Junior League of Northwest Arkansas

JLNWA History

Junior League of Northwest Arkansas History

The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas was founded in 1992 as the Junior Service League born from a shared vision of a small group of local women who wanted to better this community in which we live. It was soon decided that the history and mission of the Association of Junior Leagues International and the organization's strong emphasis on volunteer training would provide our local organization with the strength, clarity and resources to even better serve the needs of Northwest Arkansas.

The Association of Junior League's International was founded in 1921 and includes two hundred and ninety-four Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Famous members of Junior League include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, First Lady Barbara Bush, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Pulitzer Prize Winner Eudora Welty, First Lady Laura Bush and Academy Award Winner Katherine Hepburn.

After seven years of working to improve our community, we accomplished affiliation and became the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas on April 21, 1999.