Mission – Vision – Values
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES BY CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO
The Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, 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, EQUITY, INCLUSION AND BELONGING (DEIB)
The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We aim to foster a diverse, inclusive, equitable, culturally competent, and supportive environment where members have a sense of belonging and model behavior that enriches our community. JLSJ is committed to ongoing DEIB efforts and investment internally as a League and throughout our community.
SOCIETY EVOLVES IN THE CARE OF BRAVE AND THOUGHTFUL LEADERS
The Junior League: Women Around the World as Catalysts for Lasting Community Change.
Founded in 1901 by New Yorker and social activism pioneer Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women, developed as civic leaders, making a demonstrable impact on their communities. In 1921 the Leagues joined forces as an association, which is today known as The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., in order to bolster their power and amplify their voice through shared knowledge and common causes.
True to their mission, today’s League members work at the forefront of social reform, tackling the toughest and most critical issues of the day—including childhood nutrition and obesity, human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others—for the purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of civil society.
As a result of this work, The Junior League—and the more than 125,000 women in over 295 communities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico who comprise its ranks—has amassed an archive of tangible results and a reputation as thoughtful and influential change agents dedicated to the public good.
Please visit AJLI’s website for more information.
Diversity: The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
Collaboration: We believe lasting societal change is achieved through both collaboration and meaningful disagreement. Living the value of collaboration inspires us to accomplish more together.
Community: We believe a strong sense of community is essential to human well-being. Living the value of community provides a foundation of inclusion, which allows us to make a greater impact on the world around us.
Empowerment: We believe that the empowerment of women is a necessary requirement to create positive, lasting societal change. Living the value of empowerment fosters trust and confidence in each other.
Leadership: We believe in the unique power of women’s leadership abilities to transform communities for the better. Living the value of leadership allows us to make a collective difference.
Respect: We believe respect is a fundamental human right. Living the value of respect instills in us an unconditional positive regard for others.
Service: We believe it is through service that we build core relationships with others. Service is the lens through which we decide how we will invest our time and resources. Living the value of service empowers us as catalysts for lasting community change.
JLSJ In-Person Event COVID Safety Policy and Guidelines
JLSJ is excited to welcome League and non-League members back to in-person events. The health and safety of our community is a top priority for JLSJ. As such, individuals choosing to attend JLSJ in-person events must abide by our JLSJ Health and Safety Policy and Guidelines which requires that in-person event attendees are vaccinated against COVID-19 and follow current Santa Clara mask- wearing guidance.