The Fort Bend Teen Service League (FBTSL) is a mentoring project of the 501(c)(3) organization, Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL). The purpose of the FBTSL is to foster a sense of community responsibility in young women and develop leadership skills through participation in philanthropy, educational activities and cultural events. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members.
In the fall of 2005, a group of Fort Bend Junior Service League members were interested in encouraging their teenage daughters and neighborhood youth to make a lifelong commitment to volunteering in the community, as they felt it was FBJSL’s responsibility to mentor and encourage their successors. A planning committee was formed in the fall of 2005, and FBJSL went to work developing a service program for Fort Bend County teenage girls. It was in this spirit of responsibility that Fort Bend Teen Service League was formed so that members of FBJSL could pass on to their daughters, nieces, and other special young ladies in their lives the joy of service and charity for the benefit of others. FBTSL welcomed its inaugural class in the spring of 2006 with over 80 members and has since grown to around 100 members each year.
As a project of Fort Bend Junior Service League, the overall activities of FBTSL are governed by FBJSL’s Board of Directors. However, Teen League does have an Advisory Board of Directors, composed of FBJSL members, in place to coordinate, plan and oversee the membership requirements and service activities of Teen League members. The Advisory Board members have a Teen League Board counterpart with whom they mentor in their respective leadership roles. Other FBJSL volunteers have chosen to serve as Teen League Mentors, a League placement in which they assist the Advisory Board in mentoring and overseeing Teen League members with their community service and membership responsibilities.
Members of Teen League are involved in various philanthropic activities in Fort Bend County that are supported by FBJSL through League approved core/community placements and fundraising events. When possible, FBJSL is able to extend their community outreach by approving service projects for the Teen League that will benefit other local charitable organizations not currently supported with either FBJSL volunteers or financial assistance. It is the intent of Teen League to encourage its members to become caring, involved citizens of this community. As membership increases in Teen League, the spirit of responsibility and volunteerism increases and helps to promote lifelong volunteers.
2016-2017 STRATEGIC PLAN
The purpose of the Fort Bend Teen Service League is to foster a sense of community responsibility in young women as well as to develop leadership skills through participation in philanthropy, educational activities and cultural events. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members.
The Fort Bend Teen Service League will improve Fort Bend County by providing effective young women volunteers to worthy charitable organizations through our volunteer efforts. We will be a leading young women’s organization in Fort Bend County that provides such charitable resources.
Providing a meaningful impact on our community’s needs
Recognizing our members as our most valuable asset
Embracing cultural diversity
Maintaining our tradition of excellence
Developing leadership skills in young women
Empowering young women to be leaders
Offering the fellowship of volunteering with other young women
Building on FBJSL’s past accomplishments
The FBTSL shares the same position statements as the FBJSL.
In the spring and summer, the Fort Bend Teen Service League conducts informational meetings for prospective members to highlight and discuss the different aspects of FBTSL. All teens entering 9th grade-12th grade are invited to attend one of these informational meetings. Currently, the FBTSL has over 100 active teen members. Over the next few months, the Teen League members will dedicate countless volunteer hours in the community to making a difference in the lives of many people in Fort Bend County. The Teen Leadership Committee members and returning FBTSL members are looking forward to welcoming many new members for the 2015-2016 year. Together, this incredible group of young women will continue to carry out the mission of the Teen League.
If you have any questions regarding the Teen League and/or are interested in membership information for the 2016-2017 year, please contact the Teen League Advisory Board Leadership Committee Chairman, Brittany Woodard at Teenleague@fbjsl.com.