The Junior League of Topeka is pleased to announce Lauren Dreher as our keynote speaker for the 2022 Capital Impact Leadership Summit.
Lauren is a mindset speaker and the author of Go With Your Gut: Then Keep Going. She grew up with facial scars and after a childhood of subconscious negative self talk found herself in her mid twenties with low confidence, self esteem and needing direction. Her dream was to help people get past their outer image and build inner confidence. She discovered how important your mindset is. She loves to help people shift perspective and learn to manage their mindset. After all, our mindset is our choice.
Are you an educator or student in Topeka and surrounding counties?
Technology is one tool Traffickers use to target and groom victims of human trafficking. But teaching our kids safe Internet practices in an age appropriate way can be challenging and overwhelming. That’s where Into the Cloud™ can help! Into the Cloud™ is The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s online safety program geared toward children ages 10 and under.
This online, animated show, uses information and data from CyberTipline reports, and focuses the content of each episode on a different topic related to online safety, “from strategies for handling cyberbullying to recognizing and reporting unsafe/inappropriate interactions and content.”
In addition to the animated series you can find talking points and questions to guide conversations with the kids in your life. There are also resources for educators to help with consistent information on a more widespread level. So if you work with kids, take some time to check out the show together!
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States (previously referred to as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month). The Defense Department defines human trafficking as a crime in which force, fraud or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services or commercial sex. In 2019, Polaris, who runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline, identified 22,326 victims and survivors along with 4,384 traffickers in the US.
Members of the Junior League of Topeka came together Saturday, December 5, for their December General Membership Meeting. The morning was kicked off with a presentation by Mary Boland to show stress relieving yoga stretches and lead into brunch, a presentation by Becca Spielman about the YWCA’s work followed by trivia. During the meeting, Junior League members donated books, toys and art supplies for the children’s rooms at the Center for Safety & Empowerment.
This Thanksgiving we’re thankful for your support!
Thanks to your continued encouragement and support for the Junior League of Topeka, we were able to continue our work of connecting women, cultivating leadership and working together to bring lasting community impact despite the challenges we’ve faced the past 18 months. Over the last year—despite being in a worldwide pandemic—we have successfully:
Next week is Giving Tuesday! On Tuesday, November 30, people all around the world will join together for a common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving back. It unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world – just like the women of the Junior League have been doing for the past 85 years.
Please consider making a donation to the Junior League of Topeka to continue supporting women building better communities.
How long have you been involved with League? I joined in the fall of 2015, at the urging of my manager at the time.
What have you been involved with since joining the Junior League of Topeka? I’ve spent the strong majority of my League time on the Community Impact Council. Two of those years, I was Project Co-Chair when we had Diaper Depot. I’m now Project Coordinator and help manage our communications such as the weekly eblast!
Where did you grow up? I grew up outside the itty-bitty town of Sylvan Grove, KS. I moved to Topeka to attend Washburn University, and haven’t left!
What do you do for a living? I’ve been in Marketing at Kansas Lottery for nearly five years. Before that, I was at Prairie Band Casino & Resort for 12 years.
What do you love most about League? I love being able to give back to the community in a tangible way. It’s also been great meeting the lovely ladies of Junior League of Topeka, as well as people in the community.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to join Junior League of Topeka? Do it! Whatever it is you may be looking for, it can surely be found in the Junior League of Topeka. Just want some social time with the gals? It’s here. Looking to network professionally? Lots of contacts. Seeking fulfillment by helping others? Absolutely available.
What are you involved in outside of League? I’m currently on the board for USD 501 Parents As Teachers, and am looking forward to spending more time working with a couple groups at church. Our daughters are surely going to be getting more active, so I’m sure the chauffer lifestyle will be reinvigorated soon.
Tell me something else about you? I grew up on a farm, and love getting back as often as I can, which is never enough. Since our yard is not conducive to hoof stock, we did “allow” Santa to bring the girls each a rabbit last Christmas, in hopes to instill some life lessons. Those two rabbits have multiplied, though. If anyone would like one, just let me know!
To close out the Junior League of Topeka’s 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Initiative we presented the YWCA of Northeast Kansas with a $5,000 donation to help establish a children’s space in their emergency shelters. In addition to the donation, members also collected urgently needed items for YWCA residents.
“This week, members and friends of the Junior League of Topeka have joined together as advocates by wearing one black dress – the same black dress – for five days in a row to illustrate how limited resources affect daily life, and to raise funds to support the Junior League of Topeka and their projects to address key factors of poverty and community instability,” says Brie Engelken-Parks, President of the Junior League of Topeka. “This social experience shines light on how a lack of resources limits a individuals’ opportunities.”
By wearing a sticker or button that read “Ask me about my Dress,” LBDI advocates invited and welcomed dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness about generational poverty while they shared their journey’s on social media.
Poverty and lack of education form a vicious cycle that can be impossible to escape without the means to get a good job and change your life. This week was our 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Initiative campaign. Advocates have worn the same black dress for 5 days in a row to illustrate the effects that poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her self-esteem, and professional opportunities. Help us raise support efforts to break the cycle of poverty in Topeka. Thank you to the numerous women and community partners in Topeka who are helping #JLTopeka raise money for and bring awareness on the issue of community instability in Topeka. With your support we hope to meet our goal for this year! Click here to help make this happen:https://www.gofundme.com/charity/junior-league-of-topeka