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Who We Are

Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, The Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest, and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing more than 150,000 women in 292 Leagues in four countries.

When she established a character-building initiative for students, Alison Crowther turned personal tragedy into a legacy of leadership in honor of her son who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11.

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What We Do

For more than a century, The Junior League has been on the forefront of social reform, identifying problems—pollution, illiteracy, domestic violence, foster children without a safety net—and finding solutions.

Recognizing the emotional, social, and educational challenges faced by young people under the age of 18, The Association of Junior Leagues in 1982 initiated a national program to teach leadership them skills and voluntarism—and to help them build self-esteem.

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