Join Us

WHAT IS THE NYJL? We are a volunteer-powered organization of women from all generations, all walks of life, bound by a single goal: to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families in our City.

Become a member

We are passionate about helping others.

We teach children. Mentor teen moms. Plant trees. Renovate community centers. Engage seniors. Show families how to live smart. Advocate for policies that better serve communities in our City. Organize events that raise funds for community needs. Support and train our fellow members, preparing them to be effective community volunteers. Make lasting friendships. And much, much more. Join us today!

How to become a member of the NYJL and volunteer with us

Step 1: Complete your online profile.  Get Started Now!

Once you complete your profile, you will receive an email to verify your account. Click on the verification link to return to the online member portal and to proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Sign up for a new member orientation.

After verifying your account, you will be able to select an orientation date.

At new member orientation, you will learn more about the NYJL and how you can get involved. These orientations are great opportunities to learn more about the work that we do and how you can continue the application process.

Step 3: Submit your application.

After attending an orientation, you’ll get a link to the online application. Applications are reviewed continuously throughout the year and confirmations are notified by email.

Step 4: Register for your Provisional Training Course

All applicants who are accepted participate in a Provisional training course before becoming NYJL active volunteers. New training courses begin in late September and late January. Participation at all training meetings is required.

Transfer your volunteer membership

Already a member of another Junior League? Have you recently moved, or do you plan to move, to New York City? Contact your current Junior League and ask them to transfer your membership to the NYJL. We accept Transfers throughout the year. You’ll get a special advisor to help you navigate your transition. We host fun socials and weekend outings designed especially for Transfers that will help you get to know New York City.


Training women to become community leaders is in our DNA. Ever since 1901, when founder Mary Harriman taught her friends how to work with families living in tenements on the Lower East Side, the New York Junior League has been committed to developing women’s leadership skills. Today our volunteers learn through a variety of innovative, hands-on training programs. In addition, we also provide training to the general public through these signature initiatives:

Community Impact

We provide a positive force for change through direct service, collaborations with other community organizations, and advocacy.

NYJL volunteers strengthen the health and well-being of children and families of the greater New York area. Volunteers serve on committees that meet regularly with over 20 community partners in New York City—schools, neighborhood centers, senior residences, hospitals, transitional housing, to name just a few. Our 30 community committees are organized into five distinct Councils that focus on specific community needs.

Community Councils

  • Adult Education & Mentoring Council

    This area focuses on adult life skills training and support; self-esteem and self-advocacy; companionship and guidance; and tools and resources for success. NYJL volunteers counsel and advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault victims in New York City hospitals in partnership with New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Domestic & Other Violence Emergencies program; focus on goal-setting, housing, job/career search, and finances with the Women’s Prison Association, prepare recent immigrants for their job search at the English-Speaking Union, and develop friendships with the elderly at the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged.

  • Read more about our committees and partners
  • Children’s Education Council

    Working with community partners such as Mott Haven Academy Charter School and Women in Need, the underlying goal of the Children’s Education Council is to empower parents, guardians and caregivers with the tools that will help them build a positive future for themselves and their families. For families who are homeless, headed by a single parent or experiencing other difficulties, the stress of daily life can be overwhelming. NYJL volunteers participate in programs intended to help alleviate some of the pressures faced by today’s families and enable their children to lead fuller, healthier, and more independent lives. NYJL volunteers work with many established community partners to provide educational support in a variety of disciplines including math, science, art, financial literacy, reading and writing. In conjunction with community partners through our Done in a Day program, the NYJL also completes episodic projects, such as emergency relief events, food pantry and clothing bank services, education, mentoring, and brick and mortar improvements. In addition to these time and talent contributions to the community, the Community Improvement Project establishes a one-year partnership with a selected facility to assist in increasing the facility’s community impact through a $50,000 capital donation, accompanied by hundreds of volunteer man-hours.

  • Read more about our committees and partners
  • Culture & the Arts Council

    To help bring arts education and appreciation to underserved New York children and teenagers, NYJL volunteers design interactive projects to encourage self-expression while building confidence and self-esteem. Research shows that exposure to art and music facilitates social and communicative development in children, and NYJL volunteers provide these opportunities via robust visual and performing arts curricula and supplemental trips to venues from The Met to Carnegie Hall. Other community partners in this area include P.S. 64, Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA,The Harbor for Boys and Girls and the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center.

    For more than 20 years, NYJL volunteers have designed, planned, funded and completed a playground renovation each spring in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

  • Read more about our committees and partners
  • Child Health & Welfare Council

    A mentor is a trusted adult with a long-term, consistent commitment to provide guidance and support to at-risk youth. NYJL volunteers work to teach these young people that challenging life circumstances provide opportunities to learn, grow, and persevere. The NYJL works with a variety of community partners, including the Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network, Mentoring USA, Andrew Glover, and Good Shepherd. Volunteers provide programming that uses a positive approach, harnessing individual strengths and aiming to foster responsibility, self-esteem, initiative, and development of life skills.

  • Read more about our committees and partners
  • City Impact Council

    The City Impact Council addresses the NYJL’s community projects partnering with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for the Playground Improvement Project as well as other Manhattan-based organizations through our Community Improvement Project, Done in a Day, and Done in a Day on Demand committees.

  • Read more about our committees and partners

How can I apply to be a Community Partner?

We are always looking for new community partners.

If you think your organization, project, or program would benefit from working with the NYJL and our team of trained volunteers, we encourage you to apply to become a community partner.


  • Our community partners are NYC-based organizations that work hand-in-hand with an NYJL team of trained volunteers for one-off projects and ongoing programs. Aside from collaborating with community partners on their established programs and projects, the NYJL can also customize programs to fulfill service gaps and meet clients’ unique needs.
  • Types of ongoing programs include life skills workshops for clients transitioning out of homelessness, the foster care system, or incarceration; health and leadership programs for adolescents; visual and performing arts for children; job readiness and career development; nutrition workshops; financial literacy; community space renovations; and academic support, among others.
  • Community Improvement Project (CIP) APPLY FOR CIP

  • Each year the NYJL creates a one-year partnership with a selected NYC community facility to increase our community impact. We provide a team of trained NYJL volunteers to help complete the project as well as funding support and in-kind services for capital improvements. Furthermore, the NYJL offers on-going enrichment services to our CIP clients, for example tutoring and workforce development at Hartley House. In addition to Hartley House, past CIP partners include Union SettlementNew York City Mission Society, and Urban Dove.

If you have any questions about how we work with community partners, or the application process, please email We look forward to hearing from you!

Interested in learning more about the NYJL’s current programs and initiatives?

Join our Community Impact e-mail list!

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the New York Junior League.

We welcome all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.

New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075
Phone: 212.288.6220 | Fax: 646.390.6047 | Email:

Copyright © 2014 The Junior League of the City of New York | Privacy Statement

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.