Looking to expand on the success of the Life Skills: Teens committee, the Junior League of Seattle launched Life Skills: Women in the 2011/2012 year. The Committee’s goal is to connect JLS members with the community by providing hands-on volunteer opportunities through community partners that already assist women in need. Life Skills: Women currently partners with three non-profit organizations: Mary’s Place, YWCA and New Beginnings. These partners provide a wide array of services including assistance with transitional housing, drug/alcohol counseling, assistance finding food and shelter and fulfilling basic needs of women living in the streets. Our goal is to provide a supplemental jobs training program to these women by establishing mentor relationships, providing inspiration and presenting tools applicable to real life.
The Life Skills: Women committee provides an opportunity for Junior League members to directly impact the lives of women in Seattle. Through our community partners we work with young parents (ages 16 -24), women rebuilding their lives after domestic violence, and women in transitional housing situations, all of whom are trying to better their lives. It is our goal to provide these women tools and knowledge so that they are better equipped to help themselves improve their situations.
In the first year of the program, Life Skills: Women presented three separate trainings programs focused on job hunting resources, resume writing, and interviewing techniques. The success and impact of the training at Mary’s Place, a women’s shelter in downtown Seattle, launched their own jobs program inspired by the Junior League training.
The Life Skills: Women group is hoping to build on the initial success of the program by creating a more robust training curriculum as well as follow up sessions with the partners and potentially expanding the program to more community partners in the future.