WE PROVIDE A POSITIVE FORCE FOR CHANGE THROUGH DIRECT SERVICE, COLLABORATIONS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, AND ADVOCACY.
Since 1901, the New York Junior League has developed exceptionally qualified volunteers who identify our community’s most pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs. We change the way people think.
Our hands-on community programs and advocacy efforts directly address critical, social challenges including human trafficking, foster care, domestic violence, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, and literacy, among others.
NYJL volunteers are bound by a single goal: to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families in our city.
Our community programming is organized into five areas of focus: Adult Education and Mentoring, Child Health and Welfare, Children’s Education, City Impact and Culture and the Arts.
Adult Education & Mentoring Council
Focusing on adult life skills training and support, esteem and self-advocacy, and companionship and guidance, NYJL volunteers provide clients the tools and resources to be successful. Committees help to train, counsel and advocate for adults in need across a wide array of areas from recently incarcerated women to survivors of domestic violence to the elderly to families living in transitional housing and more.
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Child Health & Welfare Council
NYJL volunteers step in and help at-risk youth, such as those in the foster care or child welfare system, and low-income families gain new perspectives and develop the personal resources to overcome challenging life circumstances. Our mentoring programs center on identifying children’s individual strengths all with the aim of fostering responsibility, self-esteem, initiative, and development of life skills.
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Children’s Education Council
For families who are homeless, headed by a single parent, or experiencing other difficulties, the stress of daily life can be overwhelming. NYJL volunteers have designed programs that help to alleviate some of the pressures these families face and enable them to lead fuller, healthier, and more independent lives. NYJL volunteers empower parents, guardians, and caregivers, providing them with tools that help create a more positive future for themselves and their families, and provide educational support in a variety of disciplines including math, science, art, financial literacy, reading, and writing.
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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.
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Culture & the Arts Council
Research shows that exposure to art and music facilitates critical social and communicative development in children. To help bring arts education and appreciation to underserved New York children and teenagers, NYJL volunteers have designed interactive programs that build confidence and self-esteem through encouraging self-expression. Volunteers provide robust visual and performing arts curricula supplemented with trips to venues such as The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.
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We cultivate long-term partnerships with a broad range of community organizations that share our passion for improving the New York City community.
The New York Junior League partners with organizations and programs including neighborhood centers, senior residences, hospitals, and transitional housing, to name just a few. We are proud to work with the following organizations.
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Become A 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.
Community Partners Apply to be 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 Settlement, New York City Mission Society, and Urban Dove.