The Junior League of Boise has a long and active history of volunteer community service since March 1928. The Junior League of Boise has always had a three-fold mission: to provide service projects to improve our community, to develop the potential of women, and to train women volunteers to conduct that service in the most effective way. The League utilizes a training continuum that emphasizes community service, communications, management/leadership, finance/fundraising and marketing/public relations.
The League has come a long way since its inception in 1928. The Junior League prides itself on building the community one project at a time. Members dedicate valuable time, resources and knowledge enabling the League to positively impact the community. The Junior League of Boise’s legacy is well entrenched in the Treasure Valley and will continue to provide valuable community volunteers and community projects for the next 85 years! Our past projects include the Boise Schools Volunteer program, the Learning Lab, and the Discovery Center of Idaho.
One of our current projects, Especially Me! was developed by the Junior League of Boise to help girls ages 9-12 navigate the upcoming changes in their lives. The goals of this program are to provide the tools to build and maintain positive self-esteem, to teach factual information about their changing bodies, nutrition and exercise, and discuss good decision-making skills in preparation for a healthy, happy future. Specific topics covered include self-esteem, puberty, nutrition, exercise, eating disorders, how to make good decisions and how to be assertive and express one's feelings in an appropriate manner.
Our latest signature project is creating school gardens at local Boise-area elementary schools. This helps kids learn the science of gardening as well as the nutritional advantages of eating good fresh food from their own garden. This is a real hands-on opportunity for the kids to interact with science and their own garden. We've built 5 raised beds at Joplin Elementary and 12 at Cecil Andrus Elementary to start the planting season. We look forward to reaching many more local elementary schools with the school gardens project. Your support will help us spread a love for science and nature to schoolchildren in the Treasure Valley!