Who We Are

For more than a century, The Junior League has prepared women to lead … to challenge the status quo for the vital purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our civil society.
 
Junior League leaders nationwide have been instrumental in building into our daily lives many of the privileges we all now take for granted, privileges that set the standard for the world around us: free school lunch, literacy programs, children’s theaters and museums, clean water, children’s nutrition, and greater awareness of the flaws that plague modern culture—human trafficking, juvenile justice, domestic violence and alcohol abuse to name a few.
 
AS A RESULT OF THIS WORK, WE HAVE AMASSED AN ARCHIVE OF IRREFUTABLE RESULTS AND MAINTAIN AN INDISPUTABLE REPUTATION AS THOUGHTFUL AND INFLUENTIAL CHANGE AGENTS FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD.
 
Today, The Junior League of Martin County (JLMC) is spearheading several initiatives that will increase our impact. 
 
OUR MISSION
Junior League of Martin County is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women's leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.
 
OUR VISION
The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for Lasting Community Change.
 
OUR VALUES
  • Diversity: The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
  • Collaboration: We believe lasting societal change is achieved through both collaboration and meaningful disagreement. Living the value of collaboration inspires us to accomplish more together.
  • Community: We believe a strong sense of community is essential to human well-being. Living the value of community provides a foundation of inclusion, which allows us to make a greater impact on the world around us.
  • Empowerment: We believe that the empowerment of women is a necessary requirement to create positive, lasting societal change. Living the value of empowerment fosters trust and confidence in each other.
  • Leadership: We believe in the unique power of women’s leadership abilities to transform communities for the better. Living the value of leadership allows us to make a collective difference.
  • Respect: We believe respect is a fundamental human right. Living the value of respect instills in us an unconditional positive regard for others.
  • Service: We believe it is through service that we build core relationships with others. Service is the lens through which we decide how we will invest our time and resources. Living the value of service empowers us as catalysts for lasting community change.
 
FOCUS
JLMC's strategic plan focuses on member and community engagement while maintaining organizational and fiscal stability and ensuring community recognition and support. The current community impact will be targeted towards literacy improvement in Martin County. Additionally, JLMC will continue to support the International Coastal Clean-Up and partner with the The Children's Museum, Martin County School District, United Way White Doves Holiday Project, Gertrude Walden Center, Hibiscus Children’s Center, and more. A combined dedication of over 300 volunteer hours to these organizations furthers the JLMC’s mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve the community.
 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Major Contributor to the creation and promotion of the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast
  • Development of an Annual Book drive to assist First Year Teachers in the Martin County Public Schools
  • Development of the I-Spy Exhibit at Florida Oceanographic
  • JLMC Endowment Fund at Indian River State College
 
THE POWER OF ASSOCIATION - AJLI
The Junior League of Martin County is a member league of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, the 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, The Junior League—and the more than 125,000 women in over 295 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.

Today AJLI is a charitable nonprofit organization that provides continuity and support, guidance, and leadership development opportunities to its member Leagues. Through regional, national and international meetings, comprehensive resources, customized consultations, and League and member benefits, it supports its member Leagues in the fulfillment of The Junior League’s Mission. AJLI is governed by a Board of Directors, which is accountable to the Leagues and comprised of women who are members of the Junior Leagues in their communities. The Association's New York City-based staff, under the leadership of the Executive Director, provides services to Leagues that support the established goals.

Spotlights

MARY HARRIMAN. 
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT. 
SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR. 
EUDORA WELTY. 
HELEN WILLS. 
MARGARET CHASE SMITH. 
FLORENCE BIRD. 

These are but a few of the myriad women of The Junior League who have helped solidify the movement’s legacy of meaningful reform through the development of our greatest natural resource—our members.