Placement Spotlight: Community Impact
By Jessica Gallant
One of the first Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) projects I participated in as a Junior League of Edmonton (JLE) member was working with the girls involved in the Kids on Track and Uncles & Aunts at Large organizations. It brought me back to when I was their age, and the struggles I faced as a pre-teen girl. While a lot of the same challenges exist today, they seem to be magnified in our social media world where the pressures are more intense than ever. It was very eye opening to see what girls are facing today and how important it is to ensure that they feel supported, believe in themselves and have confidence as they grow up. When I was approached about joining our community impact division, to take on the position of chair of the Girls Growing Strong (GGS) program with Uncles & Aunts at Large, I was very excited to be able to work with girls again and my mind started racing coming up with fun activities and ways we could work with them.
My excitement turned to nervousness when I started to think of the daunting task of being a chair of this committee. I felt like I was still relatively new within JLE and wasn’t sure if I had what it would take to chair a committee. One of the things I hadn’t counted on is the amazing support within the JLE organization. From day one, everyone was super encouraging. From Hannah and Amanda hosting training for the committee chairs, to Hannah meeting with Uncles & Aunts with me to outline the direction of the GGS program to the fantastic collaboration that has occurred within our three person committee; the experience has been wonderful.
Our three person GGS committee has planned five sessions for the girls including topics from creating dream boards, to teaching the kids about money. We have had fantastic feedback from Uncles & Aunts at Large so far, and it is so rewarding to see the excitement on the girls’ faces when we interact with them. It is a great feeling to know that we are able to bring experience, perspective and content that opens their eyes and lets them experience things they may not have had the opportunity to experience without the JLE partnership.
Whether you are a new member, or have been with JLE for many years, I would highly recommend a placement with the Community Impact team. It is a great opportunity to interact with other JLE members, learn more about the organizations JLE partners with and it is extremely rewarding to give back to our community in a meaningful way. No matter what you are looking to get out of your time with JLE, a placement with Community Impact will no doubt provide you with the fulfillment you are looking for.
Members, watch your inboxes on March 1st for our 2018/2019 Placements Survey.
If you’re interested in learning more about the placements opportunities available for the upcoming membership year, join Janine Robin, Placements and Mentorship Chair, and Phalyn Chenard, Membership Director on February 25th at 10:30am for “Let’s Chat Placements” a video webinar for the Junior League of Edmonton!
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