2018-2019 Community Impact:
Youth Advocacy Day:
On Friday, February 8, 2019, five Junior League of Tacoma members travelled to Olympia to participate in The Mockingbird Society’s Youth Advocacy Day. JLT members heard from youth representatives within the foster care system, many of which have experienced homelessness. This was a very powerful experience for our members who were partnered for the day along with students from UW Tacoma, and a Tacoma Treehouse employee (also a Junior League of Seattle member). The group had the opportunity to speak directly with Senator Hans Zeiger of Puyallup about the current bills the Mockingbird Society is currently focused upon as the most important to foster care and homeless youth before the upcoming Senate vote.
On January 12, 2019, 38 community members joined the JLT Community Council in a public screening of the documentary The Homestretch, with an active and thoughtful discussion afterward
The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
Participants donated $300 in cash and school supplies. The cash donations along with a portion of the community council budget allowed the purchase of 206 backpacks for the entire 206, 2018-2019 – McKinney-Vento students.
A holiday program at Perry G. Keithley Middle School, that leadership students and teachers coordinate to ensure that each student feels appreciated during the holidays season. Staff members make personal donations to make sure that each kids received a modest gift. Teachers and their friends and family usually donate money to purchase items of school pride such as t-shirts, hoodies, books to middle schoolers in-need within Franklin Pierce. JLT donated $500.00 for the students.
Done in a Meeting – Laundry Kits:
In the November 2019 Done In A Meeting, we packed 220 bags or 880 washes and dries total! We also donated $500 in laundry cards to the Tone Resource Center and laundry supplies to Franklin Pierce School District.
Speaker – League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County:
At our November 2019, GMM, the Community Council organized a speaker from the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County to discuss the legislative issues facing youth homelessness in Pierce County. Also presented were ways to effectively advocate and get involved in positively impacting local change and supporting our homeless neighbors.
Donate to agencies that provide support for youth
Volunteer with support agencies
Advocate for additional funding services
Learn about what issues/bills are being discussed in your local area
Find who your legislator is : www.leg.wa.gov
Contact your legislator by phone or even set up an appointment to meet with them