Families First - Early Childhood committee members provides programs, special events and services which promote the stability and well-being of the children and families in the Bainbridge and Blackwell areas of Richmond, Virginia. These programs are held at the Southside Child Development Center and focus on a Pre-Elementary age population. Junior League members coordinate regular programs on a variety of topics including parenting, self-esteem, health issues, practical life skills, and educational enrichment. Workshops for the parents are conducted by trained professionals and include a discussion component, as well as time for food and fellowship. The children participate in other activities usually related to healthy living and receive a nutritious meal. Junior League volunteers work closely with the Center's administration to respond to the specific needs of families and students and to provide appropriate resources.
Families First Committee - Elementary Education provides programs, special events, and services which promote the stability and well-being of the children and families in the
Literacy through Art Outreach (LTAO)
Literacy through Art Outreach Committee members serve as "ambassadors" for the Children's Museum of Richmond by identifying community links and coordinating workshops where Junior League volunteers can take the magic of the museum directly to community centers and schools in Metro Richmond. A story and related craft project both inspire children's artistic development as well as help families guide children's creative play. Junior League of Richmond volunteers will coordinate delivery of this program to families who do not have the resources to visit the Children's Museum of Richmond.
Good Sports is a program, currently held at the Peter Paul Development Center, designed to educate children and their parents on character development through sports. The character development portion of the program is based on the national Character Counts program. There are six pillars of Character Counts: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.The students are given a book and a healthy box dinner at each program. In addition to leading sports activities, committee participants will have the opportunity to develop tools and resources to help families apply what they have learned through the program at home and in their community. Committee members will also build relationships with community partners.
Done in a Day (DIAD)
Each year, Active members of the JLR helps to assist another community organization in one-day projects focused on children and families, totaling of over 1,400 volunteer hours annually. Partners include:
- MCV Hospital Hospitality House
- Connor's Heros
- Beth Sholom
- Richmond City Public Schools
- Central Virginia Food Bank
- YMCA Bright Beginnings
Kids in the Kitchen
The Kids in the Kitchen Committee plans and executes a bi-monthly event at Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, located in the City's East End. The committee's goal is to assist 7th grader female students in making healthy lifestyle choices and to help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues for these youth. This initiative engages students in the preparation of healthy meals and educates them regarding nutrition and healthy lifestyle and choices.