Since 1971, CASPAC has represented the interests of its member leagues and their community projects to policymakers on the national and state levels. SPAC advocates for legislation in areas related to its member leagues’ projects and issues in the following four focus areas: health, education, family support, and violence prevention.
“We are ecstatic to welcome the Junior League of San Joaquin County who bring their unique regional perspective and member involvement to the collective voice of our statewide advocacy efforts,” said 2013-2014 SPAC Co-Chair Kristen Del Simone. The Co-Chairs worked with JLSJC leadership throughout the year, including having several members from San Joaquin County attend SPAC’s Spring Conference in Sacramento this May. 2013-2014 CASPAC Co-Chair September Hill added, “JLSJC recognized the importance of combining direct service, capacity building and advocacy in order to create greater community impact in their region. We are thrilled to have JLSJC as a provisional member of our delegation.”
Focused on improving the health, education and welfare of women and children, The Junior League of San Joaquin County (JLSJC) serves as a much-needed volunteer resource and as a catalyst for positive change through partnerships with many nonprofit organizations locally. Since 2009, the League has implemented direct service programs to raise the literacy level in their adopted Kindergarten-8th grade schools. JLSJLC has created training programs for its members to be effective volunteers, and has become a source of leaders in government, private enterprise, and the non-profit community.
“Our membership’s decision to participate in SPAC marks a continuation of our own local community advocacy efforts and will amplify the impact of our volunteers’ contributions,” said JLSJC President (2013-2014) Nicole Goehring. CASPAC is comprised of two delegates from each of its 17 member leagues. The members of the CASPAC delegation advocate for specific legislation relevant to its member leagues’ issues; educate their home Junior League members about advocacy and public policy; and coordinate the exchange of information from community-based league projects to policymakers. Since 1992, SPAC has sponsored six bills and co-sponsored three bills that are now California Law; sponsored one California Resolution; and co-sponsored one Congressional Resolution. SPAC is currently sponsoring AB 2035 (Chesbro), which creates a statewide framework to protect trafficked youth in California.
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