Girls Health Program –The Girls Health Program is a three party series of workshops to educate pre-teen and teenage girls about various issues including drug and alcohol abuse prevention, female health issues, self-esteem building techniques, grooming and health maintenance. Three workshops are planned each year. A community survey was conducted and JLGC has decided to address concerns regarding social media and cyber bullying in the 2015-2016 program.
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. To get more detailed information on the Museum and its progress, 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 been visiting 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.
Reading Every Day (R.E.D.) is the signature literacy project of the Junior League of Greater Covington. This program is designed to promote reading as a family at home, which translates to greater reading fluency when children enter school.
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 is working to expand this project by hosting several events throughout the year.