JLE Community Enrichment Committee
Serving Our Community’s At-Risk Youth
JL Eugene’s direct community service projects work to serve at-risk youth in our community and are specifically focused on homeless youth and victims of human trafficking.
We are deeply committed to making an impact in our community through effective partnerships, innovative programs, and necessary financial support. JL Eugene women serve thousands of hours ever year on behalf of at-risk youth in our community, among the service they also contribute to outside nonprofits and community organizations as well.
JLE is working on several community initiatives to impact the lives of at-risk youth and to eliminate human trafficking in our community. Learn more about the programs and activities we are working on below.
In September of 2015, the Junior League of Eugene began an initiative called Done in a Meeting (DIAM). The goal of the initiative was to consistently “meet with a purpose,” and collect donations that benefited organizations in our community who service at risk youth. Since that time, JLE has consistently slated monthly recipients of the DIAM and collected/donated thousands of dollars worth of clothing, blankets, toys, toiletries, food, survival supplies, in-kind donations, and countless other items to help benefit our community. This initiative has become an important and significant way of furthering our mission and helping at risk youth in Lane County.
4J ID PROGRAM
In the spring of 2015, the Junior League of Eugene began collaborating with 4J School District to develop a check list for obtaining an Oregon Identification card (issued by the DMV). Proper identification is a necessity, especially for teens and young adults. Identification is needed to get a job, open a bank account, and perhaps most importantly, to take the G.E. D. test. The program is available for select students enrolled within the 4J School system. The main objective is to facilitate a pathway to obtaining an ID card for students that might not otherwise be able to navigate the complex system. The long-term goal is to create a self-sustaining program within 4J in partnership with the 15th Night.
15TH NIGHT OF EUGENE
The Junior League of Eugene is an official partner of The 15th Night of Eugene. The 15th Night is a broad community partnership designed to prevent youth from running away or “hitting the street” and to intervene quickly if they do. 15th Night is aligning itself with existing community resources in innovative ways: partnering with an existing 501©3, OSLC Development, Inc. OSLC will provide coordination, management, financial oversight and evaluation.
Our city’s youth are at the heart of The 15th Night’s approach. “Nothing about them without them” is the motto. They have an active Youth Advisory Council (YAC) whose members are currently homeless, or are transitioning away from homelessness, as well as youth who have never been homeless but want to help their fellow peers.
The goals and measurable outcomes for the 15th Night are:
- Launch a powerful sustainable public awareness and education campaign about homeless youth by engaging the community in meaningful and creative ways to achieve success.
- To have pledged providers, community members and businesses that can provide resources or services to meet the individual, immediate and stabilizing needs of each youth through a navigator type role.
- The navigator will assist youth while accessing and engaging in services. Additionally, they will act as a guide, mentor and advocate.
- Empowering and mobilizing youth to create a caring culture in schools and community by raising awareness of the challenges faced by youth who are experiencing homelessness, the dangers of living on the streets and where to find help before or after they end up on the street.
- To establish, promote and maintain a 24hr/day “Rapid Access Network.” This network is the access point for youth, advocates, providers and the community, to find help and receive immediate help if necessary via a hotline, mobile app, website or text message.
The Eugene Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation of Youth (ECASEY) is a joint venture of some of our communities most prominent youth service based organizations. As one of many founding members, The Junior League of Eugene has partnered with Springfield Public Schools, Beth School District, Eugene 4J School District, the Lane County District Attorney’s office, the City of Eugene, Looking Glass, Kids’ First, and others, to help fight the epidemic of child sex trafficking in Lane County. The organization seeks to pool the resources of the countless youth advocate institutions locally, and rapidly connect advocates and providers with the at risk youth they seek to help serve.
Since it’s formation in 2015, ECASEY has hosted numerous workshops and informational gatherings. These workshops have included impactful trainings hosted by the FBI (which seek to train local groups about the trafficking issue in Oregon) as well as a reoccurring “Teens and Technology Night” which educates our community about the ever-growing dangers of technology (and what parents can do keep their children safe). As ECASEY continues to gain traction, educate and advocate within our community, JLE is dedicated to continuing to support and assist the group in whatever ways we may be impactful. We are honored to call ourselves one of the groups founding members, and we look forward to helping grow the organization with the end of goal of ending human trafficking in Lane County.
Hosea Youth Services
The Hosea Drop-In Center provides hospitality and first response to young people who are being impacted by the streets. The young people who walk through the centers doors have access to: laundry, a computer lab, showers, clothing, and other support services. Once per month, Junior League members prepare and serve a family-style meal for the youth. Junior League volunteers and the Hosea staff make every effort to know young peoples names, stories, and needs in order to make them feel welcome, at home, safe, and supported.