The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) 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.
Our Reaching Out Statement
The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
The purpose of The Association of Junior League International Inc. is to add value to its member Leagues in their fulfillment of The Junior League Mission.
An Introduction to AJLI
The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. exists to add value to the Junior Leagues and to aid in the fulfillment of their Mission. But where did it all begin? And how does AJLI work to enhance the Junior Leagues?
In 1901 Mary Harriman founded the first Junior League, the Junior League of the City of New York. The Junior League movement spread and in 1921, the Association of Junior Leagues of America “consolidated the little group of local societies into a national organization that doubled its size, power and potentiality in ten years.” Today, over 165,000 women in 293 Junior Leagues in Canada, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom share the Mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
The 20 members of AJLI’s Board of Directors are all Active or Sustaining members of the Junior Leagues in their communities and serve 3-year terms. They govern on behalf of the whole organization, no matter which geographic area they represent, assuring the viability of the Junior League movement. The Board’s overarching goals are to ensure that Junior Leagues effectively fulfill the Mission and that the Junior League flourishes. The Board accomplishes this by guiding the strategy of the Association, linking with Leagues to ensure they reflect the needs and interests of the Leagues, and monitoring and providing oversight of AJLI headquarters through Executive Director, Susan Danish.
Susan and the AJLI staff in New York provide services and resources to Junior Leagues by phone, through the AJLI website and through League visits. They also organize and provide training to League leaders at three leadership conferences and four Organizational Development Institutes (ODIs) as well as training at regional meetings organized by local Leagues. The AJLI headquarters moved to 80 Maiden Lane in New York City in September, 2006.
AJLI’s Nominating Committee members, who serve 2-year terms, nominate candidates for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Positions are open to any Active or Sustaining member in good standing in her League.
AJLI is pleased to continue to serve Leagues with new programs, such as Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen and the Board’s new scenario planning process, which will assess how The Junior League will thrive in 10-20 years and will develop strategic plans for moving forward. For more information on AJLI and the work of your Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, please visit the AJLI website at www.ajli.org. In addition, you will find member benefits, award-winning Junior League programs, forums to correspond with other League members and many other valuable resources.