Why Join Junior League of Lafayette?

Junior League women create lasting community change

The women of Junior League form strategic partnerships, create innovative programs and raise funds for exciting community initiatives. So what sets Junior League volunteers apart from the rest? They are not only women who want to improve communities; they are women with the training and skills to make it happen!

Since the very first Junior League convened in 1901 in New York City, The Junior League's emphasis has always been on learning. Members benefit from extensive training in leadership and organizational development, community needs assessment, strategic planning, communications, advocacy and fundraising. Through this unique training, League members learn to manage and train volunteers, unite communities and form partnerships.

Junior League of Lafayette began in 1957 as the Service League of Lafayette.  As a member of JLL, you will be trained for community service in areas of local need including child health/development, education, health/well-being, social services, substance abuse prevention, teens/juvenile justice, voluntarism and the arts.  You will be a part of our fundraising efforts, which over the years, has raised over $5 million dollars to fund and support our Mission.

Membership offers many benefits including opportunities for leadership, training, skill development, networking, recognition and friendships. Most importantly, JLL membership offers a chance to give back to the community and experience the fulfillment that comes from helping others. Junior League reaches out to women of all races, colors, religions and national origins.  With approximately 255 active members, 329 sustaining members, and 57 provisional members, who are completing a year of training to become active members in May, the Junior League of Lafayette is a dynamic organization with strong ties to the Lafayette community.  (Membership statistics of November 2015.)

Eligibility:

  • A candidate shall have reached her 23rd birthday by June 1, 2017.
  • The admissions area is Lafayette Parish, plus a 10 mile radius outside of the parish boundary.
  • A candidate shall have an interest in voluntarism.
  • A candidate shall have a commitment to community service.
  • A candidate shall have an interest in developing her potential for voluntary community participation.

Financial Participation:

  • Provisional course fee: $85 (One Time)
  • Junior League of Lafayette annual dues: $115 (Provisionals and Actives)
  • Tinsel & Treasures fundraiser obligation: $100 (Pre-event ticket sales)
  • Sale and/or purchase of two Junior League of Lafayette Cookbooks - Varies

Time Commitments:

  • The 2017-2018 Provisional class will be a NIGHT CLASS.
  • Provisional members shall be committed to attend a two hour monthly Provisional Meeting and complete the Provisional Training Course that will be held beginning August 2017 through May 2018.
  • All active and provisional members are required to attend a monthly General Membership Meeting, and complete Fall and Spring Placement Interviews.
  • Each active member is required to fulfill a "placement" every year in order to serve her community.
  • A placement averages 4 to 6 hours per month from August through May and can be done by working at a League-chosen community project or within the League's administration.
  • All active and provisional members are required to complete a task and market rotation at Tinsel & Treasures.

Provisional Training Opportunity

Provisional members are new members who are in the process of completing admission requirements for active membership.  As such, you shall be committed to completing the provisional course within the following year after your acceptance of provisional membership.
 
This course is designed to provide opportunities to learn more about the community, train for volunteering and learn about the responsibilities that come with League membership.  If you are unable to complete the provisional course for unavoidable reasons, the Management Team may grant one extension of 12 months.  While completing the provisional course, provisional members attend General Membership Meetings but are not eligible to vote or hold office.  The provisional year is from August until the following May.
 
An informational meeting is held each winter to allow interested women to learn about the Junior League of Lafayette from its current active, sustainer and provisional members.  A complete list of the provisional course requirements is made available at this meeting.

Interested in joining Junior League of Lafayette?

The application period for the 2017-2018 Provisional year is open January 24, 2017 through April 1, 2017.  APPLY HERE >>

The Candidate Open Houses will take place at Junior League of Lafayette Headquarters located at 504 Richland Avenue on the 3rd floor. Candidates are encouraged to attend one of the four (4) informational meetings on the following dates:

January 24, 2017 at 6:30pm
February 16, 2017 at 6:30pm
March 15, 2017 at 12:00pm and 6:30pm

Sponsors are strongly encouraged to attend the informational meeting with their candidate.

If you would like more information about Junior League of Lafayette please contact Roya Boustany, Junior League of Lafayette Admissions Chair at admissions@juniorleagueoflafayette.com or contact the League office at (337) 988-2739. We look forward to sharing this opportunity with you and hope you will consider becoming a member of Junior League of Lafayette.