Each CISV chapter has a Junior Branch run by local youth who typically have participated in CISV programs. During the school year, about once a month the JB organizes service projects and social events in the Detroit area or plans youth activities at chapter-wide gatherings.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the chapter’s Junior Branch board includes:
At Ferndale High School, juniors Ruth Butters, Sophie Lamphier and Sid Meade
At the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, sophomore Morgan Elder plus juniors Rebecca Driker-Ohren and Alyssa Norman
At University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit, junior Evan Widdis.
In addition, Leila Owens, a junior at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, was chosen in October 2016 to serve for a year on CISV USA’s National Junior Board of Trustees. Contact Leila at email@example.com.
In 2017, a JB regional mini-camp will be held on March 10-12 in Michigan City, Indiana, a few hours drive from Detroit. Please go here for more information.
The JB’s National Mini-Camp is always held over Memorial Day weekend, hosted by different chapters around the country. In 2017, the JB’s National Mini-Camp will be in Austin, Texas. Check back here for more information in the spring.
March — National service project
April 22 — Earth Day activity
May 5-7 — Can-Am Mini-camp in Waterloo, ON. Here’s the Can Am 2017 Precamp with more info.
May 12 — Extravaganza
May 26 -29 — JB National Minicamp in Austin! Here’s a Precamp with more info.
For more information about JB Detroit join the CISV jb Detroit Facebook group. To join the JB Detroit email list, send an email message to JB Adviser Amanda Stegner at firstname.lastname@example.org Everyone is welcome!
JB events that often happen every year
Cookie Bake, when about 40 JB members gather for a marathon cookie-baking overnight event at a local church. By morning, more than 500 chocolate chip cookies are headed to a Detroit area soup kitchen.
A winter holiday party where JB members enjoy an elaborate procedure for exchanging — and “stealing” — small and sometimes strange gifts. Grinch-patterned pajama pants and gingerbread house kits were among the most popular items in recent years.
Movie nights where JB members gather at someone’s home to watch and discuss a film with a message related to one of CISV’s four rotating annual themes: diversity, conflict management, human rights and sustainability. In recent years, JB members hae watched and discussed Avatar, an award-winning James Cameron film with a sustainability theme, and Lean on Me, an award-winning Morgan Freeman film about a high school principal struggling to help students beat the challenges of poverty and low expectations.
JB Detroit events follow international CISV guidelines about use of social media, so please don’t spend a lot of time on your phone instead of paying attention to the event. Also, no tagging of people in photos made at CISV events.
Looking back on 2015-2016
The Detroit Junior Branch pioneered the first Can-Am minicamp April 8-10 at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, an hour north of Detroit. This was a joint effort with JB members from nearby CISV chapters in central Canada and the Midwest of the United States. About 70 people attended. In addition, our JB leaders helped plan a regional JB minicamp in Miami County, Ohio, near Dayton.
Our Junior Branch also held its traditional and popular overnight cookie bake for charity. Other activities included some Peace Day learning activities at a park; a cake-decorating fundraiser; backpack and coat collection drive in support of Syrian refugees; a movie night followed by CISV-themed discussion; and water delivery assistance in Flint.
Looking back on 2014-2015
The biggest activity of the year was a weekend regional mini-camp hosted by the Detroit Junior Branch for about 70 participants ages 10-20 from our chapter plus others from around the country, especially from the CISV chapters in Michigan City, Indiana and Miami County, Ohio. The theme was conflict resolution, through the lens of social media.
Other activities included a movie night, the overnight cookie bake and planning activities for chapter-wide activities such as Prep Day and the Selection Minicamp.