The Joseph Maley Foundation serves children of all abilities through programs that engender compassion and respect for the diversity of life. One of unique ways we are able to support our mission is through a working Junior Board of Directors, comprised of high school students who act as ambassadors for JMF programs and engage their peers in service and leadership activities.
Junior Board members currently represent thirteen high schools in central Indiana, which gives students a unique opportunity to meet and befriend like-minded individuals from other high schools. These students gain leadership experiences through the lens of a non-profit organization. Members have opportunities to volunteer with JMF programs, such as HOPE and Joseph Maley Fitness. Students also have the ability to run for an Executive Committee position, which provides an even deeper look into the many moving pieces required to keep a successful non-profit organization running smoothly.
Senior Éamon Laughlin, a student at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and the Junior Board Committee Coordinator, said, “The biggest benefit of being a Junior Board member is having exposure to JMF’s programs from such a young age. It has prepared me for the future and shown me how and why to care about people in my community.”
Members also participate in planning and coordinating several fundraising events throughout the year. One of these is the annual Chili Cook-Off, in which Junior Board members challenge the adult Board of Directors to a chili competition. This year’s event was a big one for the Junior Board, as they won all three categories of competition: Judge’s Choice, Best Overall Chili, and the Mr. and Ms. Chili titles.
We are currently accepting applications for Junior Board. If you are, or know of, a student currently in 8th grade through 11th grade, who has a desire to serve children of all abilities as part of a unique leadership experience, please fill out our online application.
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Courtney Basso, Communications and Events Manager