What Is the Junior League?

The Association of Junior Leagues International is an organization of volunteers committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We are a non-profit, charitable and educational organization.

What do you mean by International?

The Junior League of Halifax is one of 296 Leagues in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, and Mexico with a combined membership of over 193,000 women. Collectively the Leagues make up the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., headquartered in New York.

How are you trained?

Members are educated about the community and its needs through our newsletter and membership meetings. They are trained in the skills needed for community leadership through participation in League committees, projects, workshops, and by working in the community.

To complement the training received through active participation in the activities of the Junior League, members also receive formal training both locally and internationally. Locally, members are offered opportunities to participate in conferences such as the Annual Halifax Volunteer Conference and Zoom in on Girls offered by the Girls Action Foundation, among others. Internationally, members have the opportunity to take on advanced leadership roles with JLH and attend conferences offered by the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). AJLI conferences provide excellent training in many areas such as governance, community-based impact, membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, as well as many topics that are important for growth personally, professionally, and within the JL!

How does the Junior League serve the community?

Members serve as trained volunteers in the fields of social and health services, education, public affairs, and the arts. Individual members serve on community agency boards. The League studies the community independently or in cooperation with other agencies and initiates projects to fulfill unmet needs by contributing volunteer support time, administrative guidance and often financial assistance. We support a project until its value has been demonstrated and its sponsorship assumed by an appropriate community agency. Alternatively, the League may adopt an issue, such as female self-esteem and empowerment, and focus its programming around the issue through the establishment of partnerships with organizations.  The League also allocates seed monies to new community projects to foster development.

How does one become a member?

If you are interested in becoming a new member you can contact us via email at info@juniorleagueofhalifax.org. Membership is open to women over the age of 19 who have the time and interest to be trained as effective volunteers.

What benefits do you receive as a League member?

Benefits received from being a Junior League member include leadership training, personal growth, community awareness, meeting and working with a network of talented women and direct volunteer service.

What Canadian cities have Junior Leagues?

Halifax, Hamilton-Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto make up the Canadian Federation of Junior Leagues.