Throughout our history, The Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. has partnered with over 30 community organizations throughout Kane, DuPage, Will and Kendall counties to improve the quality of life for women and children at-risk in our communities.
JLKD aspires to serve women and children (0-5) in poverty in Kane and DuPage Counties through:
- Education: Improving early childhood education and access to educational advancement opportunities for adults
- Shelter: Ensuring family stability
- Health: Improving childhood well-being and nutrition
JLKD has numerous educational programs and events that encourage a love of reading, knowledge of science, and hands-on learning for at-risk children in our community. Our trained volunteers regularly work with community partners to engage children in reading and educational activities that provide positive influences.
Family Literacy Events help bridge the literacy gap for low-income children by encouraging parents to read to their children at home. The events taught parents the importance of early childhood literacy and included read-aloud demonstrations. Each family left the workshop with a book, tips on reading at home, and suggestions for activities to reinforce the book’s theme.
In addition to hands-on programs, we regularly distribute age-appropriate books, as well as other learning tools, to children through community partners. JLKD, with the support of generous community donors, funded, built, and stocked a Library Nook at Pioneer Elementary School in West Chicago to create an area where students can explore shelves filled with literacy games and age-appropriate books for all reading levels.
Our efforts in expanding educational access don’t stop there. JLKD also offers a Teacher’s Grant that provides funds for programing not provided for within the school budget and a scholarship program for college-bound young women. We also work with our community partners to ensure the women we serve are equipped to be successful in their parenting and career endeavors.
JLKD also works with our community partners to ensure access to shelter, which improves family stability and provides children with a safe space to learn and grow. We support our community partners as they provide various services for women seeking shelter from domestic violence and for young, single mothers entering their first years of parenthood. In addition, JLKD regularly supports and engages with a residential childcare facility that provides housing, education, and social skills development for children whose home environments are not able to support their development.
JLKD provided a significant grant to renovate a single mother housing facility in Carol Stream and then continued to support housing improvements in each apartment.
JLKD’s health-focused activities assist our community partners provide nutrition, health education, and support to impoverished women and children in our communities. Through these programs, children and their parents learn the importance of preparing balanced meals, ways to keep active, and related steps they can take to avoid obesity and stay healthy.
Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen addresses the growing issues of childhood obesity and poor nutrition. We support this initiative locally and are committed to improving the health of today’s youth by empowering them to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. We provide informational materials, lessons, and demonstrations related to preparing healthy meals and snacks that are both tasty and affordable.