Community Impact

The Junior League of Saint Paul strives to strengthen our community by providing innovative programs, education and thousands of volunteer hours through our various projects. The JLSP continues to find unmet needs in the community, develop programs to fulfill those needs and then passes those developed programs back to the community to continue once they are firmly and successfully established. JLSP also provides other non profit partners with trained volunteers to enhance or transform their own programs.

The League’s current initiative, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains seeks to impact children’s readiness to learn as it relates to the issue area of food insecurity and nutrition. To support this initiative our Backpack Buddies Program is designed to bridge the gap between Friday and Monday when food may not be available for children whose primary source of nutrition is the school cafeteria. Additionally, we have partnered with HungerFree MN, to support its goal to close the missing meals gap for Minnesotans, particularly children. Through these programs the League intends to help eradicate the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food.

Our Current Projects

Backpack Buddies

This program is designed to bridge the gap between Friday and Monday when food may not be available for children whose primary source of nutrition is the school cafeteria.

Partnership with Hunger-Free MN

We have partnered wtih Hunger-Free MN to help support its goal to close the missing meals gap for Minnesotans, particularly children. Through these programs the League intends to help eradicate the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food. 

Kids in the Kitchen

JLSP participates in this national Junior League initiative, conducting a yearly program to raise awareness and provide solutions for the growing health problems associated with childhood obesity.

Advocacy

JLSP educates, promotes and discusses the organization's initiatives with both the JLSP membership and the public, bringing a voice to JLSP's projects and informing the community on the importance of the issues.

Our Recent Projects

Saint Paul Plays!

This project brings the power of play to the community through city-wide Saint Paul game nights, in partnership with the City of Saint Paul Mayor’s office and Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, as well as events at local shelters and other community facilities.

Library Kids

JLSP introduces pre-kindergartners to the magic of reading and the resources of the public libraries by partnering with the Saint Paul Schools to provide over 3,500 children entering Kindergarten with their own book along with a brochure for their caregivers that includes reading lists, tips and encourages them to obtain their own library card.

Additional Projects

In addition to the listed projects, JLSP works in collaboration with community partners, as needed, by offering Junior League of Saint Paul volunteers for projects that are consistent with JLSP’s mission.  Most recently, JLSP partnered with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to bring the power of reading and play to a Saint Paul family.