History

The History of JCF

As a leading non-profit organization in Southern Oregon, Josephine County Youth Foundation (JCYF) provides leadership development and training for students in Josephine and Jackson Counties. JCYF is a student-led non-profit that inspires, engages, and strengthens the community through innovative leadership and service.

It all started with a Vision Clinic. Dr. Wilkening and his team volunteered to partner with JCF and donate his time and services to provide free eye screenings and glasses to those in need in Josephine County. Since 2011, we have served over 1,000 members of our community with eye screenings and over 500 pairs of free glasses.

With the success and positive feedback from the Vision Clinic, the students knew they were onto something great. They have worked tirelessly to create opportunities to serve their community with projects such as Pink Week, Dan Fiske Day of Service, Project Halt, Project Float, Project Cash, Student Enrichment and so many more.

In addition to community service projects, the students receive 4+ years of leadership training and development. JCF provides hands-on technical training that goes beyond the standard High School curriculum. JCF students learn valuable life skills such as public speaking, grant writing, fundraising, project management, leadership, business management, budgeting, digital strategy, and more.

The students in JCF have a huge heart for their community. Each year they choose, create, and develop projects and programs that are close to their hearts and homes and positively impact Josephine County.

Each year as we say goodbye to our graduates and welcome our incoming middle school and freshmen students, we are grateful that we’re able to continue to positively impact these students, their families, and the community. Many JCF alumni return to Josephine and Jackson Counties and continue to give back and serve their community.

JCF members represent all 5 high schools in Josephine County, New Hope Middle School, and High School, as well as Rogue River Middle School and High School. JCF provides students access to school advisers and community volunteers that also have a heart of service.

We Had a Dream

From the beginning, To Make Josephine the Best County in the State

JCF is Founded

November 24, 2011

JCF was founded in 2011 by students and active members of the community, Frank Ault, Chris Pendleton, Dale Fisher, and Joan Jones. The students were looking for a way to have a more hands-on approach to helping, serving, and supporting their community at large. The students realized there were members of their community that were in need and they wanted to find

First Vision Clinic

December 17, 2012

It all started with a Vision Clinic. Dr. Wilkening and his team volunteered to partner with JCYF and donate his time and services to provide free eye screenings and glasses to those in need in Josephine County. Since 2011, we have served over 1,000 members of our community with eye screenings and over 500 pairs of free glasses.

JCF Receives Awards

June 22, 2013

ABC Youth Service America and Disney Friends for Change Award goes to JCF!

JCF Receives Awards

July 22, 2013

FBLA Awards National Recognition for Josephine County Foundation Project!

Care Fair

October 22, 2013

Sunny Wolf Care Fair focused on dentistry

Volunteer Award

April 22, 2014

Oregon Governor’s Volunteer Award

JCF Donates

May 22, 2014

$82,000 to Josephine County Fire Departments

First Day of Service

September 22, 2014

First Annual Dan Fiske Memorial Day of Service Implemented

First Student Enrichment Program

September 22, 2014

First Annual Student Enrichment Program

Daily Courier

November 22, 2014

Daily Courier editorial “What Were You Doing When You Were 15?”

JCF Receives Award

December 22, 2014

Received “Articles of Corporation” from the State of Oregon

Official Non-Profit

March 22, 2015

IRS Designates JCF as a 501c3 non-profit organization

First 24-Hour

April 22, 2015

First 24-hour Fundraiser raising over $3000

JCF Donates

May 22, 2015

$82,000 to Josephine County Fire Departments

JCF Receives Award

July 22, 2015

City of Grants Pass Volunteer Group of the Year

First Campus Closet

October 22, 2015

First of nine school Campus Closets open

First Pink Week

October 22, 2015

First Annual Pink Week

JCF Receives Award

January 22, 2016

Received 2015 ‘Business Leaders of the Future’ Award from the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce

Community Forum

April 22, 2016

A Community Forum held with over 100 business & political leaders

First Every 15 Minutes

April 23, 2016

First “Every 15  Minutes” campaign to stop student driving & drinking

JCF Donates

May 22, 2016

$82,000 to Josephine County Fire Departments

First Booth @ Kids Dash

June 22, 2016

First JCF booth set up at Kids Dash event to provide free eye screening to kids

First Golf Tournament

July 22, 2016

First Inaugural Golf Tournament

First Food Festival

September 23, 2016

First Healthy Food Festival

D.A.W. Begins

December 23, 2016

Disabilities Awareness Week Beginning called Project Learn

Buddy Benches Delivered

December 23, 2016

Buddy benches delivered to all six District 7 elementary schools

Buddy Benches Revealed

January 23, 2017

Buddy benches placed and revealed

JCF Donates

May 22, 2017

$82,000 to Josephine County Fire Departments

F.L.O.A.T. Lifejacket Stations

May 23, 2017

Project F.L.O.A.T. Unveils life jacket stations

Supply Drive

June 23, 2017

School supply drive for Guatemala

Anti-Bullying Marathon

October 23, 2017

103-mile Marathon to stop bullying – Project H.A.L.T.

Poker Tournament

February 23, 2018

Inaugural Poker Tournament

Community Forum

November 23, 2018

A Community Forum held with over 100 business & political leaders

Project SAFE Donates

May 23, 2019

$114,000 invested in 10 fire departments

Eighth Vision Clinic

October 23, 2019

Eighth Annual Vision Clinic

Project SAFE Donates

May 23, 2020

$200,000 invested in 10 fire agencies

Weekend Food Project Thrives

June 23, 2020

Weekend Food Project Takes Off due to COVID

Enrichment Program Investment

October 23, 2020

JCF’s Student Enrichment Program investment in students reaches $141, 351

JCF Receives Award

May 23, 2021

Senator Merkley presented JCF with flag for their service

Project SAFE Donates

May 23, 2021

$200,000 to seven local fire departments

Summer Academy

June 23, 2021

Summer Academy Implementation