Sandpiper Juniors was founded in 1961 as a mother-daughter affiliation with Sandpipers.
Membership in the original organization was extended to daughters of Sandpipers in high school who wanted to participate in community service. Sandpiper Juniors membership now includes any South Bay high school girl who attends a Prospective Member meeting (information below) and submits an application for consideration in a membership lottery. Daughters and granddaughters of Sandpipers are considered “legacies” and have first priority in the selection process.
Sandpiper Juniors has grown in number and strength with over 120 current active members. The organization’s Bylaws govern their association with Sandpipers. Support is provided by Sandpiper Junior Advisors and Sandpipers Liaison who keep Sandpipers’ Board apprised of the group’s activities. Sandpiper Juniors are committed to philanthropy, outreach and community service projects.
Community service projects support agencies such as Richstone Family Center, First United Methodist Church Shared Bread, Project Needs, South Bay Children’s Health Center, 1736 Crisis Center and several community service programs which include local schools, libraries and Sandpiper-led programs. Sandpiper Juniors have two major fundraisers each year: Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair 10K race in the fall and a Garage Sale in the spring. In addition, there are other restaurant and Goodwill fundraisers. This past year’s events raised over $10,000 which the, the girls were able to allocate back to the community. They were also able to contribute $2,000 from their own Sandpiper Juniors Scholarship fund to one of the Sandpiper scholarship recipients
The Sandpiper Juniors are very excited about the 2019-2020 year and are looking forward to their philanthropic and community service projects. Applicants entering high school may apply the SPRING before high school.
Prospective Member Meeting Dates
Prospective member and a parent must attend one of the two scheduled meetings – this includes any legacy prospective members. Incoming 9th graders in the South Bay are eligible, and incoming 10th and 11th graders in the South Bay are eligible, space permitting.
Wednesday, May 29 7:00 pm
Manhattan Beach Library – 1320 Highland Ave Manhattan Beach 90266
Saturday, June 1 2:30 pm
Hermosa Beach Community Center – 710 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach 90254
For more information, please contact:
Grettel Fournell, Dominique Webster, & Driza Carrizo
Sandpiper Juniors Co-Advisors