Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, The Junior League is an organization of transformational female leaders who set bold goals, open their circles, disrupt convention, and change the conversation for the betterment of civil society. The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women's volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 140,000 women in 291 Leagues in 4 countries.
The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (ALJI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for Lasting Community Change.
Diversity: The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.
Collaboration: We believe lasting societal change is achieved through both
collaboration and meaningful disagreement. Living the value of collaboration inspires us to accomplish more together.
Community: We believe a strong sense of community is essential to human well-being. Living the value of community provides a foundation of inclusion, which allows us to make a greater impact on the world around us.
Empowerment: We believe that the empowerment of women is a necessary requirement to create positive, lasting societal change. Living the value of empowerment fosters trust and confidence in each other.
Leadership: We believe in the unique power of women’s leadership abilities to transform communities for the better. Living the value of leadership allows us to make a collective difference.
Respect: We believe respect is a fundamental human right. Living the value of respect instills in us an unconditional positive regard for others.
Service: We believe it is through service that we build core relationships with others. Service is the lens through which we decide how we will invest our time and resources. Living the value of service empowers us as catalysts for lasting community change.
We are in the midst of organizational transformation, taking bold steps today to ensure the long-term health, vitality and viability of The Junior League for years to come. As an organization that's contributed to the development of women as civic leaders and to meaningful community improvement since 1901, our success is critical to the health of local communities far and wide.
Decade after decade, the inspirational service and advocacy of Junior League volunteers not only helped bring about many of the privileges we now take for granted—from free school lunches to domestic violence shelters and clean water—but has also shaped the way people think about serving their local communities, their nations, and the world.
True to their legacy, today’s members are at the forefront of tackling society’s thorniest and most critical issues—human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes and literacy, among others—for the purpose of enhancing the social, cultural, and political fabric of our civil society.
The Junior League boasts a legacy of empowered leadership over the last century. Revered around the world for the life-changing work we do, we are the premier source for civic leadership training and development opportunities for women who want to bring about lasting and meaningful change in their communities.
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