Children Helping Children in a Special Way

Junior Leadership Lake County help children in need.


Community organizations are coming together for a united cause on Global Youth Service Day, which is April 23, 2022, to make and distribute “Blanket Buddies.” It’s extra special this year, however. 


The Leadership Lake County’s Junior Leadership Program participants will be making blankets for children who are in a domestic violence shelter, in the foster system, or in a homeless shelter. The Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood’s Broadmoor School will host the event.


“The goal is to provide children who are in scary and, at times, dangerous situations with a sense of security and a blanket made of love to call their own,” said Jessie Baginski, President/CEO of Leadership Lake County. “They have a goal of making 75 blankets in one day at Broadmoor School.”


The Junior Leadership Program (JLP) is comprised of local high-school students who are interested in developing into future leaders for social, civic and economic excellence in the community. They operate on five core values of relationship building; inclusion and diversity, highest ethical conduct; responsiveness; and collaboration. 


“In addition to my role at Broadmoor School, I am a Junior Leadership advisor,” said Linda DeRosa, Principal of Broadmoor School and Director of Children’s Services for the LCBDD/Deepwood. “The Buddy Blankets is truly the perfect project to represent and tie together all of JLP’s core values.” 


Students will work side by side with staff to use their fine motor skills as they craft the blankets, all the while socializing and creating friendships.


You can learn more about Junior Leadership Lake County at


Those interested in learning more about the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood’s programs and services can visit 


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