The Junior League of High Point, Inc. is striving to address issues with critical needs in our community that fall within the emphasis of positively impacting the lives of children and women. Our initiatives address unmet needs, yet do not take away from existing community efforts, other JLHP placements, and opportunities. Each project provides initial and ongoing training to our members as well as high-quality service to its community partners.
This past year, we voted to steer our community impact efforts to focus on hunger and women's health and wellness issues. Many people aren't aware that our community has been ranked number one in the nation for food hardship. In fact, there are seven food deserts in the High Point area making it difficult for our neighbors to secure food. As a women's organization we strive to aid women in getting back on their feet and building healthy lives.
In the 2016-2017 League year our Actives will embrace our mission to support women and children in the community through the creation of partnerships with other nonprofit organizations.
What can we do together in the fight against childhood obesity? Let’s start by involving kids in a hands-on environment that actually focuses on preparing healthy foods. The goal of the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative, which is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and its member Leagues, is to promote child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks.
In the 2016-2017 League year, the Junior League of High Point, Inc. will partner with the YWCA After-Care Program and the Millis Regional Educational Center to host a program for local schoolchildren aimed at healthy eating and living. This workshop educates children on nutrition and helps them make healthy meal decisions. We will discuss using produce from community gardens to add nutritional value to their meals, as well as focus on the role of exercise in optimal physical and mental health.
Through our Teacher Mini-Grant program, teachers are given an opportunity to expand upon their traditional lesson plans through the use of grant funds which will allow for unique learning experiences. To meet our Community Impact Initiatives all projects must incorporate healthy eating or health and wellness.
If you're a teacher in the City of High Point, download your application now to apply for a Teacher Mini-Grant. Application guidelines, criteria, and procedure are included in the download-able application.
For questions, please contact Megan Fox, Teacher Mini-Grant Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2016-2017 year marks the beginning of a partnership with West End Ministries’ Leslie’s House. Our membership will partner with the staff of Leslie’s House to provide dinner and resources for homeless women in our community. Through this collaboration we hope to aid women in getting back on their feet and building healthy lives.
Throughout the 2016-2017 League year we will be collecting food to give to our local food pantries. We are blessed to have over a dozen food pantries throughout the greater High Point area. Each month our members will donate to a different food pantry in hopes of supplementing that establishment’s efforts.