A feature that sets the Junior League apart from other not for profit community volunteer organizations is that a major focus of the League is training women to be leaders within our community. The Junior League of Kingston offers training in a variety of ways.
Our members learn meeting protocol, fund development, organizational skills and project planning and development by working on committees which provide services to the community. We also provide our members opportunities to attend International conferences which focus on leadership, communication skills and strategic planning.
Locally, we have provided training opportunities in a variety of areas. CPR certification and OSHA certification are two such examples. Members are also offered a wide range of classes or instruction on a multitude of topics. Recent programs have been Zumba, nutrition, knitting, and recreational-layout planning. Guest speakers also are invited to monthly General Membership meetings to speak on a variety of informative topics.
The New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior Leagues of New York (NYSPAC) is made up of 18 Junior Leagues and represents more than 8,000 women throughout the State of New York. NYSPAC focuses on public policy impacting women and health as well as children and families. Recent advocacy efforts have centered upon improving the lives of children in New York’s foster care system, combating human trafficking, securing healthier food and beverage options for children enrolled in New York’s public school system, improving the lives of victims of domestic violence, protecting children from sexual offenders, ensuring mental health parity under health insurance plans and supporting greater education on women’s health issues such as ovarian cancer.
In 1965 the Junior League of Toledo Ohio produced a documentary called “Fate of a River” that dealt with water pollution due to industrial waste. In 1966 the US House committee, during an investigation, called on this League to testify as environmental specialist who had saved a river.