A critical part of our mission, the Junior League of Washington provides comprehensive and innovating training to equip our members to serve as civic leaders and advocates tackling critical issues, such as our League’s focus area of literacy. Through these member development initiatives, we are able to magnify our effect in the Washington, DC, community.
Our member development initiatives enable JLW to strengthen and support vital program services offered by community organizations across Washington, DC – increasing individual outcomes and bolstering our community impact. The organizations with which we partner know they can rely on JLW volunteers to be intelligent, reliable, motivated, and resourceful. By strengthening this network of women with the skillset and tools to volunteer and lead effectively, we are able to foster lasting community change.
Every JLW volunteers receives training throughout her League career – from her first year as a new member, where she is given the tools she needs to succeed as a volunteer in the Washington, DC, community, to continuing educational opportunities offered to our sustaining members.
We take pride in developing new and innovative ways to develop the potential of our members. The JLW Leadership Institute offers regular training in leadership skills to our members who are in or who are seeking leadership roles. These leadership development courses support community organizations in multiple areas: program volunteers, board leadership, community awareness, and public engagement. Since 2014, nearly 140 JLW members have completed the Get On Board training component of our Leadership Institute, which is specifically focused on equipping women to serve on community boards across Washington, DC.
Beyond leadership development, we ensure all members are equipped with the skills necessary to be effective volunteers. Every year, our Development & Training Committee hosts dozens of topic-specific seminars for our members. Recent subject areas have included: starting your own business; running for office; volunteering with underserved populations; conflict resolution; developing your personal brand; and navigating negotiations.
The leadership and training we provide is life-changing not only to our members but to our community partners and the individuals they serve. We believe in the value of paying it forward and that our strategy of training should extend to those we serve. Much of our involvement in the community involves further extending training opportunities to those in need – such as through our Community Training Committee, which works with community organizations around DC to help clients in recovery programs achieve personal goals through training on life skills like financial literacy, budgeting, resume writing, and more.
Not only are these training programs meaningful for our members, but they are also setting the standard for Junior League training. In 2017, JLW was honored with the Association of Junior League International’s Leadership Development Award, a $10,000 grant recognizing our leadership training.
If you are interested in learning more about our member development programs, please click here to email our Membership Development Council.