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.
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!
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.
Catherine McKnight, lovingly known as “Granny”, was Justin’s grandmother and the matriarch of the Wynn family. She was a beloved teacher in Evanston School District 65 for more than 30 years and an unwavering supporter of the Justin Wynn Fund. The Justin Wynn Fund Board of Directors created the Catherine McKnight Scholarship in 2019 to honor both her memory and her passion for education and community service.