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It is my great honor to serve as President of The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA), and continue our organization’s remarkable legacy of service to the Atlanta community. The foundation of JLA’s history is rooted in our long-standing commitment to meeting our community in moments of need. In 1916, Isoline Campbell and 44 determined women were the first to define the mission of JLA: to serve our community and create lasting, meaningful impact. Today, 105 years later, our commitment to our community and to the women and children we serve is stronger than ever.
The focus and resolve of our founders can be seen in our members today. We’ve grown from the original 45 women to more than 2,800 members, and we average over 50,000 volunteer hours of direct community service and advocacy work each year. JLA’s collective voice influences change, and the work we do shows that we are committed to supporting our community, especially in the areas of generational poverty, early childhood education and commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Our strategic combination of policy-focused advocacy and direct community service provides a way for us to create an impact now while also addressing long-term barriers and issues that pose challenges to at-risk women and children in the Atlanta community.
I am incredibly proud of the countless ways JLA can be seen throughout Atlanta. Many of our city’s cherished organizations were established or founded in part by JLA, including Trees Atlanta, Atlanta Speech School, CHRIS180, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Children’s Shelter, just to name a few. While our history is something we celebrate, we know our work is not done. We believe in diversity, equity and inclusion and strive to be an organization where all women feel welcome. We value diverse perspectives and seek to create a safe environment that encourages members to engage in difficult conversations. It is only by listening, learning and participating in authentic dialogue that we will create change and growth.
Over the last year, we have collectively experienced a truly unprecedented time that required us to navigate the complexities of life in a global pandemic. COVID-19 shone a spotlight on many existing community issues, including the lack of access to quality healthcare, food insecurity, economic instability, and a growing digital divide in a world where access to technology is vital. However, if our history has taught me anything, it’s that the women of JLA are fearless and undeterred in our mission. One of our greatest strengths is our ability to pivot and react to emerging community needs. As we navigate a new normal, I am confident in the resolve of JLA members to find innovative ways to continue or legacy of give back to our community.
I am so thankful for your interest in our organization. The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. is a pillar of community impact, and we are honored to serve alongside Atlanta’s community leaders and volunteers to make our city a place where everyone is able to thrive.
Joy Dyess, 2021 – 2022
The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.