History of The Junior League
Since its beginning in 1901 in New York, The Junior League has grown to include over 125,000 women in 295 Leagues across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Over the last 100 years, The Junior League has made its mission to impact five key areas: improving health outcomes and disparities, eradicating poverty and food insecurity, closing the gender gap, advancing childhood education, and ending gender-based violence. Many notable women have been Junior League members, including Katharine Hepburn, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Julia Child. Betty Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Eudora Welty, and many others. Countless members have been successful businesswomen, politicians, athletes, First Ladies, and more.
Throughout the years, Junior Leagues across the globe have supported many efforts throughout history, including supporting women’s suffrage, providing milk and nutrition during the Great Depression, selling war bonds and working at hospitals during WWI and WWII, supporting equal opportunities for women in all aspects of society, improving child welfare system, participating in healthcare initiatives, volunteering after Hurricane Katrina, and spearheading legislation against domestic violence. Today, the Junior League is tackling emerging issues such as human trafficking, cyber bullying, and cyber crimes.
About The Junior League of North Little Rock
The Junior League of North Little Rock is a charitable, nonprofit organization serving North Little Rock and Pulaski County, Arkansas. For the past 75 years, our members have bettered our community by promoting voluntarism, empowering women, and serving the needs of our community through effective community programs and leadership of trained volunteers. We’re a nonpartisan group of diverse women dedicated to making a difference in North Little Rock.
Our community programs include reading to school children, supporting North Little Rock teachers, partnering with NLRPD and the Salvation Army to provide Christmas gifts to children, providing support and baby items to new mothers, providing hygiene items to students at NLR ISD schools, and more! As JLNRL continues to grow, the possibilities of how we can better our community are endless!
A message from our president
Empowered Women Building Communities
I am President of Junior League North Little Rock (JLNLR) for the year 2022-2023. I am a lifelong resident of Arkansas. I attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR., and later the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where I obtained a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. I have worked in the mental health field for over 25 years and I am licensed by the state of Arkansas as a Psychological Examiner.
I enjoy working with children and my hobbies include reading, shopping, running, traveling, and most of all spending time with my family. I am married and the mother of three sons. I joined the League in 2017.
My theme for the 2022-2023 League Year is “Empowered Women Building Communities. The League helped me to discover more about myself and I gained the confidence to lead others instead of following. The League empowered me and I want to empower other women to help them find their voice. As women, we are leaders in our families and in our communities and the change is upon us to lead the change we want to see in the world. As President, I will do my part to empower, support, guide and respect other women.
The League is celebrating almost 75 years of service to the NLR community. I am grateful and honored to be serving as president during this time. We welcome all women to join the Junior League of North Little Rock who are ready to lead and make an impact.
Ericka N. Mays, MS, LPE-I,
Junior League of North Little Rock
The Junior League of North Little Rock is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
For more information about community events, memberships, and more, contact the Junior League of North Little Rock today!