Training Leaders

Training Sets Us Apart

Training is central to the Junior League experience. It is educational in focus and aimed at improving our volunteer efforts. In fact, the Junior League of Chicago’s mission statement focuses on “promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”

Each member’s training starts with their Associate-term course and for many continues within their placement programs during their active years. In addition to the routine training received in their placements, members take advantage of these additional training opportunities.


Junior League of Chicago University (JLCUs)

These regularly scheduled training opportunities aim to provide additional tools for our members to become effective volunteers and to develop as community and civic leaders. Topics focus on Healthy Lifestyles and Leadership and have included sessions such as, “Healthy Snacks on a Budget”, “Building Effective Team Dynamics”, and women’s health issues like heart health and breast cancer awareness.


General and Annual Meetings

The JLC hosts League-wide general meetings twice a year in Fall and Winter, and an Annual meeting each May. These well-attended meetings update League members on the activities, projects, and goals of the entire organization, and generally include an educational component.


Get On Boards

The JLC offers a premier, nonprofit board leadership training program for our seasoned League members. This program was designed by the Junior League of Chicago to further train members to be civic leaders within the community and serve the league as well as other organizations in leadership positions. Participants complete a two-day, expert-led training program that includes sessions on nonprofit financials, legal issues, strategic planning, public relations, and fundraising. The program aims to connect graduates with local nonprofit organizations and heighten their leadership skills.