Formed in 1921, the Association is a charitable nonprofit organization that provides continuity and support, guidance and leadership development opportunities to 293 Junior Leagues in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Through regional, national and international meetings, comprehensive resources, customized consultations, League and member benefits, AJLI adds value to its member Leagues in their fulfillment of The Junior League Mission.


In 1901, Mary Harriman, a 19-year-old New York City debutante with a social conscience, formed the Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements. Harriman mobilized a group of 80 other young women, hence the name "Junior" League, to work to improve child health, nutrition and literacy among immigrants living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Inspired by her friend Mary, Eleanor Roosevelt joined the Junior League of The City of New York in 1903, teaching calisthenics and dancing to young girls at the College Settlement House.












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