Each year during the May General Membership Meeting, the Junior League of Atlanta presents two community awards: The Empowerment Award and Kids Who Care Awards.
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The 2014 Empowerment Award winner is Yatecca Lofton. She has been working with the Multi-Agency Alliance for Children and the Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative for several years and has made the most of her time with these organizations to blossom into a thriving young woman through some very difficult life struggles.
At the age of nine, Yatecca was separated from her grandmother and seven siblings due to entering the foster care system. She successfully graduated from high school and also graduated from Georgia State University after moving from her small town of Albany to the big city of Atlanta not knowing anyone. Throughout her transition to Atlanta and college she worked with MAAC and the Georgia Youth Opportunities Initiative where she has been provided a support system to turn to for guidance and assistance in establishing herself in Atlanta. Yatecca worked with others to found EmpowerMEnt which is a program through GYOI that provides support and a voice for other young people that are and have been in foster care. She is now currently employed with MAAC which provides a sense of family as she continues to work to help provide advice to those young people that are going through similar struggles she faced. She has been vigilant through her studies and has achieved academic and financial success by staying focused on being positive and paying attention to the counsel and resources she has received from MAAC and GYOI.
Yatecca has been a success through hard work and dedication by bettering her own situation and paving her own way. Next fall she will be attending Emory Law School where she hopes to make improvements to the child welfare system and change the lives of those who need an advocate to better this system. As of today Yatecca has made it a personal mission to keep her birth family connected. More specifically, she just purchased her first home to ensure that her family has a place to congregate and create happy memories together. She wants to continue to be able to create opportunities for success to the youth in foster care and empower others as she has empowered herself.
For more information contact the Community Service Awards Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.