JLA adopted the issue of generational poverty in 2013 due to its prevalence in our state. Georgia is the 6th worst state for child poverty, with more than one quarter of its children living in poverty. Many of Georgia’s children are struggling to have basic needs met.
Over the next several years, JLA will be working with its current community partners, and developing new partnerships to enable emergence from generational poverty by empowering women and children with an emphasis on girls ages 11 through 15. We will analyze community needs to identify and support programs focused on empowerment and mentoring for girls who come from at-risk environments and will match members to generational poverty programs and organizations for volunteer opportunities.