Why Join Us?
Are you looking for a way to meet new friends, give back to the community or grow as a leader? Junior League of St. Louis (JLSL) might be a great fit for you! Our Active members are business owners and stay-at-home moms, high-heel wearers and running shoe aficionados, recent college grads and retirees. Each one of these more than 500 women joined JLSL for her own reasons, but we all stay because we believe that we can make an impact on our world.
Our members are a diverse group of women, looking to make a difference in their community through volunteer projects, fundraising events, and social activities that provide hands-on experience building leadership skills and friendships.
How to Join Junior League of St. Louis
JLSL welcomes new members (we call them Provisionals) once a year. We will hold several events in late spring and summer to introduce you to what we do and explain how to join Junior League. If you are interested in joining, you need to sign up by the end of July to begin your Provisional year in August.
There are a few requirements you must meet to become a member:
- You are at least 21 years of age;
- You reside within the St. Louis Metropolitan area or surrounding counties;
- You’re excited, enthusiastic, energetic, and interested in growing and learning through voluntarism; and
- You’re willing to tailor your volunteer experience to meet your own needs and schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I join JLSL at any time?
The Junior League year runs like a school year, so new members join in the summer and begin their Provisional year in August. If you missed the cut off but are still interested in joining, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you a reminder of upcoming recruitment events and the registration deadline for the coming year.
I can’t attend one of the recruitment events – can I still join?
Of course! If you are unable to attend one of our events, please contact us at email@example.com or complete the application and contract below to get your JLSL journey started!
What do you need from me to register as a new member?
Just a few things. You will need to complete a membership application form with your contact information. All new members must also pay a new member fee to help cover training materials; you can expect to pay $110. We never want financial concerns to keep a woman from joining League, so assistance is available.
When will I find out if I got into JLSL?
If you have submitted your membership application, you’re in! You’ll be notified of the date of your first provisional class meeting, usually mid-August.
What can I expect in my first year at JLSL?
You will be divided into a small group of new members (usually about 10), each with an advisor who will walk you through your first year. The full Provisional class will meet several times throughout the year so you’ll have the chance to get to know other women in your class.
Together, you’ll participate in a sampling of the many activities Junior League offers, such as Community Impact volunteer projects, training workshops, fundraising events, meetings and social activities.
On average, you can expect to have one meeting or activity each month (though many members have so much fun they choose to do more!).
I’m interested in joining, but I’m worried my work/personal life will be crazy this year. How flexible is JLSL?
Very flexible. While every member is required to complete a certain number of activities (see our membership requirements), there are many opportunities to choose from to fit even the busiest schedule. We also understand that life happens, and can always work with members to find alternative activities to help you fulfill your requirement.