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leap programs

Founded in 2014, Atlanta GLOW is a faith-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves low-income and/or young women and girls of color, ages 14-25, from marginalized communities. Our Leadership Education/Equity and Advancement Program (LEAP) initiatives seek to fill opportunity gaps by examining the intersectional factors that both drive and deny leadership cultivation and opportunities for young women and girls in these groups.

 

We then prioritize a multi-pronged approach to help lead and launch traditionally marginalized populations of young women and girls towards lives filled with opportunities for personal fulfillment, upward economic mobility, civic engagement and career advancement. These efforts contribute to our organizational mission to encourage, educate and equip young, low-income women to be thriving, self-sustaining leaders and effective agents of economic growth within their communities. To that end, our programs focus on:

  • 1-on-1 & Group Mentoring. We connect young women with positive and professional role models who serve as advocates in helping them achieve their goals and make healthy decisions.

  • Life Skills Training. We help young women build the competencies and confidence they need to achieve self-sufficiency, set long-term goals, and lead healthy, productive lives.

  • Leadership Development. We expose young women to amazing leaders and engage them in youth-led civic engagement opportunities to help them make a difference in their communities.

  • Financial Literacy. We help young women learn all the basics of finance—including how to make money, budget and save—and empower them to take control of their financial future.

  • Workforce Development. We help young women overcome barriers to employment with paid, entry-level work readiness training and job placement opportunities.

  • Wellness. We advocate for young women to overcome health equity barriers, and promote physical and mental wellness by helping them make informed health decisions.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

 

To be eligible for participation in our LEAP programs, individuals must be:

 

  1. Be between the ages of 14-25 (parental consent required for ages 14-17),

  2. At minimum, be a HS or GED student OR graduate,

  3. Reside in any of the 29 counties within the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA),

  4. Have a low- to moderate- household income OR come from a traditionally marginalized or underserved population*,

  5. Be highly motivated to learn new skills,

  6. Complete all required onboarding requirements,

  7. Commit to our program attendance policy,

  8. Communicate regularly with program staff/volunteers, AND

  9. Abide by all program policies and procedures​.

*These groups may include people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged; people with limited English proficiency; geographically isolated or homeless individuals; educationally disenfranchised people; people of color as well as those of ethnic and national origin minorities; women; and/or individuals with disabilities.

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