Les Jeune Amies, or “The Young Friends,” was a women’s social and charitable organization formed in April 1958. The group officially introduced themselves to the public with a “Beauty Soiree” on October 5th at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse on Highland Avenue in San Bernardino, California. Nearly half of the members were Air Force wives stationed at Norton Air Force Base (San Bernardino, Calif.). Les Jeunes Amies founding members were: Sandra A. Whitefield, Wilma J. Taylor, Barbara J. Shields, Verda M. Edinburgh, Lois J. Carson, Ruth L. Williams. Mattie B. McDowell, Erma J. Tucker and Theresa Manley.
Les Jeunes Amies formally disbanded circa 1967, re-forming in 1968 as a local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. The NCNW Inland Empire Section (Rialto, Calif.) continues to empower women and youths through advocacy and charitable programs, as well as through the NCNW Bethune Center which provides youth career training.