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Join the Young Friends of the International Institute!


The Young Friends promote the value of the Institute's mission and services that build communication bridges between all St. Louisans of diverse cultures. They also recruit other Friends and volunteers by telling the story of the important work of the Institute.

Some Friends also provide hands-on support by volunteering at the Institute or by serving on our Junior Board. The Junior Board is the leadership of the Young Friends. They are a distinct group of individuals with diverse backgrounds and skills between the ages of 21 and 40 who work together creatively and passionately to further the work of the International Institute.

Join the Young Friends today and support the work of the IISTL.
Membership is only $45.

Immersion, Investment, and Inclusion, our three pillars of service, offer a solid structure to build positive relationships between newcomers and long time Americans.

Together, we can improve lives and help strengthen St. Louis!

As a Young Friend you will:

  • Serve as an Institute Ambassador
  • Attend events
  • Volunteer!

Your $45 membership benefits include:

  • 10 free mulligans at our Annual Trivia Night plus free drinks
  • Free t-shirt at the Festival of Nations plus 4 drink vouchers
  • Discount ticket prices at special events
  • Social and professional networking opportunities
  • Volunteer activities
  • Recognition in publications
  • And opportunities to learn more about St. Louis' diverse community
Click here to join online!




To pay by check, click here.

Junior Board

The International Institute of St. Louis’ Junior Board promotes St. Louis’ growing cultural diversity through social networking, educational, and community service activities. Junior Board members provide volunteer and financial support to programs that help refugees and immigrants adjust to St. Louis.  Board members hail from a variety of backgrounds, including former peace corps volunteers, marketing executives, teachers, graduate students and many others.

Junior Board Mission

Through professional and social networks, Junior Board members provide leadership and fundraising support, while raising awareness of the IISTL’s programs and services.