Greetings! We are delighted to bring you our first-ever community partner newsletter, In the Community. As a community partner of the Junior League of

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Greetings! We are delighted to bring you our first-ever community partner newsletter, In the Community. As a community partner of the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. (JLC), we thought you would be interested in learning about the many events and programs we're offering in the community. This is a quarterly digital newsletter that will provide updates on JLC events, as well as providing information on current non-profit trends, issues and training opportunities. We encourage you to contact us with questions and feedback, and we hope you enjoy it!

Sincerely,

Kelley Cobb, President

Elizabeth Kovacs, President-Elect

Katie Zeok, Community Impact Manager

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is TODAY, May 6th

Please Join Us for a Free Community Event Tonight!

Ask Me How I Am is a free community-wide event to raise awareness about youth mental health issues, to reduce stigma, and to encourage youth and families to seek help. The event will feature speakers, food, entertainment, door prizes and a screening of In Our Words*.

Ask Me How I Am
Thursday, May 6, 2010
5:30 pm – 8 pm

Great Aunt Stella Center
926 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte NC 28204

The Junior League of Charlotte is excited to partner with the Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health, WTVI, Teen Health Connection, Thompson Child and Family Focus, Parent Voice, MeckCARES, Child Fatality Prevention Team, Law Offices of Goodson & Piemonte, PC, ACTIVE Youth and Bank of America for this event.

*In Our Words was recently shown at the Mecklenburg County Public Health Forum on April 30, 2010, and will be shown on May 20, 2010 at Coulwood Middle School as part of CMS's Parent University.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Event

JLC to be at River Oaks Academy at 11am on May 6th

The JLC will be participating in a 30-minute session on May 6th at River Oaks Academy. They will be handing out healthy snacks and coloring books to 3rd graders, and talking to them about what the day means. Professionals will be present to talk to the kids about stress and other mental health issues.

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Art Therapy Highlighted at My Feelings Are a Work of Art, May 8th

Discover why art therapy is good for every child or young adult - and gain free admission to the Mint Museum of Art all day!

On Saturday, May 8, 2010, the Junior League of Charlotte and Arts for Life will provide free food and free art activities for children and young adults as well as the opportunity to discover the benefits of art therapy. Art therapy is a way for our youth to express their feelings and communicate with adults. This event is also a good chance to create something special for Mother's Day!

In honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, we are also pleased to announce an art exhibit at the Mint Museum of Art from May 3 - May 22, 2010 featuring the art of children participating in the Arts for Life program.

Arts For Life (AFL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children and young adults facing serious illnesses. Through art education, AFL enriches patients’ lives and encourages positive health care experiences for children and their families. Arts For Life helps children all day everyday in four cities across North Carolina. AFL's visual art, creative writing, and music programs decrease patient stress and anxiety, keep patients active and engaged, and help families cope with the realities of illness.

Author and Child Behavior Expert John Rosemond to Speak on May 16th

Join the Junior League of Charlotte and Levine Children’s Hospital on May 16th for an afternoon event The Well-Behaved Child with renowned parenting expert, John Rosemond. Rosemond, author of parenting books and a nationally syndicated columnist is a sought after public speaker.

The free seminar to be held in Carolinas Medical Center's Main Auditorium is open to the public. Sessions will be held from 2-3:30 pm and again from 4-5:30 pm. An hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the seminar.

Autographed books will be available for sale at the event. Prices are $15/$20 respectively for paperback/hardback copies. To register for the event, contact the Junior League of Charlotte at 704-375-5993.

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For Your Knowledge

We've included the following articles that we thought you would find of interest.

Online Fundraising
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Emerging Forces in 2010: Trends That Will Shape the Nonprofit World
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2010: Daunting Challenges Face the Nonprofit World
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More on the JLC's Community Impact Programs

IN OUR WORDS

JLC Introduces In Our Words

In Our Words is a 30-minute television special that illuminates the stories behind the faces of local children who share how they coped with losing a mother to breast cancer, family job loss, military deployment of a parent, death of a friend, and domestic abuse.

In Our Words, produced by the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc., NAKA productions, and WTVI shares resources for children and features local testimonies.

To obtain a copy of In Our Words please contact the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc., 704-375-5993.

Be a JLC Community Partner

In June, the JLC will begin their Community Partner Project Application process for 2011-12.

The JLC uses a set of qualifying guidelines in the process of selecting Community Partners. The organization and project shall serve the residents of Mecklenburg County and must be tax-exempt and provide proof of 501(c)(3) IRS exemption upon making a grant application. In the case
of a government body or agency, documentary evidence that the agency is an instrumentality of local, state or federal government will be necessary, in lieu of 501(c)(3) evidence. Applications are favored from organizations and programs consistent with the JLC Mission Statement and Focus Areas, as well as agencies/programs with prospects for continuing service or operation. Nonprofits interested in applying are encouraged to download the application, guidelines and criteria from the Junior League of Charlotte’s website.

The application will be available in mid-June, and will be due in early August. To be notified as soon as the applications are posted online, please contact Molly Tucker or Annie Kendall.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen is intended to teach children and their parents healthy choices and nutrition through the preparation of healthy meals. The goal of this initiative is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. The program is supported by a website, www.kidsinthekitchen.org. The website includes bilingual recipes, tips on nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyles as well as an interactive “Kid’s Corner” with an online nutrition game provided by Kids in the Kitchen international sponsor Cartoon Network. Be sure to check it out!

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Local Play Explored Issues Related to Child Abuse and Neglect

In April, theatre-goers had then chance to see The Turn of the Screw, a play that explored issues related to child abuse and neglect. The production of The Turn of the Screw was the 2009 winner of 5 Metrolina Theatre Association awards in Special Events: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Lead Male Actor, Outstanding Lead Female Actor, and Outstanding Technical Effect.

The play portrayed a young governess that journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two orphaned children. Her inquiries into the children’s unusual behavior uncover a dark secret about their relationships with their previous governess, Miss Jessel, and the valet, Peter Quint. The governess begins to see the specters of Quint and Jessel in the children. Are the spirits real, or are they a product of a twisted past?

The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. and Mecklenburg County Health Department hosted a talk-back panel of community experts to discuss the child abuse themes in the play.

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About the JLC

Our Mission

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

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