Public Policy & Advocacy
The Junior League of Denver Public Policy Committee is the liaison between our membership, the community and the agencies we serve and our elected officials. We research issues affecting the JLD, keep the League informed on areas of interest, and advise when action is appropriate.
The JLD has a proud history of public policy and advocacy. In 1987 it was the first League in the United States to hire a government affairs specialist. Since then the Public Policy Committee has worked closely with our government affairs specialist, Aponte & Busam, to monitor, advocate, and support various important pieces of legislation at the State Capitol.
In recent years, the League has supported a variety of legislation addressing:
• Literacy/child education issues
• Child health issues
• Women’s health issues
• Women’s self-sufficiency issues
The Committee, with JLD support, has played a role in the passage of legislative actions, such as:
• Child Care Tax Credits
• Booster Seat Requirements
• Early Education and School Readiness Grants Program
• Childhood Immunizations
• Safe Haven Awareness Day (see Colorado Safe Haven for Newborns for more information)
We are currently working on a brand new program for the Healthy Choices Dropout Prevention program (SB 09-123) that will develop a pilot after-school program to enhance academic achievement and physical and mental health of Colorado’s adolescent students, encourage healthy choices, and reduce dropout rates.
We welcome input from the community and all League members. Together we can make an impact on important legislative issues that help improve our Denver metro community.