Our History

The Junior League of Colorado Springs belongs to the Association of Junior Leagues International. The very first Junior League was established in New York City by young women who wanted work to improve child health, nutrition and literacy. Soon after, new Leagues around the country formed, and the focus began to shift to social, health and educational issues that affected the community at large.

On March 30, 1924, a group of Colorado Springs women concerned about the survival of Nutrition Camp formed the Junior League of Colorado Springs (JLCS). The Nutrition Camp School helped malnourished children in Colorado Springs become healthier, thus fighting off the ravages of tuberculosis. The League sponsored five beds the first year. By 1939, the number of children helped reached 450.

Since that compelling beginning, the JLCS boasts an impressive history of serving the youth and families of Colorado Springs through volunteer service. The JLCS has grown and evolved, both as initiator of projects, and as a ready partner to other non-profit organizations to address needs in the community.

Today, there are over 294 leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Famous Junior Leaguers include: Shirley Temple Black, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Betty Ford, Katharine Hepburn, Sandra Day O’Connor, Nancy Reagan and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Past Projects

The JLCS has grown and evolved, both as initiator of projects, as well as a ready partner to other non-profit organizations to address needs in the community.
Active Through Advocacy
Adolescent Pregnancy Task Force
Adolescent Girls Receiving Home
Advocacy Skills Workshop
Arena Action Research Team – World Arena
Arts and Interest – Art Lecture Series
Baby Clinic
Books Bring Adventure Radio Program
Boy’s Club Library
CALL – Consumer Action Line
KOAA 5 & 30 Can Help (Consumer Advocacy)
Child Advocacy
Child Care Day Nursery
Children’s Action Line, Ltd.
Children’s Literacy Center
Children’s Wing – Fine Arts Center
Citizen’s Goals for Colorado Springs
— (now known as Leadership Pikes Peak)
Colorado Calendar
Communities in Schools
Community Challenge
Community Enabling Fund
Community Focus Forum
Community Leadership Institute
Community Service Corps
Court Care
Creative Writing Contest Program
Crisis Care Nursery
Domestic Violence Prevention Program
Done in a Day
El Paso County Group Socialization Program
Facts of Life Line
Family Ties
Fine Arts Children’s Theater
Golden Happenings Radio Show
Good Grief
Hope House
IRIS – Information & Referral Integrated System
— (now known as 2-1-1)
Kid Esteem
Kids on the Block
La Casa Contenta
Listen Up
Los Amigos
Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
Mental Health Lecture Series
Nature Resource Guide
Newborn Audio Screening
Nutrition Camp
Parenting Education/Parenting Enrichment
Parents are Forever
Parks Projects
Pre-School for the Hard of Hearing
Pikes Peak Children’s Museum
Public School Milk Fund
Ronald McDonald House
Safe House/MOVE
Safe Kids
The School for the Deaf and the Blind Library
School Volunteer Services
Second Chance
Shopping Service for Convalescent Soldiers
TOP – Teen Outreach Program
Tour Guide
Town Hall Lecture Series
USO Scrapbooks
Volunteer Career Development Training
Whitehouse Ranch Nature Trail
Women and Alcohol Media Campaign
Women’s Film Festival
Women’s Seminar
YES! (Youth Excelling in School)
Youth Services Bureau