Junior League of Olympia

Women Building Better Communities

#JLOCommunitySummit is Feb. 25, 2017

Registration Now Open

The fifth annual Junior League of Olympia Community Summit on Resilient Children, Resilient Communities is a FREE one-day workshop for parents, educators, community members and anyone interested in the future of our children and community. 

The event will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2017, at the South Sound Community College- Lacey Event Center. 

The focus will be on Parenting in Today's Modern World. We'll have speakers discussing challenges facing children in our society today. 

We are pleased to announce our schedule for Community Summit 2017:

8-9 a.m.: Registration

9-10:30 a.m.: Keynote Speech, Q&A and Community Conversation with Emily McMason, parenting coach and blogger at Evolving Parents.

10:45-11:30 a.m.: Breakout Session A

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Breakout Session B

12:30-2 p.m.: Lunch, Panel on Community Engagement and Community Conversation

The 2017 Community Summit breakout sessions will focus on the following topics: 

  • Fatherhood
  • Non-traditional parenting (co-parenting, single parenting, kinship parenting)
  • How to manage stress at home
  • Transitioning into the teen years

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the latest information on speakers!

A resource fair with several local organizations will be present for participants to learn of different opportunities and resources for both children and families.  If you are a member of an organization who is interested in being a part of our resource fair, please email us at summit@jlolympia.org.

Lunch will be provided and FREE childcare is available on first-come, first-served basis.  

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for the latest information on speakers and registration and tag us at #JLOCommunitySummit.

Check out our Workshops

Managing Anger & Stress in the Home
Learn more about anger and stress in children and adults. Stress and anger are parts of the fabric that weave into all of our lives. It is impossible to totally avoid either of these emotions, in fact, mild to moderate amounts can be good for you. However, too much stress or inappropriate displays of anger can cause various problems. This is also true for children. How do children learn to cope with stress and appropriately display anger? This workshop will help define these areas and explore helpful strategies for parents and caregivers to guide you in  keeping your family healthy through the successful management of  stress and anger in the home.  

Parenting can be the most rewarding and challenging effort many of us undertake. The challenges of parenting can be even greater when you also must share the parenting with another individual. Whether you are divorced,  separated, consciously uncoupled,  shared parenting, co-parenting or simply living together as a family and striving to parent collaboratively, this workshop will provide strategies to help you co-parent for the best interest of the child.

Dads in Transition: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 
The role of fathers in parenting is constantly changing. What impact do dads have on their children? What are our cultural views of a dad's place in the family? What responsibilities does he shoulder? What are his dreams for his children? What do we need and expect from him? What do the dads of today have to say about all this? Join us in visiting these questions and some open dialogue about the dads our children need.

How to Stop Arguing With Your Teen (Tween): Stepping Out of Power Struggles
Learn how and why it is important to get out of arguments and power struggles with your teens. We will talk about the importance of saving "no" for the issues that are non-negotiable. We will explore alternatives parents can work with that teach kids to think for themselves and to negotiate for the things that are important.

Many thanks to our sponsors

Resources on Site

Mixx 96.1

South Sound Reading Foundation


WA Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs

United Way of Thurston County


Family Education and Support Services

Family Support Center of South Sound

Providence Sexual Assault and Child Maltreatment Clinic

Thurston Economic Development Council

JLO New Members Info/Gala

Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County

Thurston County Sheriff: Iris Scans

Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking

CHOICE-Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD)

CHOICE-Regional Health Network

DOH-Office of Healthy Communities: Healthy Starts and Transitions

Family Alliance for Mental Health

Hands of Children's Museum

Crime Victims Advocacy Center


Child Care Action Council (CCAC)

TC Public Health and Social Services: Healthy Homes Program




Molina Healthcare


Timberland Regional Library

Community Action Council

Kayleigh Stefanko Photography