Community Impact


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.

Community Councils

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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Community Partners

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.



Women’s Prison Association New Beginnings
Gilda’s Club New York City Cancer Awareness and Support
Ronald McDonald House of New York Cancer Awareness and Support
New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Domestic & Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE) Crisis Intervention
Jewish Home Lifecare NYJL Senior Friends
The Covenant House Rights of Passage Program Rights of Passage
Andrew Glover Youth Program Steps to Success
The English-Speaking Union Steps to Success
Hartley House Community Improvement Project
New York Common Pantry Done in a Day on Demand
Mott Haven Academy Charter School Tutor Time
Boys & Girls Harbor School Performance of a Lifetime
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Playground Improvement Project
P.S. 64 Project Muse
Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA Spotlight on Performance
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center Stanley Isaacs
Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network (SCAN) Girl’s Leadership Institute
Covenant House Healthy Beginnings
Mentoring USA Mentoring Partners
Good Shepherd Services New View


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

Join our Community Impact e-mail list!

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.

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!

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
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