Community Impact in St. Louis
Junior League of St. Louis (JLSL) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Founded in 1914, we are a diverse group of more than 500 Active and Sustaining members, aged 22 to 92, who are proud to have served the St. Louis community for more than 100 years.
Junior League: Women around the world as catalysts for lasting community change.
Our Focus: Infant Mortality
In 2016, Junior League of St. Louis launched Day 366, an initiative aimed at dramatically reducing the number of St. Louis-area babies dying in their first 365 days of life from 11.8 deaths per 1,000 babies. Infant mortality is linked to the overall health of our society; when babies aren’t healthy, neither is the community.
Statistics show the greatest cause of a baby dying prior to her first birthday is preterm birth. Every week in St. Louis City and St. Louis County, 46 babies are born too early, 32 babies are born too small and five babies die before their first birthdays. JLSL members are making a difference through Day 366, contributing their time to volunteer work, community partnerships, and advocacy.
The Power of Association
Founded in 1904 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, making a demonstrable impact on their communities. In 1921, the Leagues joined forces as an association, which is today known as The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., in order to bolster their power and amplify their voice through shared knowledge and common causes.
True to their mission, today’s League members work at the forefront of social reform, tackling the toughest and most critical issues of the day — including childhood nutrition and obesity, human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others — for the purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of civil society.
As a result of this work, Junior League — and the more than 150,000 women in 292 communities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico who comprise its ranks — has amassed an archive of tangible results and a reputation as thoughtful and influential change agents dedicated to the public good.