Every parent desires the best for their daughter—to learn the skills necessary to compete in a global environment. Job’s Daughters is the place that makes this happen.
Job’s Daughters International was founded for the purpose of giving girls a place to grow, lead, and make a difference in their communities. Our girls are proud to be Job’s Daughters. They can see how they have benefited by being members and hope to help others in the same way. When we broke down the identity of the average Job’s Daughter, we found that they described themselves in three simple words: sisters, leaders, and friends.
Our values of leadership, respect for elders, good citizenship, service, and sisterhood have stood the test of time and continue to benefit girls today. The role of girls today may have changed, but the lessons of Job’s Daughters still ring true. When girls are able to confidently face the future, they can change the world.
Job’s Daughters International enjoys a rich history and produces young women who are prepared to lead, plan activities, events, and service projects, and demonstrate effective public speaking skills. It’s part sorority, part professional training ground – Job’s Daughters aims to invest much into the members through a myriad of opportunities and experiences. There are chapters, called Bethels, all over the world where girls between the ages of 10 and 19 learn the importance of perseverance and develop levels of self-esteem and self-confidence unmatched by any other youth organization. Currently, there are approximately 10,500 members in the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines and Brazil. Job’s Daughters has been in British Columbia since 1931, and was the first province to open a Bethel in Canada!
Job’s Daughters International was founded in 1920 by Mrs. Ethel T. Wead Mick during the time women won the right to vote. Mrs. Mick was a progressive woman and recognized that women’s roles were changing and the chance for women to redefine their place in society had arrived. She wanted the best for her daughters and their friends and her goal was for them to feel important and to be in control of their work.
Job’s Daughters gain valuable leadership experience, serve as part of a team, and learn democratic principles as they run their own meetings using parliamentary procedure, decide on activities, and plan community service and fundraising events. Members also have fun together at activities such as swimming parties, dances, family picnics, slumber parties, miniature golf, marching in parades and so much more. There are many opportunities to travel to other Jurisdictions and those visits often results in Job’s Daughters friendships that last a lifetime.
“Job’s Daughters not only kept me off the streets and away from stupid stuff that kids can get into, it also gave me life-long friendships. I gained confidence, self-esteem and respect. The friends I made are like sisters. Jobies was life-changing for me.
– Jill, Age 36”
Our members value their education and we offer bursaries every year to help members with post-secondary expenses. Many of our members have pursued higher education. Job’s Daughters have careers in nursing, law, education, politics, and other fields. There are also a few famous actresses that were Job’s Daughters! Just like Mrs. Mick envisioned, Job’s Daughters creates strong, determined young women who are personally and professionally ready for life.
Job’s Daughters perform service projects to help their community. We actively support the Hearing Impaired Kids Equipment (H.I.K.E.) Fund, which purchases hearing assistive devices and equipment for hearing impaired children. H.I.K.E. is a cherished focus of our organization.
Every event or project that a member plans, organizes and executes teaches her valuable life skills that she will likely carry with her forever. She connects with those around her and uses her resources to accomplish her goal. She learns administrative and organizational skills, as well as a keen sense of customer service and enthusiasm.
In short, Job’s Daughters International offers the qualities that today’s young women want and need from organizations that earn their commitment: fun, friendship, helping others and the chance to learn organizational and leadership skills.
We are a family-oriented organization. As a parent, grandparent or other family support, you can also get involved and enjoy the Job’s Daughters experience! Job’s Daughters is unique among organizations, in that you can get involved and you won’t be out of place. Your daughters also won’t be embarrassed by you being there – our girls actually want their parents to participate. There are also opportunities for adults to learn and grow!
Growing up with brothers and spending most of my youth going to their sporting activities, I loved finally having a place that my mom and I could spend time together. I saw that the moms of other Jobies were involved and wanted my mom there too. I liked knowing she was there to support me and loved the time we had in the car together on the way to events.
– Jaimie, involved for over 20 years“
Bethels (the local chapter) have a group of up to nine adults, called the “Bethel Guardian Council” (BGC) that help the girls manage the local Bethel. There is almost always an opportunity to get involved and become a member of a BGC. Members of the BGC are also Certified Adult Volunteers (CAV). All adult workers in a leadership position must attend CAV training and pass a criminal record check. All meetings and activities are required to be chaperoned by CAVs. Even if you choose not to get involved on a BGC, you’re still encouraged, as a parent of a Job’s Daughter, to be involved with your Daughter by attending regular meetings, helping out with fundraisers, or just volunteering to drive and help chaperone fun projects and trips.
Get involved – you’ll surely find it a most rewarding experience! We look forward to you joining us and sharing your knowledge, skills, talents, and abilities!
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