Meet Fostering Strength Keynote Speaker, Charell Star

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Charell Star, storyteller, on-air correspondent, and advocate for foster youth. Charell’s story did not start off as picture perfect but whose story does? With a mother in and out of rehab and a father in and out of jail, Charell found herself living with her great-grandmother and eventually in foster care with her younger sister. […]

Helping Habitat for Humanity

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Junior League of Cedar Rapids members Amber Blomme, Amy Fell, Mandy Ferrante, and Jessica Mizaur volunteered with the Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity on October 4th at one of their A Brush With Kindness days to help revamp some local neighborhoods in need of some love through landscaping!

What Happens When Growing Up Means ‘Aging Out’?

By AJLI Editorial Staff May 13, 2016  Each year, some 25,000 children “age out” of the foster care system in the U.S. A process known officially as “emancipation,” aging out more often means the loss of stability for young people unprepared for living as adults. In a no-punches-pulled report entitled “The Human, Social, and Economic […]


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IOWA FOCUSES EFFORTS TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING Human trafficking uses force, fraud or coercion to exploit someone for sex or labor. It is now a $150 billion industry, and it’s happening in Iowa.   SF 2191, approved unanimously by the Legislature and signed into law, establishes an Office of Human Trafficking within the Department of […]

Junior League Day on the Hill

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  On January 26th, members of the Junior League of Cedar Rapids joined members of theJunior League of Des Moines and the Junior League of the Quad Cities to meet with Iowa Lawmakers to advocate for victims of human trafficking. Though 30 cases of human trafficking in Iowa were reported in 2015, there are, on average, […]

Why We Do It

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The Junior League of Cedar Rapids has a long history of making a positive impact in our community. It’s important to us that our work have meaning and value today, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations of women. Our organization has been responsible for successes throughout Cedar Rapids like Playtime Poppy, the Science Station, […]

Project Provide Continues to Grow

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The Provide committee worked very hard during the 2014-2015 Junior League year to expand the way we  help our foster youth. After some brainstorming the committee decided to implement Refresher Packs. These are a small storage tote packed with some basic household cleaning items and toiletries that need replaced most often. For example they have toilet paper, […]