Little Black Dress Initiative

In February 2014, the Junior League of London pioneered the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) with the goal to “Make Poverty Unfashionable.” While their fellow Londoners were attending London Fashion Week that month, local Junior Leaguers were wearing the same black dress every day to work, parties, dinners and events to raise funds and increase awareness of poverty in the city. This year, Leagues around the nation will be participating in this project. When you look at the symptoms of poverty – homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity, limited education – foster youth are disproportionately affected.

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When you look at the symptoms of poverty – homelessness, unemployment, food insecurity, limited education – foster youth are disproportionately affected.  

The “Little Black Dress Initiative” is a chance to harness the power of social networks and bring our community together to increase access to resources and opportunities for foster youth. During the week of February 6 – 10, 2017, we’ll be asking Junior League of San Diego members to wear one black dress for five days to spark a conversation about foster youth and how everyone can help break their cycle of poverty.