REACHING OUT TO REACH WITHIN:
BECOME A COMMUNITY PARTNER!
COPR (Community Outreach & Project Research) Committee is searching for the Junior League of Annapolis, Inc.’s (JLA) next partnership with a community organization or governmental agency that has or is developing a project that will meet Anne Arundel County’s community needs while aligning with the league’s focus area – Narrowing the Achievement Gap with a specific focus on the Self- Sufficiency of Women and Children.
JLA is entering a research year in which we will be considering the changing needs of our community and how JLA can help. Please come to our spring networking event at on May 1 at Pusser’s Caribbean Grille to share your perspective on a broad range of community needs in Anne Arundel County and where JLA should focus its efforts in the coming years.
Non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and other community organizations with projects that align with JLA’s issue and focus areas are encouraged to submit an application. As a partner, JLA will develop, organize, and provide trained volunteers for the selected project and use JLA funds of up to $5,000 annually to successfully implement and improve the project over a three-year period.
Application packets for this partnership starting in the 2018-19 League year through 2021 are available either online at jlannapolis.org or at JLA Headquarters located at 128 Lubrano Drive, Suite L-101, Annapolis, MD 21401.
The press release for the search for new partners can be found here.
JLA’s current ongoing project is Seeds for Success (S4S), which was selected in 2015 for a three-year term. S4S began in 2008 as a grassroots, after-school program to create more positive opportunities for youth living in public housing. S4S currently has four programs: Eastport Girls Club, I Am a Reader, Parent Challenge, and The Alumnae and College Access Program (ACA). In 2015, JLA had an extremely successful pilot year assisting with ACA in its partnership with S4S. This program was designed to provide select Eastport Girls Club members in the 10th through 12th grades with the academic, social and emotional tools needed to confidently continue their studies in a collegiate setting after finishing high school. JLA provided support to ACA through SAT tutoring, interview practice, academic support and emotional, as well as social, direction. During the 2016-2017 league year, ACA has expanded to include 9th graders and three new girls have joined ACA.
Our incoming project for 2017-2020, Community of Hope, is a collaboration with the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth & Families (the “Partnership”) in Brooklyn Park/North County. This project joins residents, government and nonprofit agencies, business leaders, and others to address an array of challenges to create community-level change. This will include establishing community gardens, mentoring and after-school programs, community engagement events, and assisting efforts to ensure families are safe and economically stable through donations.
Other past JLA community partners include Read2Kids, Sarah’s House, the Center of Help, Lighthouse Shelter, and Chrysalis House.
For further information on upcoming events, partnership or the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org; please include your organization’s name and contact information.