The Junior League of Pasadena is preparing to launch a year of celebration and service to mark the organization’s 95th anniversary.
Since 1926, the JLP has worked to promote volunteerism, support the development of women and improve life in Pasadena, according to the group.
“The JLP is celebrating this momentous accomplishment throughout 2021 by having its members complete 950 hours of training and community engagement, recognizing 95 women who have contributed to the success of the JLP, highlighting 95 favorite recipes of members from our six cookbooks, and hosting social celebrations with its membership and the community all year long,” the organization said in a written statement.
JLP President Anna Agadjanyan said the efforts of the group over the decades are evident in the Pasadena of today.
“The Junior of Pasadena was started to help train and encourage female civic leaders. We see the effects of this training all around us,” she said.
“For 95 years, our amazing organization has been adjusting to the needs of our community and working to make our projects self-supporting,” Afagjanyan added. “All of these efforts have allowed new organizations to flourish, have their own journeys, and develop more female civic leaders, who in turn develop their communities and leave their own legacies.”
The Junior League’s current focus is on “the support and development of women with a specific focus on the development of business, entrepreneurship and leadership skills,” according to the statement.
Projects have included resume workshops, clothing donations, advocacy for legislation and coordinating with fellow local nonprofits, representatives said.
JLP has also long been a supporter of other community organizations, including the Pasadena Senior Center, KidSpace Children’s Museum, Armory Center for the Arts, and the Cornerstone Cottage in Northwest Pasadena.
More information on the Junior League of Pasadena can be found online at pasadena.jl.org.