Pamela Lynch, President
Organization: The Junior League of Boston
The Junior League of Boston works with numerous schools and Boys and Girls Clubs to provide positive role models to girls in Greater Boston and to support them with the skills and confidence to thrive in life. Through our programs like Leader Within, a signature JL Boston project, we empower girls to discover their strengths and practice civic leadership. When I was growing up, mentors broadened my perspective on what was possible. I initially decided to go into chemical engineering because of a recommendation from one of my mentors. Now, I hope to inspire girls to be anything they want to be because a support structure is valuable, and the benefits of mentoring go both ways. Like a house needs a solid foundation, so do the girls in our community. Through the Junior League of Boston, I mentored three girls consecutively at Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence Campus in Arlington for one year each. Every time I build a relationship with a girl who has faced adversity, I learn so much about open-mindedness, communication, and patience. I feel like I am making a real difference in their lives by developing tomorrow’s healthy confident women leaders. We train members to act effectively as community volunteers through an established volunteer leadership curriculum. JL Boston signature programs have custom curriculums that help volunteers engage with young people in semi-structured sessions. Volunteers will get comprehensive training before engaging in one-on-one mentoring relationships, career counseling, and educational programs related to health and the arts. The Junior League of Boston is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League of Boston was established to educate young women in how to address and resolve the community problems and needs throughout Greater Boston. For more information, please visit www.jlboston.org.