Yours for a Year

The “Yours for a Year” community impact initiative was designed to be a collaboration between Junior League of the Quad Cities and an organization chosen by our membership, with it's purpose being to meet a pre-determined need with specific and measurable objectives.  Over the course of a one year period, JLQC will provide both financial support and trained volunteers from our membership. 
 
This year, JLQC partnered with Triota, the Women and Gender Studies Honor Society at St. Ambrose University. JLQC supported Triota on their project "Raising Our Voices: Serving and Leading", which is a series of events throughout the year to educate the SAU campus and community about trauma-informed care, violence prevention, body image, and pay inequality.
 
Triota was chosen because the organization’s focus and projects support our "I AM" Initiative, which emphasizes JLQC's commitment to improving the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change.  Additionally, Triota's mission aligns with Junior League's advocacy positions on campus sexual assault, human trafficking, and women, families and work.


Events

Girls Empowerment Day
Over 65 middle school girls from Rock Island and East Moline learned about positive body image and improving self-image through the One by One "Girls Empowerment Day" workshop at Blackhawk College on April 16, 2016. The day included content from Triota's "Love Your Body" workshop.  The older girls viewed Girl Rising, a movie about how educating girls can break cycles of poverty, while the younger girls worked with Girls Scouts and women STEM majors at St. Ambrose to create their own perfume, lip gloss and potpourri. 

     

I Am an Emotional Creature - The Secret Life of Girls Around the World
In an effort to raise awareness and funds, Triota hosted a benefit performance of "I am an Emotional Creature," a collection of monologues edited by Eve Ensler, on Wednesday March 30, 2016.  Proceeds from the event were donated to the Family Resource’s Safepath program to help fund their shelters and counseling programs for survivors of violence.  This event was part of V-day, an international movement to raise awareness about violence against women. 


Love Your Body Workshop
JLQC members assisted with the Love Your Body Workshop on January 27, 2016.  Over 70 female attendees, ages 11 and up, came to St. Ambrose to learn about Health at Every Size and how to combat negative self-talk and media stereotypes.  

Social Justice Conference
The Junior League members participated in the Social Justice Conference held on October 20, 2015 at St. Ambrose.  The conference featured workshops on trauma-informed care, mediation and restorative justice.  The conference ended with the inspirational words from social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson.  Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law.  Stevenson has gained national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. 




The Clothesline Project
On October 1, 2015, JLQC members volunteered at the The Clothesline Project to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.  The shirts, made by survivors', displayed messages and pictures about their stories.  JLQC members handed out information and resources related to sexual assault to students on campus. 
 
                        
                                 
Trauma Informed Care Training
In September of 2015, over 50 JLQC members attended a Trauma Informed Care Training class to educate and prepare for The Clothesline Project and future events with Triota.