Several members of the Junior Auxiliary of Warren recently attended an area meeting of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) held recently in Hattiesburg, MS.
Hundreds of women heard from Mississippi State Senator Sally Doty on the topic of Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Senator Doty currently sits on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s Task Force for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy. She said, “I cannot tell you how excited I am to have Junior Auxiliary spotlight this issue. I know very well the impact that Junior Auxiliary can have on an issue such as this, and I look forward to concrete results.”
NAJA recently adopted a National Focus for their chapters in developing new programs for 2013-2015. This new National Focus, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, is based on a universal need among children in our communities. In light of the alarmingly-high teenage pregnancy rates and the negative impact on the quality of life of teen mothers and their children, NAJA is encouraging its membership to discuss ways to develop and implement a program that addresses Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Reducing teen pregnancies is one of the most effective ways to improve a child’s well-being and reduce persistent child poverty.
This is the time of year when JA chapter programs are kicked into high gear, as students and teachers return to the classroom after summer break. What better way to get members energized for the upcoming year than with an opportunity for learning and networking? The 2013 area meeting focused on getting members ready to rise to the challenges facing our communities and our chapters. While several training workshops were offered for chapter officers, there were also informative sessions on creating new and exciting projects to best serve our community’s children. One such resource is “Connect with Kids,” which is an online tool provided to each chapter by the NAJA Foundation.
NAJA hosts area meetings across the southeast each year to offer training and assistance to the organization’s 101 Chapters. “This is one of the cornerstones of our NAJA mission,” said Leslie Vaughn, NAJA President. “It is important to offer more in depth resources and educational opportunities to benefit all of our chapter members and the communities they serve.” In particular, she noted, “We are excited about our new National Focus and the potential for developing new service projects around it.”
Junior Auxiliary represents a serious endeavor on the part of women to be active and constructive community participants and to assume leadership roles in meeting community needs. The mission of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries is to provide support, resources, and educational, leadership, cultural, and healthcare training for NAJA members in order to optimize community service by NAJA Chapters. These educational meetings for members give them the resources to be better community volunteers.
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