President’s Message

Thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties (JLGNF)!

I am deeply honored to serve the league as President during the 2017-2018 League year. Being a member has been richly rewarding and meaningful to me. I have made lifelong friends and know in my experience has been impactful to our community.  My hope is that this year we build an organization focused on the member experience that promotes an engaged and trained membership who is vested in the opportunity to create community change. Each one of our members are an important part of JLGNF–we are JLGNF!

We are an organization of women dedicated to voluntarism. We are committed to developing the potential of women through training, leadership opportunities and service. Our purpose is to strengthen our community by creating and implementing collaborative volunteer projects. The projects that we undertake are hands-on training programs for women leaders. Our members have an opportunity for impact whether it’s receiving training on grant writing, fundraising, social media or volunteer management through on-site projects.

Since its affiliation with the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) in 1991, JLGNF has been working with community partners to address and solve pressing issues in the areas of children at risk, homelessness, literacy, childhood obesity, and self-esteem.  Our current programs and initiatives include:

  • Strong Girls, Bright Futures: Devised during the 2013-2014 League year, the purpose of JLGNF’s Strong Girls, Bright Futures program is to create awareness, education and empowerment for preteen and teen girls. The program places an emphasis on girls in grades 5-8 and reinforces the value of intelligence, competence and education. Our programming includes workshops where girls have learned skills such as financial literacy, self-defense and nutrition. We have a long-standing partnership with Belk at the Forum where we celebrate our participants through a girls’ empowerment fashion show.
  • Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI): Originated by the Junior League of London, the LBDI seeks to make “poverty unfashionable” by illustrating the effects of severe financial hardship, low self-esteem and limited access to resources and opportunities for women and children. JLGNF and 10 other Georgia Junior Leagues first took part in the initiative during the 2015-2016 League year. During the week-long campaign, League members wore one black dress or ensemble for five consecutive days to raise awareness about the issue of poverty in Georgia. Additionally, advocates wore pins that said, “Ask Me About My Dress,” to generate discussion about the initiative and its objectives.
  • High Heels & High Times (HHHT): HHHT is JLGNF’s largest annual fundraiser, with a strong focus on promoting girls’ self-esteem. HHHT occurs in the spring and consists of an afternoon brunch, silent auction, fashion show and opportunity to shop with local vendors. We are excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of HHHT during this League year!

Our members are dedicated and passionate about all they do both in and out of the League.  As a result of their hands-on work and opportunities for training and education, our members serve the communities of Gwinnett, North Fulton, and South Forsyth in a variety of civic, nonprofit and business leadership roles.

If you are a woman looking to make a difference in our community, please join us.  You will make wonderful friends and gain valuable leadership training as you help improve our community.

Contact us for more information. We host informational events about becoming a member regularly and would look forward to welcoming you.

Alexandra Klein

President, 2017-2018