Girls Health Day is a one-day series of workshops to educate girls aged 8-14 about various issues including drug and alcohol abuse prevention, female health issues, self-esteem building techniques, healthy social media behavior and cyber bullying. Girls Health Day is usually held on the last Saturday in January and there is no charge to attend. This event is held at Lakeview Regional Hospital.
Project Prom/Project Homecoming helps junior and senior high school girls enjoy an evening at their prom or homecoming. Local high school counselors identify candidates as having special economic needs. Dresses, shoes and accessories are donated by members or local businesses. The girls are then invited to Dogwood Cottage “boutique for a shopping day” where they are free to choose an entire wardrobe at no charge. Due to the enthusiastic response to Project Prom, we launched a fall project, Project Homecoming, in 2015.
In partnership with St. Tammany parish government, JLGC continues its steadfast work on the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. The vision of the CMST is a community where play is encouraged, creativity is nurtured and learning is enjoyed. Exhibits and educational programs are being designed to encourage children to make new and surprising discoveries, explore the wonders of the local environment and planet, stimulate creativity and expression, and nurture the desire for life-long learning. We anticipate the opening of CMST in approximately three to five years. This is a project of enormous magnitude and one that will bring equal value of imagination, discovery, exploration, creativity and a love of learning to our children in St. Tammany. CMST’s first stop is Kid’s Town, located at the Mandeville Trail Head at Koop Drive, scheduled to open in Fall 2017! To get more detailed information about the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany and Kid’s Town, please visit their website at www.CMSTkids.org
Museum Without Walls is a traveling educational program, developed and implemented by Junior League volunteers. It brings creative learning to the preschoolers of St. Tammany Parish Schools. JLGC volunteers have visited area schools to spread the word about the future Children’s Museum of St. Tammany Parish. Museum Without Walls brings the vision of the museum to the students with activities and arts and crafts projects that focus on Louisiana’s nature, culture, flora and fauna. Funding by the JLGC is used for supplies, training and informational seminars.
JLGC is excited to announce a new project for the Fall 2017 year: we will be hosting a children’s craft area at the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival! This program was initially started by TRAF and the Junior League is excited for this opportunity to grow and expand on the existing activities. The JLGC Children’s Area at the Three Rivers Art Festival is free for all festival attendees. This project is scheduled to run through Fall 2020.
The Kids in the Kitchen program is an AJLI-initiative that was implemented in 2006. The program is designed to help communities address the growing issues surrounding childhood obesity and nutrition. JLGC implemented the project in 2006 as a one day event but more recently has hosted several events throughout the year focusing on nutrition and healthy eating.