The Little Black Dress Initiative is an awareness and fundraising event focusing on programs and projects that help to remove barriers to social and academic readiness for school.
Each participant in this event will wear the same black dress or outfit for 5 consecutive days to represent the lack of choice facing some children in our community due to these barriers.
This year, this event will raise funds to put towards meeting the basic needs of homeless youth in Pima County, who are completing their education with support from Youth On Their Own.
Homeless youth often aren’t able to get their basic human needs met - things such as food & hygiene supplies. As a result, they’re four times more likely to drop-out of school & twice as likely to become unemployable adults trapped in poverty.
Why is this important? Every year, more than 62,000 children in Arizona find themselves displaced and unaccompanied through no fault of their own - ranking our state as the 5th worst state nationwide for child homelessness.
Funds raised during this initiative will go directly to support Youth on Their Own as well as the Junior League of Tucson's work on the important issue of school readiness in our community!