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 2019-20 program year

(Final totals for the 2018-19 program year: 794.5 service hours and 26 community partners)

service hours to date in the 2019-20 program year
community partners to date in the 2019-20 program year


Wynners at the JWLA Leadership Camp!

Over the August 9-11 weekend, 56 Wynners came to the YMCA Camp Duncan for the annual JWLA Leadership Camp. It was a weekend packed with meetings, team building, plenty of fun, and very little sleep! What a great way to start the new program year!
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2019 Catherine McKnight Scholarship Recipients Honored

Congratulations to ETHS graduates, Jacelyne Myrthil and Shawn Johnson, Jr., recipients of the first annual Catherine McKnight Scholarship Awards.  This fall, Jacelyne will be attending Western Michigan University and Shawn will study at MoreHouse College.
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The 2011 Justin Wynn Awards recipients graduate from ETHS

Congratulations to the 2011 Justin Wynn Award recipients on their graduation from ETHS this spring.  This senior class was recognized at the Justin Wynn Awards Brunch held on May 5, 2019, at the Hilton Orrington Evanston.  Their leadership will be missed in the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.
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The 2019 Justin Wynn Awards Brunch

In a ceremony at the Hilton Orrington Evanston, the Justin Wynn Fund honored the 32nd class of Justin Wynn Award recipients.  Attendees included Mayor Hagerty, Dr. Witherspoon, Dr. Goren, Alderman Braithewaite, and Former Mayor Tisdahl.
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2019 JWLA 3-on-3 Tournament was a success!

Over 200 players, from 1st through 8th grade, participated in the JWLA 3-on-3 Tournament on March 10.  A portion of the proceeds from the 2019 tournament were donated to Connections for the Homeless. Thank you to all the participants!
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The 2019 Buddy Portugal Award recipients

At the annual Justin Wynn Fund Red Tie Soiree, the founders and leaders of Girls Play Sports received the 2019 Buddy Portugal Award.  Megan Livatino, Chris Livatino, and Liz Brieva were honored for their outstanding contributions to Evanston’s youth.
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