JLT History

In May of 1929, twenty women created a service organization and founded a day nursery located in a little building north of the Masonic Temple in downtown Tucson.  In 1933, the organization was formally recognized by the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), becoming the Junior League of Tucson, Inc. (JLT).  For over 80 years, our members have been dedicated to building a better community through their role in training community leaders and helping to establish community resources, such as the Ronald McDonald House, the St. Luke’s Home, Brewster Home and the Fort Lowell Restoration Project.

1943 JLT Board of Directors

1943 JLT Board of Directors

The Junior League of Tucson’s members are part of an international network, the Association of Junior Leagues International, encompassing more than 155,000 women in 293 leagues around the world who are changing their communities and their world. Every day, Junior Leagues across the country are finding new ways to embrace their goals of empowering members to be in the forefront of community leadership.

Today the Junior League of Tucson, Inc., is still identifying unmet needs, creating effective partnerships, and working for positive change in our community. We are proud of our heritage, and dedicated to continuing our outstanding level of service.

The JLT fulfills its goals in several significant ways. First, we offer our members the friendship and support of other women, learning important leadership skills together and challenging each other to reach their goals. Second, we offer our members the chance to learn tangible skills such as fundraising and organizational development through formal and “on the job” training. Finally, we engage with the community in long and short term projects.