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Community Projects

The heart and soul of the Junior League of Bakersfield is its community projects.  Funded by and initiated by Junior League volunteers, our projects identify issues in the community that JLB can directly help to alleviate.  For the last 50 years, we've had a multitude of projects, spanning a variety of issues.  

Past Projects:

  • Girl's Achievement Program (GAP): The GAP program is a unique educational and enrichment program for girls in the foster care system on the verge of being emancipated.  JLB volunteers instructed the girls on life skills that they might not otherwise receive, such as: applying for continuing education, how to budget and save money, how to cook and maintain nutrition, etc.

  • Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center Renovation: The Lori Brock Children's Discovery Center and the JLB enjoy a historical bond in that JLB founded the center in the 1970's. This project will provide the monies and volunteers to renovate the Kitchen/Science Center. The renovation of the Kitchen/Science Center will be utilized by 400-600 children who will be able to explore the world of science through a renovated center.

  • Kids in the Kitchen:  Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen is a nutritional seminar to help combat childhood obesity; fast becoming a national crisis as 1 in 3 children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. With a focus on balance and nutrition, fun and interactive lessons on how to make healthy food choices is presented. After the presentation, children break into groups and rotate through 5 different food stations; making healthy snacks and learning why they are healthy.

Past & Present Projects Funded by JLB

  • Adolescent Outreach

  • Alliance Against Family Violence

  • Bethany Homeless Center

  • Big Brothers

  • Braille Center Preschool

  • CALM – California Living Museum

  • Community Center

  • Community House

  • CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates

  • Educational Mini-Grants

  • Friendship House

  • Haven House Counseling Center

  • Lori Brock Children's Museum

  • Mercy Therapeutic Play Center

  • Bakersfield Police Activities League

  • Warm Line

  • Women's Business Conference

  • WIN – Women's Incentive Network

  • Young Audiences

  • Youth Connection

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