The Junior League of Atlanta has undertaken two key initiatives to address critical needs in our community. Both of these initiatives address unmet needs, yet do not take away from our existing community partners and placements and opportunities. Click on either of the below headlines to learn more information about these initiatives and what the League is doing to address them.
In 2008, the Junior League of Atlanta adopted as their League Initiative the importance of early care and learning for children age birth to five. Programs like Journey to Literacy and the Million Minute Read have worked in the community to further this initiative, but raising awareness on this issue is our next goal. To see what key leaders in our community say about early childhood education,click here to watch video.
Early childhood literacy affects everyone, and there are things that you can do to help. It doesn’t have to be a grand action. Simply start small – begin by spreading the word about its importance to others, explain to people why it matters, and read to a child at every opportunity. We can make a difference. You can make a difference if you take the time. Learn more.
Our sister League in San Antonio created a video describing the crisis in their area, and unfortunately, many of our issues are quite similar. Click here to watch video.
According to the FBI, Atlanta is among 14 cities with the highest incidents of child prostitution. The Junior League of Atlanta has made it a priority to join with other organizations in Georgia to end the sexual exploitation of children in our community. Child sexual exploitation is child abuse at its worst and is of major concern to the health and well-being of our community’s young children. Over the next several years, the JLA will be working with existing community partners and forging new partnerships to make Georgia a “No Tolerance Zone” for child sexual exploitation. Initially, we will be raising awareness about the issue and efforts to stop this from happening. We will educate our members, community partners and the business community about child sexual exploitation, and we will collaborate to identify plans of action to eradicate child sexual exploitation in Atlanta. We will also offer opportunities for done-in-a-day activities that will help our members become more directly involved in solving this problem – through advocacy, training and education initiatives. Learn more.
Click here to read the The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.'s blog about what the Junior League of Atlanta is doing on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children.
JLA & Governor’s Office for Children and Families Showcase New CSEC Awareness Public Service Announcement, titled “I Wanted to Be". View the PSA here.
The Junior Leagues of Georgia: Million Minute Read
We did it!! 1,311,892 minutes and we’re still counting!!
At the beginning of the 2009-2010 League year, we set out with the 11 other Junior Leagues in Georgia to read an incredible one million minutes to children. We did this in support of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department for Early Care and Learning to celebrate that our Georgia Pre-K was enrolling its one millionth student in this important program. Thank you JLA members for going above and beyond in participating in the Million Minute Read and demonstrating the strength of our commitment to our League Initiative: Early Childhood Education!
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