New JLE Organization Focus & 2016-17 CAF Grant Recipients

On September 14, 2016 The Junior League of Edmonton awarded YWCA Edmonton and Kids on Track  with Community Assistance Fund grants in support of their programs. These organizations were chosen because of their alignment with the Junior League Edmonton’s new focus: girls’ self-esteem and mental health.

Kids on Track is committed to enriching the lives of children and families from difficult socio economic backgrounds  through recreational and educational activities. Junior League Edmonton is pleased to support their girls’ backpacking trip with the goal of increasing girls’ physical literacy.

YWCA Edmonton offers quality programming addressing key social issues facing young women through their GirlSpace program. The Community Assistance Fund will support the program’s focus of building girls’ self-esteem and raising their awareness about violence, body image and more.

The Junior League of Edmonton’s focus on girls’ mental health and self-esteem is timely and relevant.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation reports :

As girls enter adolescence, from ages 9 to 13, their confidence declines sharply and they experience higher rates of depression. In Grade Six, 36% of girls say they are self-confident, but by Grade Ten this has plummeted to only 14%.7 However, by Grade Ten rates of depression in girls have jumped—they are three times more likely than boys to be depressed.9 For girls, depression typically stems from “low self-esteem, negative body image, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and stress.10

The Junior League of Edmonton is proud to support initiatives that will help alleviate the detrimental effects low self-esteem and poor mental health has on girls.

The Junior League of Edmonton is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.