The Orinda Juniors board voted to add our organization’s support to the Kiwanis Club statement that is running in the February 3rd edition of Lamorinda Weekly. It will also be posted to NextDoor, Lamorinda Patch, and the Moraga Citizens Network.
A huge THANK YOU to all of the Orinda Juniors who so generously donated to our annual holiday gift drive for Stand! Against Domestic Violence. We reached the goals set out on our sign up genius and collected 53 new coats, hoodies, and sweaters for kds, teens, and adults.We also delivered $325 in gift cards.
STAND will be setting up a boutique with your items so that families can come in (one by one in isolated manner) to pick out what they need and like! An empowering experince for the women and families impacted by domestic violence during this crazy pandemic!
Thank you to Preety, Seema, and Joanna for organizing this great effort!
We are pleased to announce Youth Ink 2021 writing contest launches on Tuesday, December 1, 2020! The Youth Ink writing contest was created to support the literary arts among young people in the Orinda community, Youth Ink is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who live in Orinda or attend an Orinda school.
Entries must be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other creative writing form; presented in English, and written specifically for the contest and without teacher or parent involvement. Entries must be 750 words or less. Submissions will be evaluated on content, clarity, structure, and originality.
The writing prompt for 2021 is Hope; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.
Contest opens December 1, 2020, and closes on February 26, 2021.
Entries will only be accepted via email. Email your entry to email@example.com with the following:
- Completed entry form. Make sure to include all required information in your submission.
- PDF of entry submission. We will not accept Google doc, Word doc, or any other format. The contestant name must be listed in a header on the top right corner of every page.
Once you have submitted your entry, you will receive a receipt notification from firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your entry was successfully submitted.
First Place $250, Second Place $125, and Third Place $75, and ten honorable mentions gift certificates. Winners will be notified by mail and receive their prizes in April.
The contest is organized and run by the Orinda Junior Women’s Club, with additional financial sponsorship provided by Friends of the Orinda Library, The Intuitive Writing Project, Lamorinda Arts Council, and Orinda Community Foundation.
Each year, the Orinda Juniors assemble and sell a unique holiday gift to raise money to support our philanthropies. Like seemingly everything else this year, we had to make some changes, but the bay area fires and social distancing guidelines could not stop us!
Masked members came in shifts to one of our backyards to put together everything you need for a perfect cup of tea – assembling 75 Green Tea and Honey gift sets! Sales of the gift sets will support our annual YouthInk Writing Contest for middle school students as well and support the many great community service projects we participate in.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this great event happen!
The Orinda Junior Women’s Club is pleased to announce the winners of Youth Ink 2020, the annual creative writing contest open to all middle school students who live in or attend school in Orinda. This year’s prompt was The Gift, though entrants were welcomed to write on the theme of their choice. We are pleased to announce this year’s top three prize winners:
1st Place: Kaylin Chang, Bright as the Sun
2nd Place: Emma Wong, Jin’s Gift
3rd Place: Holly Carysforth, East
In addition, we’d like to acknowledge the honorable mentions for their commendable entries:
Carson Blair The Gift
Kaia Bonham Bea
Josslyn Grover Song of Life
Pateel Haroupian The Monarch Butterflies Plead for Our Help
Indie Lee A Well of Memories
Jewel Mendiola The Gift
Hana Shukairy The Everlasting Break
Elise Vansant Four Words
Jason Wagner The Gift of Immigrants
Jialei Zhang Home at Last
The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place recipients received cash prizes of $250, $125, and $75, respectively. The Honorable Mention recipients received gift certificates to our local Orinda Books.
While we usually celebrate Youth Ink writers at a springtime awards ceremony, given the circumstances of our global pandemic, we were unable to meet in person this year. We thank all of our entrants for sharing their talents with us. We are also very thankful to our Youth Ink volunteer judges, who thoughtfully provided time and expertise in reading each entry and contemplating this year’s winners among a stellar pool of entries. This year’s judges were Sally Bolger, Cynthia Leslie-Bole, Michelle Meyers and Colleen Weems.
Lastly, we’d like to thank our community sponsors who have enabled the Orinda Junior Women’s Club to offer this year’s Youth Ink writing contest to Orinda middle schoolers with their financial support: Friends of the Orinda Library, The Intuitive Writing Project, Lamorinda Arts Council and Orinda Community Foundation.
In keeping with tradition, the Orinda Juniors assembled and delivered (with a little help from some younger bunnies) over 20 fun-filled baskets to the Family House at Oakland Children’s Hospital.