Community

We build women who build our community.

Established in 1931, the Junior League of Long Beach (JLLB) has been the driving force behind the kinds of initiatives and institutions that make our community a healthier, more vital place to live. Throughout its history, JLLB has developed, supported and launched more than 60 projects into the community — making a measurable, positive impact on the welfare of greater Long Beach children and their families.

The Junior League of Long Beach works with community partners in Long Beach to combat bullying through character development and life schools programs for 5th to 8th graders and their caregivers to encourage relationship building and respect for self and others.

  • Confidence & Me: The Confidence & Me free half-day workshops are held around Long Beach four times a year and include topics on self-esteem building; anti-bullying; leadership skills; communication skills training; conflict management strategies; decision making/goal setting/life skills; and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Especially Me!:  Especially Me! is an interactive class designed to teach 5th grade girls the skills they need to be happy and confidence, to make good decisions, to be assertive, to express themselves, and to have a strong sense of self. The goal of this program is to instill the idea in each girl that she is unique and special and she can take control of her own life!
  • Kids in the Kitchen:  Building on the success of previous years, we expect about 1,200 Long Beach children and their families to attend our main event each March for National Nutrition Month, where they enjoy more than 30 interactive and informational booths related to health, fitness, and nutritious food.
    • Besides our free main event, JLLB also hosts mini Kids in the Kitchen events throughout the year, teaching healthy cooking lessons to underserved youngsters.
  • Advocacy:  The Junior League of Long Beach is committed to serving the needs of children in the greater Long Beach community and throughout the state of California through our advocacy efforts. Like many non-profit organizations, JLLB conducts two primary types of advocacy: community and legislative.
    • Community advocacy involves changing the ideas and attitudes of the public through education programs that may include direct mail, publications, group presentations, press releases, and a website. Non-profit advocacy to influence legislation may involve legislative monitoring, committee testifying, lobbying, writing position statements or papers, organizing networks and coalitions, and a variety of other activities.
    • JLLB has a series of position statements in these areas of legislation that we take into consideration.