A Message from the President
Welcome to the New York Junior League!
Today, we continue a tradition that began in 1901 with 19-year-old New Yorker Mary Harriman. By organizing a group of young women who gave their time, talent, and energy, she ensured that New York City would be a better place to live for newly-arrived immigrants. Their work in Manhattan’s Lower East Side settlement houses provided a vision of the power of women as trained volunteers and gave birth to the New York Junior League (NYJL).
One hundred sixteen years later, the NYJL’s more than 2,800 volunteers contribute more than 250,000 hours of service annually and exemplify the diverse activities and community projects we undertake. Our programs target five areas of need in New York City: Adult Education and Mentoring, Children’s Education, Child Health and Welfare, City Impact, and Culture and the Arts. Our volunteers also impact the community-at-large through signature initiatives, including:
- The Personal Empowerment Project (PEP) is NYJL’s 115th anniversary project. This committee focuses on career mentoring for high school girls by opening the students’ minds to different career paths. PEP introduces the mentees to several careers and helps them to understand the education and experience required to pursue such a career.
- The Community Health Access Model Program (CHAMP), which presents preventative health education programs to the New York City community at large.
- The Playground Improvement Project, which revitalizes and beautifies neglected playgrounds and parks in New York City neighborhoods for 26 years and counting.
- The Community Improvement Project, celebrating its fifth annual project this year, where through a one-year partnership with a Manhattan based nonprofit organization, volunteers help enhance and revitalize the organization’s space and bring vital programming to assist them in increasing their community impact.
- The Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse course, which trains participants to be effective Board Members on nonprofit boards and introduces them to dynamic New York City nonprofit agencies through a structured placement process.
- The Forum for Nonprofits, which presents an annual “Conference on Volunteerism” for invitees from nonprofit organizations and other members of the New York community at large.
We cultivate long-term partnerships with a broad range of community organizations that share our passion for improving the New York City community. The NYJL partners with organizations and programs including neighborhood centers, senior residences, hospitals, and transitional housing, to name just a few. I encourage you to learn more about the NYJL by exploring our website. Thank you for your interest and commitment to our mission.
Very truly yours,
Suzanne E. Manning