|Children and Youth|
The Junior League of Collin County establishes projects to meet the needs of children and youth and advocates for their welfare to ensure they have opportunities and services essential for their physical, intellectual, emotional, mental, social and economic well-being.
JuMP (Juvenile Mentoring Program)
JLCC volunteers work in conjunction with the Juvenile Probation Department of Collin County to serve as mentors and conduct training sessions in a classroom environment for juveniles age 12-15 that have been placed on probation for non-violent, misdemeanor offenses. The goal of JuMP is to implement a positive setting for Collin County juveniles and present curriculum on topics such as self-esteem building, internet messaging, healthy relationships, making good choices, and life skills training. This project aims to reduce the likelihood for re-offending and provide the juveniles with the tools and resources necessary to reduce recidivism.
My Friend’s House
My Friend’s House, a program of City House, is a 24-bed emergency shelter for children who have been removed from their homes due to allegations of abuse or neglect. The children range in age from birth through seventeen years. JLCC volunteers provide a weekly reading program that encourages literacy while offering a fun evening developed around the theme of a carefully selected children’s book.
Kids In the Kitchen
The purpose of Kids In the Kitchen is to educate the community at large on the growing issues of childhood obesity and poor nutrition. This project develops, promotes and executes the annual Kids in the Kitchen event in conjunction with the Association of Junior Leagues International, as well as offering hands-on educational opportunities throughout the year to children in small group settings. Through a variety of educational offerings, this project educates children and families on childhood nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Learn more about upcoming Kids In the Kitchen activities.
C.A.R.E.S. (Confidence, Awareness, Respect, Esteem & Strength)C.A.R.E.S. supports the holistic approach that the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Medical Center Plano utilizes in its treatment plan. JLCC Volunteers facilitate arts and crafts sessions twice a month for the patients. Children and adolescents with eating disorders are often socially isolated, and the purpose of this program is to offer a safe and nurturing environment for these patients to learn or reestablish their social skills.
The CITY House R.I.S.E. Project
The CITY House Life Skills project is a collaboration with City House who strives to improve lives of transitional living program young adults in Collin County by providing a life skills evidence‐based curriculum to City House clients. These young adults (age 18‐22) have been involved in the foster care system and have aged out of the system. The goal is to empower City House clients with life skills training to enable their success upon leaving the program.