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!
Our Past Signature Projects
The Especially Me! Program was developed to help girls aged 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 “211” dialing service was created 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 that enables citizens to find information about almost any community service.
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 the League’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho and 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.