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The Junior League of Reading is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.

 

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Community Impact

With a focus on the emotional health of youth, the Junior League of Reading’s Youth Empowered program seeks to improve the self-esteem of our youth and empower them to become leaders in our community.

Our strategies include:

  • Increasing access to leadership programs and opportunities
  • Providing educational forums on issues affecting the development of positive self-esteem
  • Increasing opportunities for empowerment through youth volunteer service

Young Women’s Summit

The JLR’s Young Women’s Summit is a two-day workshop, facilitated by the members of JLR, for girls in local middle schools. The purpose of the Summit is to engage a diverse group of young women from Berks County in a meaningful dialogue that will: expand their developmental assets, cultivate their leadership skills, and empower them to make a difference in their community through civic engagement and the creation of a community project.

At the end of the two-day Summit, the young women will have identified their personal strengths, defined an area of need within the community, and have completed a service learning project to positively impact their community. This process will move these young women away from being objects of programs towards being the creators of a resource to positively impact their community.

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Olivet Boys & Girls Club

In November 2010, we started serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Oakbrook Club of Olivet to its members and their families. Fast forward to today, and this event is one of our most popular and favored among our members.  Our members volunteer to prepare turkeys, hams, all the sides and desserts that go along with Thanksgiving.  We deliver and serve the food while also providing entertainment for the kids who attend.

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Film Series

In 2013, the Junior League of Reading began to shift our focus from multiple direct programming projects to more of an issue-based community impact initiative. Through our “advocacy committee,” we searched for thought provoking films that would provide the perfect platform to raise awareness of some key issues surrounding our local and global communities.  Over the past 10 years, we’ve been able to spark diverse conversation through films that highlighted teen issues, digital awareness, women empowerment, and the ability to overcome adversity.

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Community Impact

With a focus on the emotional health of youth, the Junior League of Reading’s Youth Empowered program seeks to improve the self-esteem of our youth and empower them to become leaders in our community.

Our strategies include:

  • Increasing access to leadership programs and opportunities
  • Providing educational forums on issues affecting the development of positive self-esteem
  • Increasing opportunities for empowerment through youth volunteer service

Young Women’s Summit

The JLR’s Young Women’s Summit is a two-day workshop, facilitated by the members of JLR, for girls in local middle schools. The purpose of the Summit is to engage a diverse group of young women from Berks County in a meaningful dialogue that will: expand their developmental assets, cultivate their leadership skills, and empower them to make a difference in their community through civic engagement and the creation of a community project.

At the end of the two-day Summit, the young women will have identified their personal strengths, defined an area of need within the community, and have completed a service learning project to positively impact their community. This process will move these young women away from being objects of programs towards being the creators of a resource to positively impact their community.

- Learn More -

Olivet Boys & Girls Club

In November 2010, we started serving Thanksgiving dinner at the Oakbrook Club of Olivet to its members and their families. Fast forward to today, and this event is one of our most popular and favored among our members.  Our members volunteer to prepare turkeys, hams, all the sides and desserts that go along with Thanksgiving.  We deliver and serve the food while also providing entertainment for the kids who attend.

- Learn More -

Film Series

In 2013, the Junior League of Reading began to shift our focus from multiple direct programming projects to more of an issue-based community impact initiative. Through our “advocacy committee,” we searched for thought provoking films that would provide the perfect platform to raise awareness of some key issues surrounding our local and global communities.  Over the past 10 years, we’ve been able to spark diverse conversation through films that highlighted teen issues, digital awareness, women empowerment, and the ability to overcome adversity.

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Events

The Junior League of Reading’s members devote countless hours to planning and volunteering at our annual community events.  

JLR Bingo ~ Sunday November 12th

Advocacy Community Event  ~ March 2nd

Young Women’s Summit ~ February 24th & 25th and March 9th & 10th

Touch a Truck ~ Sunday April 21st 

Events

The Junior League of Reading’s members devote countless hours to planning and volunteering at our annual community events.  

JLR Bingo ~ Sunday November 12th

Advocacy Community Event  ~ March 2nd

Young Women’s Summit ~ February 24th & 25th and March 9th & 10th

Touch a Truck ~ Sunday April 21st