THE NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY
Poverty: 320,000 women and girls live in poverty in the five-country metro Atlanta area.
Teen Pregnancy: Georgia has the 14th highest teen birth rate in the nation (28.4 births per 1,000 adolescent females).
Child Care Assistance: Georgia offers a child care assistance program (CAPS) to help families afford child care, but the program helps just 6 percent of the nearly 300,000 low-income children under the age of 12 in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.
Mental Health: Low income women are twice as likely to suffer from mental illness as women above the poverty line.
For more than 20 years, The Atlanta Women's Foundation has been dedicated to breaking the generational cycle of poverty for women and girls through strategic grantmaking. When women and girls are given the tools, training, and support to step up and out of poverty, the effects are transformative. Children have role models for better lives and relationships, opportunities for greater education and health, and bigger ideas about their role in the world. When women are skilled and employed, the economy improves. Welfare costs and crime go down. The tax base increases. The entire community becomes more attractive to new businesses. The effect on communities is sustainable and multi-generational.
Our ultimate outcome is an empowered community. Backed by the enthusiasm and support of individuals, corporations, and foundations, AWF has put $15 million back into our community through grants to over 250 nonprofit organizations.
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