

6-7:30pm

The Home of Kristi Ward East Valley

CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo: Rachel Egboro, The Storyline Collective and The Whole Story

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee will be hosting the first ever Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for ladies that are interested in pursuing roles in community leadership and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills.

Rachel EgboroAmong the fabulous presenters that will be featured at the Community Leadership Summit is Rachel Egboro, whose passion for the community has inspired her to create spaces for others to find their voice through storytelling. For the past four years, Rachel worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator at First Things First. In this role, she has raised awareness about the importance of early childhood development and education. Rachel is excited to continue raising support for the next generation of Arizonans in her new role as the Strategic Partnerships and Development Manager.

Rachel is also the brains behind a new storytelling event called The Whole Story.  Rachel isn’t new to the Phoenix storytelling scene as she’s co-produced live events with The Storyline. However, The Whole Story is Rachel’s response to the events that have occurred over the past couple of years. She saw a need to create a space where every day experiences of black people in Arizona could be told.  The show debuted to a sold-out crowd and coincided with the final weekend of the groundbreaking Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum. Rachel hopes that The Whole Story will provide an opportunity for the community to come together and will inspire conversations for the future.

Speaking of the future, Rachel is hosting a series of workshops called Telling The Whole Story for people of all ages who are interested in telling their story on stage. Rachel is passionate about intergenerational sharing because she believes wisdom comes from both the wealth of experience of older generations and the innocent curiosity of younger generations.

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Between now and April 15th, we will be posting information about the fabulous presenters that have volunteered to share their knowledge to help us be the best community leaders we can.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of community organizations that believe in the potential of ladies to be leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where attendees and participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked. Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.

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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo: Jennifer Carusetta, Health System Alliance of Arizona

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee will be hosting the first ever Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for ladies that are interested in pursuing roles in community leadership and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills.

jennifer 1Among the fabulous presenters that will be featured at the Community Leadership Summit is the JLP’s very own Jennifer Carusetta, Executive Director of Health System Alliance of Arizona. Jennifer has worked in public policy and legislative affairs in the State of Arizona for nearly two decades. Jennifer joined the Alliance in 2015 as the organization’s first Executive Director.  In this role, Jennifer is responsible for the oversight of all Alliance operations; the cultivation of partnerships with Arizona policymakers, business leaders and community stakeholders; in addition to the establishment and advancement of the Alliance’s policy and legislative agendas.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Jennifer served as the Chief Legislative Liaison at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), where she oversaw the advancement of the State Medicaid Agency’s legislative agenda, and acted as liaison between AHCCCS, the Governor’s Office, the Legislature and other government agencies.

Jennifer has worked in Government Relations for the Arizona Department of Transportation, and served in the administrations of both Governors Hull and Napolitano.

Jennifer is a Flinn-Brown Fellow who proudly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University. In her spare time, Jennifer is a part-time instructor in Northern Arizona University’s Extended Campus Public Administration Program, and is active in Junior League of Phoenix and other community activities.

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Between now and April 15th, we will be posting information about the fabulous presenters that have volunteered to share their knowledge to help us be the best community leaders we can.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of community organizations that believe in the potential of ladies to be leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where attendees and participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked.  Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.

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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

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JLP Foundation Seeking New Board Members!

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Junior League of Phoenix Foundation Seeking New Board Members! 
The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation Board of Directors is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join us as members of the Board to steward our mission. Ideally, Board candidates will have a desire to become involved in non-profit management, finance, grant funding, marketing and/or advocacy. What is essential is a desire to act as a fundraising liaison for our donors. Learn more about the Foundation and the programs we serve at foundationjlp.org.
Interested in joining us?

jlpf 1.pngAn informational happy hour will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 pm at Junior League of Phoenix Headquarters. Please join us for light appetizers and beverages and to learn more about the opportunity. Please RSVP attendance to JLPHXFoundation@gmail.com or sign-up through Digital Cheetah (if you are a JLP member).
Resumes will be accepted until March 13, 2017. We will be conducting interviews with selected candidates on a rolling basis, with the intention of appointing new Board members by April 15, 2017. Please share this invitation with JLP provisionals, actives and sustainers and other community members. Please direct resume submissions to JLPHXFoundation@gmail.com.

Save the Date April 5th for a special Leadership Training!
jlpf 3.pngNaomi Chavez Peters, a noted leadership development, talent development and communications leader, will be presenting to the Junior League of Phoenix at a special leadership training meeting, funded by a grant by the JLPF. Stay tuned for more details including a special reception for JLPF donors!

The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation fosters and sustains the mission and community impact of the Junior League of Phoenix through stewardship of financial resources. The Junior League of Phoenix is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 

“Volunteering is my passion.”

 CLO Fireside Chat featuring Katherine Cecala

“Katherine is a woman who makes her community better, she is JLP.” – Eileen Sullivan, Junior League of Phoenix Sustainer

If one is looking for inspiration this new year, President of Junior Achievement of Arizona and Junior League of Phoenix sustaining member, Katherine Cecala, is a captivating choice for a role model. On December 7, 2016, a small group of current Junior League active members were privy to Katherine’s vast wisdom and experience via the inaugural Fireside Chat series hosted by the Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee.

Katherine provided an overview of her community leadership experience and how her JLP life has intersected with and contributed to her community work. In addition to a career in NPO leadership, she has served on over 35 boards as a volunteer and has developed a reputation as a “fixer” due to her ability to take on touchy situations and turn them into positive experiences for everyone through communication and compassion.  Katherine is bold and assertive but also incredibly patient. She shared advice with members about how to come alongside people to create change within organization. The techniques Katherine shared ranged from bringing up important points three times (as it research has shown it takes people that many times to take in certain messages) to implementing employee benefits that other organizations might consider excessive to create win-win scenarios that motivated people to prioritize the organization’s long term needs over personal interests.

Perhaps most meaningful about Katherine’s story was her honesty and humility in telling it. She talked pointedly about how failures and missteps and personal struggles have intersected with and helped form her professional and community pursuits.

The small group format allowed the attendees to ask questions throughout the “Fireside Chat” and engage with Katherine personally during the mingling time before and after the “Fireside Chat”.  Individuals asked questions about fundraising strategies, people management, and work/life balance.  Additionally, attendees had a chance to mingle with each other and to further develop their network within the JLP.

In the end, the CLO “Fireside Chat” with Katherine provided interested JLP members with an opportunity to learn from and interact meaningfully with an established community leader and to explore their interest and commitment to engaging with the Greater Phoenix community to generate meaningful and positive change for the benefit of all.

The CLO “Fireside Chat” speaker series has been generously funded by the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation to increase available training opportunities for JLP members.

For more information about the CLO Fireside Chat series, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Junior League of Phoenix Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee will be hosting the first ever JLP CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for JLP members with community leadership training and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills. This is a full day event that will have two parts. First, the theme of the Community Leadership Summit this year is Personal Branding, because we want every JLP member to feel confident about sharing their skills with the broader Phoenix community. To train JLP members in personal branding, the following seminars will be offered:

  • Power of Gratitude: Your Perfect Thank You Note: Jennifer Carusetta, Executive Director Health System Alliance of Arizona
  • Your Personal Mission Statement: Rebecca Clyde, Ideas Collide CXO & Co-Founder
  • Your Personal Elevator Speech: Rachel Egboro, Co-Founder Phoenix Storyline Collective
  • Your Personal Resume: Jessica Gabry, External Relations and Development Director
  • The Basics: Your Personal Brand and Social Media: Sakura Considine and Lorena Garcia, Co-Founders Bloguettes
  • See and Be Seen: Social Engagement: Maura Goldsberry, Freelance Nonprofit Professional
  • The Power of Business Cards & Personal Stationary: John Monteith, Account Executive Alphagraphics
  • Headshots and Photography: Marion Rhodes, Owner Marion Rhodes Photography
  • Personal Cover Letter: (TBD)

In addition to the seminars, approximately thirty local nonprofit organizations will participate in the Expo. Each organization will have two opportunities within their organization that they would like to fill with a JLP member. The end goal is for each attendee to leave with a complete personal branding toolkit that is ready for immediate deployment and some practice deploying it.

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Over the next few weeks, we will be posting presenter bios so that everyone can read about the fabulous and generous community members that have agreed to share their knowledge with the members of the JLP.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of organizations in the community that believe in the potential of the ladies of the JLP to be the future leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where JLP members and other participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked.  Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.

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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

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JLP Volunteer Updates

JLP Impacts the Community:
970 Volunteer Hours Completed To-Date

Our Community Impact shifts are going strong!  215 JLP volunteers have completed 54 shifts, 160 shift hours and 970 total volunteer hours this year already! This is incredible!

Keep up the amazing work and thank you so much for all you give back to our community and to the league.

Find volunteer shifts on the Member Calendar, here.


Farm Days at the Phoenix Zoo


JLP Volunteers assisted with Farm Days at the Phoenix Zoo on November 4 and 5. They assisted with arts and crafts, the children’s farmers market, and even exploring with children which fruits and veggies they would eat together. We continue to work towards our focus area of “Building A Healthy Arizona” by teaching children about healthy eating habits!

 

Meaningful Impact Through Municipal Service

CLO Panel featuring Dr. Donna Reiner and Mike Sonenberg P.E.

muni2On October 25, 2016, the Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee hosted a panel featuring Dr. Donna Reiner of the City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission and Mike Sonenberg of the City of Tempe Aviation commission. This was the first CLO panel event, where CLO secures panelists to discuss opportunities for personal development and/or leadership in the community in response to interest from Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) members. This panel event was graciously hosted by Arizona State University and CLO panel events have been generously funded by the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation to increase the number of available training opportunities for all JLP members.

The panelists started by introducing themselves to the audience of twenty JLP members. After general introductions, the panelists started discussing their experience on municipal boards and commissions and why they decided that this particular form of community service and leadership was the right form for them. Both panelists agreed that the reason they found service on a municipal board or commission so rewarding is being able influence entire communities of people through advocacy for increased community involvement. Dr. Reiner discussed a building she was involved in protecting when she was on the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission. By being a part of the process, she was able to alert people that would have an interest in protecting the structure that the building was at risk, and was then able to advocate on their behalf to find a way to preserve the structure without limiting the ability of the building to be utilized. Whenever Dr. Reiner drives by the building she is reminded of the impact that preserving that building had on the community.

Mike then discussed how many openings there are at both the state and municipal levels for people of varying skill types and levels. While certain positions do require a specific skill set or background, many municipal and state level boards and commissions have openings set aside for community members that lack a specific skill set or background but that are interested in the subject area and able to represent the interests of the community-at-large.

muni1Both panelists encouraged members interested in serving on a board or commission to attend a meeting before applying to a specific board or commission. Both panelists emphasized that each board or commission is different and some have shorter meetings, while others have meetings that can last for hours, and the time commitment for each committee will vary, so it is important to engage with the board or commission before expressing interest to assess if it is a good fit both practically and in terms of personality.

In the end, the CLO Panel on Municipal Boards and Commission provided interested JLP members with an opportunity to interact and learn from members of the community that are currently engaged on local commissions, and to explore their interest and commitment to engaging with the Greater Phoenix community to better the community for the benefit of all.

For more information about the CLO Panel events, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Community Leadership Spotlight: Melinda March

Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) sat down with Melinda March to discuss how being a member of the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) led to her selection as a member of the Banner Health Foundation’s (BHF) The Pulse of the City Soiree Committee and how her work with BHF’s Pulse Soiree benefits the JLP.


Melinda.jpgHow long have you been involved with BHF?

I got involved with the Pulse Soiree/BHF in April 2016 after seeing a Community Leadership and Outreach post on the JLP Member’s Facebook page.

Why have you chosen BHF as one of your personal passion projects?

I was moving back to Phoenix after completing my Post-Bac at NAU in Flagstaff and wanted to get more actively involved with the community.  I recently made a career change from the wedding & event planning industry to dental & healthcare.  I still missed some of the excitement involved with event planning and wanted to use my experience to help a local cause.  This opportunity appeared at the perfect time.

Why do you think BHF selected you to be a member of the Pulse of the City Gala Committee?

They needed help soliciting donations, auction items and helping with some event logistics and my prior experience in both fundraising and event management made me an ideal fit.

Being on a gala committee is a lot of work. Why did you say yes?

One reason this was a great way to integrate back into the Valley is that it had a lot of flexibility.  We have one meeting each month and mostly communicate via email.  Each committee member used her network to procure auction items, sell tables and promote the event.  We would touch base at each meeting to ensure contacts were not being bombarded with multiple requests.  The workload was quite manageable since I could mostly work around my own schedule.

How do you feel being a JLP member has contributed to your success at BHF?

I had more confidence entering the Pulse Soiree committee than I would have prior to my time in JLP.  I had the opportunity to interact with and meet so many women who are passionate about philanthropy.  I knew that whatever I could bring to the event would be beneficial and that my work mattered.  I know that I would have doubted myself more before I joined JLP.

How do you feel that service in outside organizations has contributed to your success in the JLP?

It has been great to have an ongoing volunteer commitment with a different organization.  I have been able to build new relationships and become more informed on the needs of a nonprofit organization I may not have understood otherwise.

melinda-2What do you think that JLP members bring to the community table that is special and unique?

JLP members are passionate and proactive.  We also have an extensive network of support behind us.  I knew that even if I didn’t have answers or ideas, I would be able to get in touch with someone who did.  Our network of women is truly remarkable.

Would you be interested in being joined as a member of the Pulse of the City Committee by other JLP members?

Absolutely!

If people are interested in supporting you and/or your work in the community, where can they find more information and who should they contact?

People can purchase tickets to attend the event, which is on November 5th at the Westin Kierland, or make donations to the Banner Health Foundation.  The event is an annual event, so I am sure members could join the committee for next year or provide auction items. If anyone is interested in becoming involved, they can contact Melinda March at melindaemarch@gmail.com or 602-486-9952.


The CLO Community Leadership Spotlight features JLP members engaging in volunteer leadership roles in the community. If you are a JLP member or know a JLP member engaging in a volunteer leadership role in the community, please reach out to the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee Chair at jlp.clo at jlp.org or at (602) 234-3388 x228.

JLP Honors 24-Hour Service Award Winners!

Each year, member go above and beyond their required number of hours service our communities. In efforts to recognize the significant volunteerism of our members, we initiated the 24-Hour Service Award, an elite group whose membership reflects substantial commitment to community impact shifts. Each of the members listed completed at least 24 hours of JLP community impact shifts; in total, this group of 28 members completed  888 hours of community impact. Thank you, ladies, for rising above requirements to set a high level of commitment to building a healthier, stronger, more vibrant community.

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Merisa Andelija
Danielle Arsenault
Angy Beran
Ashley Bunch
Courtney Campbell
Dana Chiordi
Katherine Click
Cathy Comer
Ally Corbin
Candyce Cox
Lauren Dickey
Jennie Elser
Jeanne Figueroa
Amanda Fry
Cammy Garnett
Canyon Haley
Nichole Howarth
Le Kaysonepheth
Shelley Lee
Melinda Mabee
Ann Marie Marino
Sara Mayer
Stephanie Mitchell
Dimple Patel
Valerie Richards
Liz Rocci
Megan Schwallie
Tania Ward