The JMF Junior Board acts as ambassadors for the Foundation’s mission to serve children of all abilities. Jacquie Baker, Junior Board member, describes her time with this group of dynamic high school students, and the impact the Joseph Maley Foundation has had on her life.

My experience with JMF started in Kindergarten at St. Monica when JMF came to talk to us about disABILITY Awareness week. I became a member of the JMFriends Puppet Troupe, speaking to children and teaching them about disabilities. At the end of my 8th grade year, JMF came to talk about the Junior Board. I knew that I needed to apply so that I would be able to continue the JMF mission and spread that message to all.

After only being on the Board for a month, I was changed. I found that I could live out the JMF mission by becoming an advocate for equal treatment for all, as well as better education about disabilities in schools, in order to have a better community.

In addition, I cannot imagine how my life would be without being part of the Junior Board. The Board has become another family for me, where everyone truly cares for each other. I have found a place where everyone is passionate about being a voice for education about disabilities and equal treatment for all.

With the Junior Board, we are able to make a difference through so many activities, like fundraising activities, and speaking at events. Our actions help to cultivate the same sense of passion about the JMF mission in others. Joining the Junior Board was the best decision I made since I am able to help spread the beauty of what the Joseph Maley Foundation does to everyone.

Post written by: Jacquie Baker, Junior Board member