The Junior League of Fort Smith, Inc is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women,
and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational
The Junior League of Fort Smith reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who exemplify a commitment to
voluntarism and desire to improve the community around them.
JLFS "Aging Out of Foster Care" Task Force starts Feasibility Study
Out of the 4,038 kids in state care at the end of the 1st quarter (Quarterly Performance
Report, 1st quater SFY 2014), 202 were 18 or over. Another 727 were between the ages of
14-17. An average of 286 of these kids move into the adoption status--meaning they are
available for adoption/parental rights have been terminated--and need a permanent
placement/home. Unfortunately, these kids are the least likely group to be adopted. Thus
they are more likely to become homeless, or end up in prison.
The JLFS Aging Out of Foster Care Task Force is at the beginning stages of conducting a
statewide feasibility study for youth "aging out of foster care," particularly the group
mentioned above. The purpose behind the study is to determine the Independent Living
needs of these kids as they transition out of the system without a family or a home. In an
effort to help them live independently, and not become homeless, the feasibility study will help guide the JLFS in the next stages of providing Independent Living o
JLFS hosts Annual Independent City for local Foster Youth "Aging Out"
Think you're ready to leave the Foster Care System? This question is what the JLFS is asking local youth transitioning out of foster care.
Foster Youth ages 14-21 are invited to participate in the first annual Independent City hosted by the JLFS. Independent City is a mock city designed to prepare transitional youth on how to live on their own outside of the foster care system. The transitional youth will set out on their own, with money and the freedom of independence at Independent City. As they proceed through the City, they will have opportunities to learn about job preparedness, banking, housing, education, and more. They will be faced with temptations and rewards, and in the end, learn what the world might look like for them when they "age out."
Independent City will be held Saturday, April 5 from 2-4pm at the UAFS Baldor Engineering Building.
HOLIDAY MARKET IS NOW ACCEPTING MERCHANTS
Email JLFSHolidayMarketMerchants@gmail.com to receive your application for Holiday Market 2014.
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Reach Out and Run 5K/10K
Want to warm up? Join the JLFS for their 3rd annual Reach Out and Run 5K/10K. Both the 5K and 10K courses are certified and chip-timing will be used!
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Chaffee Crossing, Saturday, March 8.
Proceeds benefit the JLFS and their community projects which impact transitional youth "aging out" of foster care.
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JLFS honored as Fort Smith Favorites!
e-Fort Smith magazine and the community of Fort Smith honored the JLFS as Fort Smith Favorites in two of the magazine's categories. The JLFS Holiday Market was voted as the best non-profit event/fundraiser and the JLFS impact area of working with transitional youth "aging out of foster care" was voted as the best non-profit campaign! With Sebastian County having the largest percentage of foster care youth in the state, the JLFS is proud that our efforts to support this group is being supported by the community!
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