"Someone To Talk To" Puppet Show
Since 2012, Junior League of Wichita members performed our "Someone To Talk To" puppet show for third- and fourth-graders throughout our community. The shows feature frank, age-appropriate discussions of physical and sexual abuse, and empower children with knowledge of what to do in these situations. More than 6,000 students have seen one of our shows, and several have come forward after performances to process concerns with their school counselors.
This website is a single-point resource for the Wichita community to learn about child abuse and how to get involved in helping to combat it. Junior League of Wichita volunteers worked to develop an up-to-date, user-friendly online resource that helps engage the community in our efforts to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention.
Junior League of Wichita is partnering with Wichita Public Schools this year to assist the McKinney-Vento program for homeless students. We will spend $7,500 on this endeavor as well as provide volunteers. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires that all schools provide homeless students with immediate access to an education, even if the child lacks school records, a birth certificate, medical/immunizations documents, or proof of residency. The Wichita Public Schools McKinney-Vento Office acts as a resource for homeless families and school personnel facing questions or assistance related to homeless children and youth so that they can overcome obstacles and barriers. The program provides services to more than 2,400 students. Junior League will assist with school supply backpacks, hygiene kits and transportation resources. Volunteers will help with monthly parent meetings, as well as assist with kit assembly and phone bank calls.