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Release Date: 02.17.2016 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. and youthSpark

The Junior League of Atlanta Celebrates 99 Years with an Investment in the Community

Last night, the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) announced a $100,000 investment in youthSpark’s Building Better Futures campaign to fund a new Youth Services Center. The gift was presented by Sarah Batts, 2015-16 JLA president, to Alex Trouteaud, youthSpark executive director, in front of nearly 650 JLA members at their winter general membership meeting at Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

“JLA is pleased to be a spark for Atlanta's youth by investing $100,000 in youthSpark's new Youth Services Center inside the Fulton County Juvenile Court building. These funds will help abused and exploited children receive the restorative services they need, at the time and place when they need it most," said Batts. "From launching the Atlanta Speech School in 1938 to opening the Atlanta Children's Shelter in 1987, the League has been a community leader where Atlanta's women and children have needed us most. This gift is another bold step toward our second century of service."  

youthSpark works to end child sex trafficking through prevention, early intervention and youth-empowered education. The Youth Services Center will screen at-risk youth for signs of abuse or sexual exploitation in order to connect them with life-changing restorative services. By creating a safe space for sexually exploited youth to disclose their victimization independent of the court system, more youth will be able to access therapeutic services. 

“There are too many youth from all walks of life in our community who experience abuse and exploitation, but their victimization goes unnoticed and unaddressed. The Youth Services Center will be a welcoming, safe space for our highest risk youth; the ones who most desperately need trustworthy clinical support to address their vulnerabilities,” Trouteaud explained. “Not only does this model enable us to identify and serve more victims of exploitation than ever before, but it also allows us to intervene earlier, more thoroughly, and with better outcomes than if we sit back and wait for the worst-of-the-worst cases to be identified in a trafficking raid.”

In addition to the exciting announcement, members heard from Nzinga Shaw, the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Atlanta Hawks, on the topic of diversity and then participated in a Truth Telling: Race, Religion and Working Women in the Junior League panel discussion with two inspiring Atlanta women - Ann Cramer, a senior consultant at Coxe Curry & Associates and JLA past president, and Dr. Jane Smith, Vice President of College Relations at Spelman College.

About the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.

The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Funds raised through the efforts of the JLA are used to aid and support projects and programs of our community partners. In addition, funds are utilized to train and develop our membership to become future leaders of the Atlanta community. Combined, our volunteers and funding have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and children in the communities in which we serve.

For more information on The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. visit www.jlalanta.org or call 404-261-7799.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Jan Haywood

Company: The Junior League of Atlanta

Phone: 404-261-7799

E-mail: publicrelations@jlatlanta.org