We envision our community as a place where women and children have the resources and support to succeed in personal, family, social, educational and/or occupational endeavors.
Our Current Signature Project
Boise School Gardens are our current Signature Project. Our School Garden initiative works to to address childhood obesity and teach children healthy eating habits through hands-on learning in an outdoor setting.
Did you know that students that participate in garden-based education programs increase consumption of fresh healthy produce, increase test scores in science achievement test, AND develop positive attitudes about environmental issues?
In 2014, the JLB awarded funding and labor grants to two Treasure Valley schools, Joplin Elementary and Cecil Andrus Elementary.
Joplin Elementary reported the gardens provided an outdoor classroom where children from every grade level participated in hands on learning. In April, after the installation of the gardens, students planted seeds. They were able to tend to the young seedlings throughout the spring. Over the summer, Joplin families signed up to volunteer in the garden, watering, pulling weeds and were welcome to take home any produce to share with their families.
Each year, the Junior League of Boise will continue to build gardens at area schools. Our goal is to have one school garden at every elementary school in the Treasure Valley!
Click Here to learn how to join us and help build more gardens!
Click Here to donate money or supplies to help us build more gardens:
Our Past Signature Projects
The Especially Me! Program was developed by the Junior League of Boise to help girls from the ages of 9-12 navigate the upcoming changes in their lives. From 2003 to 2014, this project taught hundreds of young girls in the Treasure Valley to celebrate their uniqueness and understand that perfection is both unattainable and unnecessary to be successful and happy in life. Girls also learned about health, hygiene, nutrition and the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty as well as valuable skills such as decision making, assertiveness and building healthy friendships.
The Junior League of Boise created the “211” dialing service in a joint effort with United Way of Treasure Valley, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Mountain States Group to provide information and referral services for the community. Careline 211 is a telephone number just like “411” and “911” that enables citizens to find out information about almost any community service. The Careline has helped hundreds of thousands of Treasure Valley citizens obtain vital information that made a difference in their lives.
The Mentoring Institute
The Junior League of Boise provided funding and operational expenses for the first three years of operation for the Mentoring Institute of Idaho. The Mentoring Institute of Idaho was the result of our partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho that provides a resource for mentoring our community’s youth.
Discovery Center of Idaho
The Discovery Center of Idaho was created to provide a fun and educating experience to kids of all ages in the Treasure Valley. The Junior League of Boise worked with other community partners to create this unique place that provides inspiration for lifelong learning.
Other Signature Projects Include:
- The Literacy Lab (now “The Learning Lab”) (1990-1996)
- The Ronald McDonald House (1986)
- Boise Children’s Zoo (1968-1975)
Click Here to view a listing of all of the Junior League of Boise’s project over the years.
The Junior League of Boise’s Done-In-A-Day program is a series of projects that provide assistance to local non-profit organization by offering volunteers for community-based events on a short-term basis.
Done-In-A-Day volunteers can help with events such as food bank distribution, diaper drives, 10K race event support, and facility updates (painting, landscaping, etc), just to name a few areas of assistance. Volunteer placements are generally scheduled in four-hour shifts over a time span of half-a-day or one-day period.
Junior League of Boise Volunteers can also provide support at a variety of events including fundraisers; however with our Done-in-A- Day projects, our volunteers may not solicit funds or goods for an agency prior to or during an event.
If you would like to request volunteer support through the Done-in-A-Day program, please contact a member of the DIAD committee by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: DIAD Request.
Examples of Past Done-In-A-Day Partners include:
- UsFul Glassworks
- Idaho Food Bank
- Idaho Food Bank’s Empty Bowls
- Idaho Youth Ranch holiday gift wrapping
- Idaho Diaper Bank
- Ronald McDonald House
If Done-in-a Day Projects sound like fun, Click Here to learn how to join us and be a part of our Done-in-a-Day team!
You could say that training women to become community leaders is in our DNA. Since 1928 when the 28 charter female members founded the Junior League of Boise and created the first well-baby clinics and summer camps for underprivileged children in the Treasure Valley, the Junior League of Boise has been committed to developing the potential of women.
We know a thing or two about training phenomenal women- we’ve been doing it for nearly 90 years… Our members have been recognized by the Idaho Business Review with their Women of the Year and Accomplished Under 40 awards. We give TedX-Boise talks, sit on the boards of non-profits, lead companies, are leaders in our churches, all while balancing our our jobs, family obligations and relationships like champions!
We provide training for our members that will help them to become committed, strong, and effective leaders, collaborators, and volunteers. We believe that offering training equips our members to serve our community which will lead to making the Treasure Valley community stronger than ever before.
Our training opportunities focus on areas such as professional development, philanthropy, non-profit management, community needs, leadership, and personal development.