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The Junior League of Reading, PA, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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To accomplish our mission, we depend on both our enthusiastic and committed members and outside support in the form of donations and sponsors. - Learn About Becoming a Member - - Learn About Donating -

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 four-day, professionally facilitated workshop for at-risk girls in grades 6 and 7. 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 four-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 developed an endeavor that brought us to the Oakbrook Club of Olivet to serve Thanksgiving dinner for their members and 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 that attend.  We have face painting and a magic show just to name a few of the activities.

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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 four-day, professionally facilitated workshop for at-risk girls in grades 6 and 7. 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 four-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 developed an endeavor that brought us to the Oakbrook Club of Olivet to serve Thanksgiving dinner for their members and 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 that attend.  We have face painting and a magic show just to name a few of the activities.

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Events

The Junior League of Reading has more than 70 active members and 160 sustaining members.  Our membership consists of business owners, professional women, working mothers, and stay-at-home moms who devote countless hours to help improve our community.

Women2Women

The Junior League of Reading is proud to partner with Berks Women2Women for the 2018-2019 Women2Know Speaker Series. The speaker series features notable inspiring women who want to share their life lessons and stories of hope and triumph. The kick-off speaker is Janice Kaplan, author of fourteen books, including New York Times bestseller The Gratitude Diaries and her latest hit How Luck Happens.

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Fall Fest

Fall Fest is a fun, casual event which includes tasty food, beer/wine/spirit tasting, live music, a silent auction, and more! All monies raised through this event support the Junior League of Reading’s Youth Empowerment Initiative.

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Touch-A-Truck

April 20, 2019

Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on learning experience for children to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreation vehicles, farm equipment, emergency vehicles, motorcycles and much more! Enjoy this fun community event where kids can climb on, scramble over, and touch a variety of vehicles. Join us for live music, food, games, face painting and Special Reading Fightin’ Phil actives at the ballpark. A sensory-free hour will be available for those who prefer a quieter environment.

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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 6 years, we’ve been able to spark diverse conversation through films that highlighted teen issues, digital awareness, women empowerment, and the ability to overcome diversity.

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Events

The Junior League of Reading has more than 70 active members and 160 sustaining members.  Our membership consists of business owners, professional women, working mothers, and stay-at-home moms who devote countless hours to help improve our community.

Women2Women

The Junior League of Reading is proud to partner with Berks Women2Women for the 2018-2019 Women2Know Speaker Series. The speaker series features notable inspiring women who want to share their life lessons and stories of hope and triumph. The kick-off speaker is Janice Kaplan, author of fourteen books, including New York Times bestseller The Gratitude Diaries and her latest hit How Luck Happens.

- Learn More -

Fall Fest

Fall Fest is a fun, casual event which includes tasty food, beer/wine/spirit tasting, live music, a silent auction, and more! All monies raised through this event support the Junior League of Reading’s Youth Empowerment Initiative.

- Learn More -

Touch-A-Truck

April 20, 2019

Touch-a-Truck is a hands-on learning experience for children to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreation vehicles, farm equipment, emergency vehicles, motorcycles and much more! Enjoy this fun community event where kids can climb on, scramble over, and touch a variety of vehicles. Join us for live music, food, games, face painting and Special Reading Fightin’ Phil actives at the ballpark. A sensory-free hour will be available for those who prefer a quieter environment.

- 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 6 years, we’ve been able to spark diverse conversation through films that highlighted teen issues, digital awareness, women empowerment, and the ability to overcome diversity.

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