Leadership Development Series

A Training Program for Developing Core Volunteer and Leadership Skills

The Junior League of St. Louis, a leader in training volunteers and improving the community, is pleased to present a comprehensive, three year training program for its current and future leaders.


The curriculum is divided into two types of classes: Volunteer Development Skills and Core Leadership Skills.  A mix is provided each year.  

Year Two classes will be offered for the 2016-17 year beginning in September. 

Year One

Volunteer Development Skills

  • Fundraising Basics & Organizing Fundraising Events/Anatomy of a Fundraiser
  • Budgets
  • PR & Marketing Basics
  • Program Evaluation - Taking Your Big Ideas from Inspiration to Implementation
  • Meeting Facilitation Skills & Effective Agendas: How to Run Effective Meetings
  • How to Grow your Member Base

Core Leadership Skills

  • Motivating Members
  • Mentoring/Coaching

Year Two

Volunteer Development Skills

  • Attracting Donors and Sponsorships & Planned Giving – More Advanced Fundraising  - 
    This training was held on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 

  • Strategic Planning -
    This training was held on Monday, April 24, 2017
  • Creative Publishing & Telling your Story -
    This training was held on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
  • Keys to Working with Other Non-Profits & NFP Ethics - 
    This training was held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
  • Boardsmanship & BoardLink - The Art of Board Service -
    This training was held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
  • Volunteer Retention & Satisfaction -
    This training was held on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 

Core Leadership Skills

  • Delegation -
    This training was held on Monday, February 6, 2017 
  • Setting & Achieving Goals - 
    This training was held on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Year Three

Volunteer Development Skills

  • Grant Writing 
  • Staff/Volunteer Relations
  • Working with the Media
  • Researching Community Needs
  • Training the Trainer
  • Curriculum Development

Core Leadership Skills

  • Time Management
  • Conflict Management

Why a three year program?

The JLSL is proud of its history of providing training through hands-on placements within  committees, supplemented by formalized training classes.  It is this “on-the-job” training, combined with the formalized classes, which forms the well-rounded, well-trained, volunteer.  The three year curriculum provides a balanced program which enables the member to bring their volunteer experiences to the class, enhancing their learning.


What is my time commitment to the Series?

Eight classes will be offered from September through May each year. Classes generally run two hours.

Do I need to attend all eight classes of the Series each year?

The Series is intended as a training program for current and future JLSL leaders and Non-Members. However, individual classes are open to all Members and Non-Members interested in improving their skills.

Members and Non-Members can attend from one to eight classes a year.

Leadership Development Series Classes are offered to Non-Members for a fee of $20.