New York, May 21, 2014 – The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) today announced that Brandi Cropper of the Junior League of San Diego and Rosalind Lucien of the Junior League of Lehigh Valley are co-recipients of the 2014 Rising Star Award. The award, which recognizes and celebrates emerging leaders from within the 293 independent Junior Leagues, was made at AJLI’s 92nd Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO on May 17th.
AJLI President Toni Freeman said, “Each year, going through the credentials of Rising Star nominees provides a fascinating view of what is happening among young members of our 293 Leagues. Based on the examples set by Brandi and Rosalind, the enthusiasm of young members continues to provide the drive behind successful League initiatives among the community as well as in attracting other young women to League membership.”
Brandi Cropper, a former Naval officer who grew up all over the world navigating different cultures, has been a tireless advocate for the cause of foster youth in the throes of transition to independence and self-sufficiency. An unwavering champion who has been active on every front of her League’s youth-in-transition focus area, she has recruited vendors for Transition Age Youth’s signature fundraiser, developed a mentoring initiative, served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Voices for Children and made connections between the young adults in these programs and her fellow League members, and board members, community partners and donors.
Rosalind Lucien is a stand-out volunteer leader with an entrepreneurial streak whose impact has been felt throughout her community in just a few short years. She not only serves her League as Chair of the Community Impact Committee, she works for a nonprofit where she facilitates prevention education, life skills training and healthy decision-making programs for adults and adolescents. In 2009, moved to act by the negative portrayal of women in the media and the influence it was having on young girls. Ms. Lucien founded The Glam Squad, which offers empowering workshops for mothers and daughters that address social media safety, healthy relationships and strong self-esteem.
About The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.
Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer, Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, creating demonstrable community impact.
Today, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) is comprised of more than 155,000 women in 293 Junior Leagues throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, they constitute one of the largest, most effective volunteer organizations in the world.
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