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The end of summer means a back-to-school shopping event with the JLT’s annual Kids’ Boutique. The JLT works directly with guidance counselors at Leon County elementary schools to identify children in need of essential school clothes and shoes. In partnership with Kohl’s, the League purchases back-to-school items for over 100 local children and provides each child with a backpack filled with school supplies, not only giving the children much-needed tangible items, but also a sense of self-esteem and pride to start the school year off right.
The 20th Annual Kids’ Boutique was held August 7, 2016 at the Kohl’s Department Store on Apalachee Parkway.
For many young women, prom is an important, but costly, part of the high school experience. At its annual Operation Prom Dress, the Junior League of Tallahassee invites area high school students to attend a one day boutique-style shopping event where prom dresses, shoes and accessories are provided at no cost.
Operation Prom Dress began in 2001 as an event for the students of Gretchen Everhart, a school for exceptional students. The event has since grown into a regional project serving hundreds of local teens each year.
Operation Prom Dress would not be a success without support from sponsors and generous donations from the community. Dress, shoe, and accessory donations from the public are accepted year-round.
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The Junior League of Tallahassee Teen Board offers high school age junior and senior women from all local high schools a foundation of service and leadership.
Each academic year students have the opportunity to apply for membership on the Teen Board. By laying the groundwork for volunteer opportunities within our community these young ladies gain a greater understanding of community involvement, enhancing leadership skills, advocacy, and fundraising. Members of the Teen Board have a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse group of women from many Leon County Schools.
Teens are provided opportunities to volunteer with community partners as well as within the League for events such as the Girls on the Run Celebratory 5k, Whale of a Sale, Operation Prom Dress, and the TMH Pumpkin Palooza. In addition to providing service to the community, the members of the Teen Board benefit from trainings on leadership, self-esteem, living an active lifestyle, professionalism, and more.
In the summer of 2015, The Junior League of Tallahassee will be launching a new partnership with the PACE Center for Girls of Leon County. PACE Center for Girls of Leon County provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The girls, ages 11-18 in grades 6-12, present risk factors such as school truancy, academic failure, single or no birth parent at home, exposure to substance abuse, an incarcerated parent, sexual abuse, and physical and/or emotional abuse. The PACE & JLT Club will be a semester long program teaching PACE girls the social life skills essential for scholastic, networking and professional success.
This project will promote confidence, develop leadership and empower children and their families by teaching at-risk girls the importance of good manners in relation to developing social skills. The ability to handle new social situations with poise will increase their confidence and expose the girls to a way of life they can have if they so choose. The girls will recognize that they belong wherever they want to be, and the program will aid PACE’s efforts to help these girls see doors out of violence and poverty that they can open for themselves.