The Junior Leadership Board

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The mission of the Junior Leadership Board (JLB) is to connect high school students with Children’s through a variety of activities including volunteering, fundraising, learning about careers in the medical industry, and much more.

The Board serves as support to Children’s Foundation Board of Trustees and is comprised of high school students from a variety of Dallas and Collin County schools. The Board term runs from August through May and meets eight times over the course of the school year, typically on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Board members are expected to attend Board meetings, volunteer at special events for the hospital, help fundraise, and inspire others to become involved. Additionally, Board members will philanthropically benefit Children’s by providing a personal contribution of at least twenty-five dollars at the start of their term and, collectively as a Board, raise funds for the hospital.

Children’s provides many different opportunities for involvement throughout the year. In addition to opportunities to visit playrooms and participate in board meetings, members are also given the chance to help out at events such as Children’s Red Balloon Run & Ride  , the hospital’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the annual Holiday Parade. Members receive community service hours for participating in JLB activities that can be applied toward their high school service requirements.  

“We encourage the whole board to volunteer regularly,” Michelle Gross, staff advisor for the JLB, said. “They don’t have to, and we certainly understand their busy schedules, but they certainly can if they’re willing and have the time.”

About Us

The JLB was established in 2010 by Caroline Cooper, a teen who saw an opportunity for high school students to make a difference for Children’s.

Cooper believed that her peers could not only help by volunteering at the hospital but also by fundraising for our not-for-profit medical center. She realized, too, that teens would benefit from learning about the inner-workings of the medical environment and fulfilling community service requirements.

So, she reached out to high school students from around the Dallas area and found a group of likeminded friends from several different schools. They set goals for the JLB to raise funds annually and for each member to volunteer at Children’s at least five hours a month.

During the first year, the JLB created an annual holiday toy drive for patients at the hospital. Subsequent years have seen the group raise funds through sales of a Children’s homecoming mum ribbon, change drives, and special events with guest speakers like Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.

Now in its fourth year, the JLB has raised over $25,000 for the hospital and has provided in-kind support and volunteer service hours that have benefitted thousands of patients.

How to Get Involved

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Board term. If you are a high school student who will be 16 years of age or older by October 1, 2014, and interested in becoming a member, please complete this application  and submit with two recommendation forms. You may email your application and recommendation forms to jlb@childrens.com,  fax to Michelle Gross at 214-456-8399, or mail or drop off at the address below.

Michelle Gross
Children’s Medical Center Foundation
2777 North Stemmons Freeway, Suite 700
Dallas, TX  75207

Applicants will be notified by email about their applications in May 2014. If you have questions about this application and/or the JLB, please email jlb@childrens.com or contact Michelle Gross at Children’s Foundation at 214-456-8360.