Little Black Dress Initiative


Little-Black-Dress_MeganThe 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 stranger s to raise awareness about generational poverty.

Click the below to find answers to your important questions:

For questions regarding LBDI or how to provide support, please email


Beyond advocating on generational poverty at the government and local levels, the JLA partners with many organizations that help support those in generational poverty. Our volunteers help package goods at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, give resume workshops at the Atlanta Women’s Shelter, and provide childcare at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter so parents can work without worry.

See the list below with other organizations the JLA supports that are making a difference in generational poverty in Atlanta:

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
  • Mercy Care
  • Families First
  • C5 Georgia
  • Center for Working Families
  • Dress for Success Atlanta

Information about next year’s event will be provided in the fall of 2017. Thank you again for your support and we hope to see you all again next year!

Special thanks to our 2016 JLA Little Black Dress Initiative Sponsors!

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