The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.
I ran into a few women from Junior League at TEDxKC on Saturday, August 9. After attending all three events in the Kauffman Center, I can easily say this was the best one yet. All the speakers were amazing, inspiring and engaging. In conversation after the event with a couple of women from JLKCMO, I noticed how the themes of the night connect well with the mission of the Junior League.
Changing the Narrative
Every year, the organizers at TEDxKC choose one theme to weave throughout the TED talks. This year it was Changing the Narrative, and it definitely connects to the work of Junior League. Addressing issues of children’s health and nutrition changes the narrative for children across Kansas City. Whether it’s learning about how to make a healthy dinner together as a family or consistently access to food over the weekend with the BackSnack program, Junior League volunteers are making our community a healthier place to live.
Another of my favorite examples of changing the narrative is the work of the Treat Our Troops committee. Last year they overcame a government shutdown to host a family event for serviceman at a pumpkin patch. They took a time filled with stress and uncertainty and made it possible for families to enjoy a really fun event together. It’s a great example of how the diverse perspectives, backgrounds, professions and experiences within the League enable us to change the narrative in the Kansas City community.
Ideas Worth Spreading
This is the TED tagline, and it helps explain my goals for writing this blog. There are so many phenomenal Junior League women doing amazing things. Voluntarism is alive and well in Kansas City, and there are plenty of ideas worth spreading throughout our community.