The purpose of the Association is to add value to its member Leagues in their fulfillment of the Junior League Mission.
AJLI VISION STATEMENT
Through the power of our association, the Junior Leagues strengthen communities by embracing diverse perspectives, building partnerships and inspiring shared solutions.
AJLI MISSION STATEMENT
The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. 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 first Junior League was organized in New York in 1901 by a group of young women under the leadership of Mary Harriman and Nathalie Henderson. In rapid succession other Leagues were founded, and in 1912 these Leagues met in New York for the first national conference. Conferences have been held annually since 1917.
In 1921 there were thirty Leagues, and it was apparent that a central organization of Junior Leagues was necessary. The answer was found in the formation of the Association of Junior Leagues, Inc. The Association grew so rapidly that the country was divided into geographical areas. In 1948 a new division created twelve regions; in 1953 a thirteenth region was added, and a fourteenth region in 1960.
In 1972, the Association was reorganized into six geographical areas, with each area having an Area Council, Area staff, two directors and an Area Nominating Committee. In 1980, a third director per area was approved. In 1994, the Association reduced the size of the Board of Directors from 27 to 17 and the Association and Area Nominating Committees were combined.
In order to handle the varied programs and to offer ever-expanding services to the individual Leagues, the Association developed its own professional staff. In 1928 an Executive Secretary, now known as the Executive Director, was appointed. Field service was initiated in 1932. Professional consultants are available in these fields: arts, education, finance, health and welfare, program, public relations, radio and television, children’s theatre, puppetry and research. An Information Center was established and each member receives the Junior League Magazine, the official publication of the Association, which provides a medium for the exchange of League information, ideas and results.
The AJLI Mission
The Association of Junior Leagues is an international organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The AJLI Vision
Through the power of our association, Junior Leagues strengthen communities by embracing diverse perspectives, building partnerships, and inspiring shared solutions.
The worth of the Junior League program is exemplified by the growth of the Association. At present there are 296 Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and England, with a total membership of approximately 200,000.
In 2001 AJLI celebrated 100 years of community service. The Centennial celebration began at the Annual Conference in New York City – the location of the first Junior League. The Centennial year closed in 2002 at the Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas where the Association introduced a new branding campaign to create a positive, shared identity for all 296 Junior Leagues as they enter their second century of service.
The AJLI Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
The Association of Junior Leagues International condemns discrimination, racism, and racial injustice in our communities and in our Junior Leagues. Black women and other women of color have been systemically denied equity and inclusion in our economy, education, civic privileges, and responsibilities in the voluntary sector, including in The Junior League. As affirmed by our member Junior Leagues, we are accelerating our efforts to take action and advance definitive, measurable policies and practices that eliminate racism in our countries, our communities, and our Junior Leagues. When we do this, we unlock tremendous power for our communities and realize our vision of women around the world as catalysts for lasting change.
For more information, resources and to see what Junior Leagues are doing across the association, please follow this link to the AJLI website: https://www.ajli.org/?nd=ajli_commitment_to_dei