OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Recent events across the globe have brought us to a pivotal moment in history where we need to speak up for the values our organization believes in. The AJLI Board understands that it is important for us to listen, learn and engage. Conversations on race can be painful, hard and personal. It is more important than ever for us to be open, vulnerable and actively listening.

The Association of Junior Leagues International condemns discrimination, racism, and racial injustice in our communities and in our Junior Leagues. Black women and other women of color have been systemically denied equity and inclusion in our economy, education, civic privileges, and responsibilities in the voluntary sector, including in The Junior League. As affirmed by our member Junior Leagues, we are accelerating our efforts to take action and advance definitive, measurable policies and practices that eliminate racism in our countries, our communities, and our Junior Leagues. When we do this, we unlock tremendous power for our communities and realize our vision of women around the world as catalysts for lasting change.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE: THE NEXT STEPS

  • ALL Junior League Members will be invited to join a 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge
  • The Accelerator Fund will relaunch on July 1 with $10,000 of funding available to help Junior Leagues accelerate innovative programs to improve Diversity & Inclusion in their Leagues and local communities
  • The 2020-2021 Board Governance Work Plan to be developed by the end of June will include specific strategic actions around diversity, equity and inclusion
  • We will convene monthly Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtables for Junior League Task Forces and Committees to discuss institutionalizing equity
  • The AJLI Board will focus on the steps to turn the statement into a long-term External Policy and strengthen our value statement on diversity and inclusion to include concepts of equity

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OUR MISSION

The Junior League of Billings, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The League shall not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion or national origin. We are currently focused on increasing learning opportunities and the potential to thrive for low-income families and children.

WHO WE ARE

The Junior League of Billings is an organization committed to improving our community by training women to be effective civic leaders. We are currently working to increase learning opportunities and the potential to thrive for families and children in our community. Founded in 1954, the League started many well know organizations, including the Tumbleweed Runaway Program, Venture into the Schools and Wise Wonders, A Montana Children’s Museum.

OUR COMMUNITY FOCUS

We are currently working to increase learning opportunities and the potential to thrive in children and families in the Billings community.  We partner with many other agencies in Billings to provide enrichment opportunities for children and families including Wise Wonders, a Montana Children’s Museum, Early Childhood Intervention Services, and the Montana Rescue Mission.  Our most recent signature project has been No Cost Laundry Days in partnership with local laundry facilities to allow families the opportunity to clean their clothes, bedding, coats without the burden of payment.

TRAINING

We facilitate leadership training and development for women.  For instance, a woman working in healthcare can volunteer in fund development or public relations, broadening her skill set.  This is vital to our mission and sets the Junior League apart from other service organizations.

In the past two years, we have held Women’s Leadership Conferences open to our members and the public, bringing in developmental speakers including nationally known speakers, Vicki Clark and Dale Smith Thomas.

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