The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.’s Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an advocacy campaign that raises community awareness on the issue of generational poverty in Georgia. In October 2019, 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.
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For questions regarding LBDI or how to provide support in 2020, please email LBDI@jlatlanta.org.
HOW DID JLA MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Beyond advocating on generational poverty at the government and local levels, the JLA partnered with many organizations that helped support those in generational poverty. Our volunteers helped to package goods at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, gave resume workshops at the Atlanta Women’s Shelter, and provided childcare at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter so parents can work without worry.
See the list below with other organizations the JLA supported that made a difference in generational poverty in Atlanta:
- Atlanta Community Food Bank
- Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
- Atlanta Mission
- C5 Georgia
- Center for Working Families
- Families First
- Literacy Action
- Meals on Wheels
- Mercy Care
- Open Hand
- Partnership Against Domestic Violence