The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness to the issue of poverty in Arizona. Throughout the week of Oct 1 – Oct. 5th, LBDI Advocates will wear the same little 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 invite dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers to raise awareness about poverty. The dress is a visual representation of the lack of choice for families living in poverty.
What is the JLP doing to make a difference?
Our mission: The Junior League of Phoenix is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Our focus area: All people in Phoenix should have access to healthy food and to the information that can help them improve their families’ health. The Junior League of Phoenix is Building a Healthy Arizona with programs addressing: food insecurity/food access; and nutrition and obesity.
Here are a few of our community programs that are addressing the impacts of poverty such as food insecurity, obesity and access to care:
The United Way Ending Hunger in the Classroom program is addressing food insecurity in school aged children. We will be fully funding eight classrooms for implementation of the Breakfast in the Classroom Program, We will also provide Weekend Hunger Backpacks as well as Food & Financial Coaching.
The Kids Cook with Heart Program is an AHA initiative that provides hands-on healthy cooking classes at the Halle Heart Children's Mueum. Visitors receive instruction in simple main courses, hearty whole grains, salads and a wide variety of vegetable dishes. Lessons also include nutrition, kitchen safety, sanitation and food shopping. The program utilizes professionally developed curriculum which incorporates nutrition with cardiovascular health education. It is designed for up to 18 children (per class) 7 years to 12 years old and uses the CORE curriculum standards for math and science. The targeted population are kids and families in underserved neighborhoods or low income schools.
Kids in the Kitchen One of our signature programs developed by the Junior Leauge. This will be our fourth year working with the Guadalupe branch of the Boys and Girls Club to conduct 5 health and nutrition lessons throughout the school year. Lessons include various topics like the food groups, eating a balanced meal, servings vs. portions, reading a nutrition label, and understanding media influences on food choices.
Community Impact projects The JLP Community Impact projects are volunteer-led, one-day projects that support an urgent need in our community and our commitment to “Building a Healthy Arizona.” Here are a few of our Community Impact partners that address the impacts of poverty in Arizona: Andre House, Dress for Success, Fresh Express , Homeward Bound, Phoenix Day HealthLinks, St. Mary's Food Bank, St. Vincent De Paul