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Atlanta GLOW is a recipient of federal grant funding from the  U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) FY 2022 Multistate Mentoring Programs Initiative. This grant program supports the implementation and delivery of mentoring services to youth populations that are at risk or high risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and juvenile justice system involvement. The program's goal is to improve outcomes (such as improved academic performance and reduced school dropout rates) for at-risk and high-risk youth, and reduce negative outcomes (including juvenile delinquency, substance use, and gang participation) through youth mentoring.

Federal OJJDP funding supports our Leadership Education/Equity and Advancement Program (LEAP) initiatives in the 29-county Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in Georgia. Atlanta GLOW's funded initiatives include the following activities for youth, ages 14-17:

  • 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. Learn More

  • 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. Learn More

  • 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. Learn More

  • 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. Learn More

Through our three-year, OJJDP-funded initiative, Atlanta GLOW engages low-income, minority and/or disabled female youth in evidence-based mentoring, life skills training and leadership development activities delivered utilizing a Positive Youth Development framework that emphasizes strengths-based leadership and promotes goal setting, resilience building and civic engagement. Pathways to economic mobility with connections to community resources also help ensure that youth and their families have access to all available wraparound supports to improve their quality of life and life outcomes and reduce their risk factors. Establishing and maintaining healthy, supportive and meaningful relationships between youth and trusting adults is central to our project strategy, as it is through these relationships that youth can learn to overcome stressors, navigate and resist social pressures, manage conflict and life challenges constructively, and remove the barriers that limit them from reaching their full potential.

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