Junior League of Phoenix Foundation elects Bettina Vance-Johnson as Board Member
Junior League of Phoenix Foundation elects Bettina Vance-Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer of Urbanly Managed Inc., as Board Member for a term of two years
By: Urbanly Managed Inc.
Since 2004 the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation (JLPF) has granted $147,841 to programs that help empower and educate children and help women develop essential leadership skills.
The JLPF conducts an annual grant cycle each Spring. During this grant cycle, the Foundation requests funding proposals for programs that support the mission of the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP). The Foundation board evaluates and votes on each proposal and awards monetary grants based largely on the total dollar amount raised over the past 12 months. Grant recipients are notified at the Junior League of Phoenix May Annual Celebration.
The JLP programs below are past recipients of Foundation grants.
Arizona ranks 15th worst in the country for food insecurity, the obesity rate has more than doubled over the last 15 years in the state, and the USDA's "Food Desert" locator shows 55 areas in Maricopa County alone where people have low access to a supermarket or large grocery store. Healthfest, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, is an all-encompassing free, health and wellness event. Families participate in interactive exhibits and demonstrations that promote nutrition, fitness, physical and mental health, and provide them with resources that they can take home to incorporate what they have learned into their everyday lives. The event also offers free immunizations and screenings including but not limited to, HIV, cancer, vision, dental, and prenatal ultrasounds.
Kids in the Kitchen (KITK)
The JLP helps to empower youth and families to adopt healthy habits and reverse the growth of childhood obesity in Maricopa County. KITK programming helps increase children's awareness of the nutrition in everyday foods, improves the quality of healthy food that kids eat by showing them easy and tasty ways to eat better, and increases the amount of exercise that kids do during their daily routine.
Raising Our Children's Knowledge by Educating Through Science (ROCKETS)
It is estimated that Arizona will see a 23 percent increase in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs by 2024(1). However, many employers worry that students are not going to graduate with the skills they need to meet the growing demand. The ROCKETS Teacher Launch Seminar is a half-day training that provides pre-K and elementary school teachers, science educators, and after-school program educators from districts around the Valley, with non-stop, hands-on science activities, enriching the lives of more than 1,000 students each year.
Organizational Development Institute (ODI)
Recent studies show that women make up only 21% of C-suite positions, and only 22% of Senior VP positions (2). The ODI hosted by the Association of Junior Leagues, International is a 3-day leadership development training that helps develop capacity in upcoming leaders of Junior Leagues around the country. Many of the women who attended the ODI have stated that this type of leadership development training has not only encouraged them to apply for leadership positions within the Junior League, but also in the workplace.
Bettina's extensive background as a volunteer began, while a spouse of an active duty soldier with the US Army. She was a volunteer for nine years, where she served in Family Readiness Groups (aka Family Support Groups). She held positions as Leader and Army Family Team Builder (AFTB) Instructor. She also volunteered in committees focused on presenting policies and/or policy changes on matters that affected the families of active duty soldiers and went on to volunteer as a Relocation Specialist for the US Army Recruiting Headquarters.
Bettina is a former Board Member of Gift of Adoption Phoenix Chapter, Mocha Moms Inc., National Sales Network Phoenix Chapter, and a Leadership Team Member of Sisterhood Extravaganza Inc. In these organizations, she held positions as Director of Board Member Recruitment, National Director of Chapter Affairs and Relations, Director of Administration and Vice President of Events. Her volunteer experience also includes, an elected member of the Northeast Maricopa Regional Partnership Council of First Things First-At Large Representative, Workshop Facilitator at Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Resource Management Community Impact Member for Valley of the Sun United Way and committee member of UMOM New Day Centers Annual Children's Charity Golf Tournament Planning Committee. Bettina is also an alumni member of Phoenix Black Board of Directors Project.
Bettina is the founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Urbanly Managed Inc. Urbanly Managed Inc. (formally Urbanly DIVA Inc.) is a consulting firm specializing in nonprofit organization structuring, board development, strategic planning and nonprofit organization event forecasting. Urbanly Managed Inc. consults with for-profit businesses helping them become socially active within the community. Bettina has earned the title as a Nonprofit Organization Strategist.
Junior League of Phoenix Foundation Mission
The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation fosters and sustains the mission and community impact of the Junior League of Phoenix through stewardship of financial resources. The Junior League of Phoenix is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
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