The Junior League of Jackson (JLJ) 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. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The Junior Auxiliary of Jackson was organized in 1927 by a small group of women who wanted to better their community. In January 1941, the Junior League of Jackson was born. Today, the Junior League of Jackson is the sixth largest League in the Association of Junior Leagues International, with our membership numbering nearly 2,200 Provisional, Active, and Sustaining members.
The Junior League of Jackson’s purpose is to improve the lives in our community by working with community partners to deliver services and assistance to those in need. The Junior League of Jackson uses an Issue Based Community Impact Model to select and evaluate all community projects. Our projects focus on at least one of the following three impact areas: early literacy, children’s health, and the social development of children and youth. The specificity of the impact model allows us to focus our efforts and resources to address the critical needs in our community.
- Expose preschoolers and early elementary students, ages 0-8, to print and language.
- Provide access to nutritional foods.
- Increase knowledge on benefits of healthy eating and teach skills on how to prepare healthy meals.
- Increase knowledge on benefits of being physically active along with access to facilities and space.
- Provide access to information to support positive life choices.
- Improving problem solving skills, coping skills, and self-esteem.
Our membership works year-round with the community partners on these issue based projects throughout the Jackson metro area. In fact, our members provides more than 50,000 hours of service each year. These hours are important for the community to benefit and grow, but our members also learn from this work. By working as a team and serving our community, we are developing the potential of women and promoting voluntarism, two of the main missions of the League.
All our community projects are staffed with JLJ volunteers and all volunteers are required to complete an intensive Provisional year and thereafter choose from a wide range of community projects each year. Through these projects, volunteers acquire the skills, knowledge and empowerment to effectively serve the community.