History of The Junior League of Kingsport

The Junior League of Kingsport, Tennessee, Incorporated, officially began in February of 1958, when the Kingsport Junior Service League was accepted into membership in the Association of Junior Leagues of America, (now The Association of Junior Leagues International) becoming the first Junior League in the Tri-Cities area. 

But our story actually began seventy-one years ago in the year 1935 when the Kingsport Welfare League was organized with sixteen charter members. In 1947 another local group, the Junior Guild, was accepted into the National Association of Junior Auxiliary, becoming the Kingsport Junior Auxiliary. The Kingsport Junior Service League was formed in 1950 by the merger of the two community service groups, the Junior Welfare League and the Junior Auxiliary. These women began the tradition of building a better community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The tradition has been continued and built upon by the Kingsport Junior League of today. The Junior League of Kingsport (JLK) takes pride in a history that is rich and inspiring – one that is rooted in the belief that a group of women can be a powerful force for change.

Through the years, over $650,000 has been invested by our Junior League in projects for the Kingsport area community. The Junior League of Kingsport has supported and continues to support many project and special interests while fulfilling our mission of “promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community thorough the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers”. Together, our members work to build a better community.

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Our Mission


The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Junior Leagues reach out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.


The Power of Association

Formed in 1921, the Association provides continuity and support, guidance and leadership development opportunities to 292 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Through regional, national, and international meetings, comprehensive resources, customized consultations, League and member benefits, we add value to our member Leagues in their fulfillment of the Junior League Mission.  

Junior Leagues have been the driving force behind the kinds of initiatives and institutions that make communities healthier, more vital places to live: family literacy, historic preservation, children's museums, women's shelters, school readiness, leadership development, and more. More than 170,000 Junior League members reflecting a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and professional pursuits work together to identify unmet needs, forge effective coalitions, and work for change. Time and time again, the Junior League is among the first organizations to step up to the plate and tackle a community's biggest challenges. 

We are governed by a 19-member Board of Directors, all of whom are members of the Junior Leagues in their communities. The Board is accountable to the Leagues for the development of goals that enhance Leagues' ability to fulfill the Junior League Mission. The Association's New York City-based staff, under the leadership of the Executive Director, provide services to Leagues that support the established goals. Read more about the AJLI Board and Staff Leaders. 

AJLI is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All of our programs and activities are supported by League membership dues, foundation and corporate grants and other revenue-producing efforts. Find out how you can support the work  of AJLI and reach our member Leagues


Click here to read about the History of the Junior League Movement in Kingsport.