In addition to providing much-needed volunteer resources and funding to nonprofit agencies in the Atlanta community, the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) also presents the following signature community projects and programs:
The JLA participated in the 2nd annual Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) on October 24-28, 2016. Through this week, 100 LBDI Advocates wore the same black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities. By wearing a button that reads “Ask me About my Dress,” Advocates invited dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers to raise awareness about generational poverty.
Journey to Literacy
Journey to Literacy is a hands-on literacy program presented throughout the community. Developed by the JLA in 2009, Journey to Literacy helps raise awareness within the community on the importance of early childhood education and teach parents effective methods to develop and increase early literacy skills. The program is presented at local libraries and special events presented by community partners.
Kids in the Kitchen
The JLA provides instructional and interactive events which empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices to help fight the growth of childhood obesity and its associated negative health issues.
Estrellitas (“Little Stars”) is a JLA program whose mission is to educate, empower, support and inspire young Latina girls by teaching them life skills and equipping them to be confident and good decision makers. This mentoring program consists of a series of workshops coordinated by JLA volunteers serving high school Latina girls.
The JLA conducts drives on behalf of our community partners and distributes the supplies collected throughout the year. Past drives included collection of items such as children’s books, school supplies, clothing items, used household items and baby items.
JLA’s annual weekend of service to the community will be held October 21 – 23, 2016. The weekend provides all of our members the opportunity to get out and make an impact in Atlanta, as well as help serve a large pool of our partners. JLA Serves also allows the organization to educate the community and its members about critical issues affecting Atlanta.
This year, we will host events all over the city, including building a house with Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at the Girl Scouts STEM Expo, working at the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Product Rescue Center and Community Garden, supporting Meals on Wheels Atlanta, participating at Goblins in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and much more. Last year, over 150 members participated, resulting in a weekend full of impact.
Community Sampler volunteers work with community partners on a one-time or periodic basis depending on the agency’s needs and volunteer’s schedule. This program is well-suited to partners that do not have the capacity or need to support volunteers year-round.
JLA sponsors two annual community awards – 11Alive Kids Who Care Awards and the JLA Empowerment Award.
For over 30 years, JLA and 11Alive have joined together to honor five outstanding high school students with the Kids Who Care Award. The award recognizes the unselfish contributions of young people who are dedicated to making our community a better place.
The JLA Empowerment Award is designed to honor and reward a client of a community agency who has overcome adversity to achieve self-sufficiency, as well as the agency who assisted her in the process. Both the individual and the agency receive a monetary prize and the individual receives a ‘prize package’ of goods and services donated by local businesses.