NYJL: 115 Years of Working for Women

NYJL: 115 Years of Working for Women

The New York Junior League has the rare honor of being one of the oldest organizations created by women and for women and their families. Our founder, Mary Harriman, was motivated by a sense of social responsibility and the idea that women could make a difference in the wider community.

“We have the responsibility to act, and we have the opportunity to conscientiously act to affect the environment around us.”

—Mary Harriman, 1912

From the beginning, we wanted to make an impact in women’s lives, first through settlement houses and then by expanding our network of influence by working with hospitals, schools, and public playgrounds, and now through our community partners like Women In Need and the Women’s Prison Association.

On Wednesday, January 20, we welcome speakers from both of these institutions to discuss the historic partnership with NYJL and the impact our programs have with the communities they serve today:

    Katie Tynes, Director of Volunteer Services, Women In Need

    Georgia Lerner, Executive Director, Women’s Prison Association

Members will be have the opportunity to learn about:

  • the NYJL’s history of community outreach
  • the development of our long-standing mission to women and the community
  • how that activism is expressed through our collaboration with social service non-profits
  • how the problems faced by these communities have changed over the last 115 years and the resulting shift in focus with NYJL programs and community partners

About our community partners

    Since 1983, Women in Need (WIN) has been helping homeless New York City women and their children transform their lives through a progressive and holistic solution of safe, clean housing, critical services, and ground-breaking programs developed to break the cycle of homelessness, so the women can regain their independence and their children can look forward to a brighter future. Various NYJL committees work with WIN to empower and educate women and children including our Steps to Success workshops for job skills training, CHEF healthy cooking workshops for families and the Da Vinci Explorers’ art and science curriculum for kids which encourages hands-on learning and critical thinking.

    The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) is a New York City nonprofit organized in 1845 to assist women with criminal justice involvement and improve the systems that incarcerated them. WPA assists women who have been arrested and incarcerated to address their concrete and interpersonal needs, and their work has expanded to include a focus on intensive, home-based partnerships with women and families to keep families together in the community and to avoid criminal justice involvement. Currently, the New Beginnings committee works with the Women’s Prison Association to plan, lead, and run life skills workshops for women who have recently been released from incarceration. Through this initiative, the NYJL continues our commitment to working with those with a criminal justice history.

Speaker bios

    Katie Tynes joined Women in Need in April of last year as Director of Volunteer Services. She was selected as one of the inaugural New York Nonprofit Media’s 40 Under 40 Rising Star Award recipients in 2015. Previously, she was the Director of National Programming & Client Services for Workshop in Business Opportunities.

    As Executive Director, Georgia Lerner leads WPA’s efforts as they continue and build upon the original mission. She has advocated for the use of gender-specific, evidence-based assessments and interventions and has participated as an advisor, trainer, and panelist at numerous local, state, and national symposia to promote the use of sensible responses to crime. She is regularly invited to speak about the agency’s cutting-edge work in family reunification housing, alternatives to incarceration, family strengthening case management, mentoring, and prison-based peer training and education. Prior to joining WPA in 2000, Ms. Lerner worked at Medical and Health Research Association of NYC.

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.

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.


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