Our mission is to celebrate and nurture youth leaders by helping them develop a deep sense of self and responsibility for improving their communities.
The youth in our program serving the community during the 2020-21 program year
During the pandemic shortened 2019-20 program year, the JWLA volunteered 486 hours and partnered with the following community organizations:
- A Just Harvest Community Kitchen, Chicago
- Alliance for the Great Lakes, Evanston
- Beth Emet Synagogue, Evanston
- Bundled Blessings, Evanston
- Campus Kitchens, Northwestern University
- Connections for Abused Women and their Children, Chicago
- Connections for the Homeless, Evanston
- The Cradle, Evanston
- Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association, Evanston
- Family Focus, Evanston
- Gates Manor, Wilmette
- Girls Play Sports, Evanston
- JUF Uptown Cafe, Chicago
- The Kindness Connection, Northbrook
- The Mather, Evanston
- Meals on Wheels, Evanston
- Parks & Recreation Adopt-a-Park, Evanston
- PEER Services, Evanston
- Unitarian Church of Evanston
- YWCA, Evanston/North Shore
A portion of the proceeds raised at the 3rd annual JWF SoccerFest on September 1, 2019 was donated to Family Focus.
Due to COVID-19 the 16th annual JWLA 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was cancelled, but the JWF still made a donation to Rainbows for all Children.
The pandemic couldn’t stop us from having a great 2020 JWLA Leadership Camp on August 8 and August 9. We held camp at the Evanston Lighthouse Beach Shelter. We had two different groups of Wynners each day; close to 70 Wynners in all. The Wynners safely participated in team building activities and had discussions about being a leader and the needs of our community. They also had fun doing yoga, playing games and doing tie dye. It was great way to start off the 2020-21 program year!
ETHS graduates Mya Allen and Nicole Mosquera were selected to receive the 2020 Catherine McKnight scholarship. Mya and Nicole were honored at the virtual ETHS Senior Scholarship Night held on May 13, 2020
Mya will pursue her education at Reed College and will major in Computer Science. Nicole plans to study Neuroscience in college.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mya and Nicole!
The 2019 Marcia Wynn Award was presented to Kathy McDermott and Ronda Reneau at the Parent/Board dinner on September 25th.
The Justin Wynn Fund created the Marcia Wynn Award in 2016 to honor parents who have been dedicated volunteers and supporters of the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.
Congratulations and thank you!
Pictured from left to right: Kaila Holland, Ronda Reneau, Kathy McDermott, Drew McDermott
Thank you to all the participants, volunteers, sponsors, and partners for helping to make the 2019 SoccerFest a huge success!