Leadership

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Our mission is to celebrate and nurture youth leaders by helping them develop a deep sense of self and responsibility for improving their communities.

IMPACT

The youth in our program serving the community during the 2020-21 program year

service hours to date in the 2020-21 program year
community partners to date in the 2020-21 program year

PARTNERS

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.

NEWS

2020 Marcia Wynn Award recipients honored

Kendra Morrill and Tom O’Hare received the 2020 Marcia Wynn Award at our Parent/Board Gathering on September 29. The Marcia Wynn Award honors parents who have been dedicated volunteers and supporters of the Justin Wynn Leadership Academy.  The Justin Wynn Fund created this award in memory of Justin’s mother, Marcia. Thank you Kendra and Tom!
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2020 JWLA Leadership Camp

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!

 

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The 2020 Catherine McKnight Scholarship recipients

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!

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2019 Marcia Wynn Award recipients

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

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A fun 2019 SoccerFest

Thank you to all the participants, volunteers, sponsors, and partners for helping to make the 2019 SoccerFest a huge success!

Results and photos are found on the SoccerFest Event page.

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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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