At the beginning of the year, United Way of Greater Atlanta President, Milton Little, Jr., posed a question to our Young Professional Leaders (YPL): How are the children? The well-being of children in any given community is a direct indicator of how the larger community is doing. As a compassionate group of Atlanta’s emerging leaders under 40, YPL took inspiration from Milton’s challenge and sprang into action to help our region’s children thrive.
Taking Initiative to End Childhood Homelessness in Greater Atlanta
YPL focused service events throughout the year around children and families and set a breakthrough goal to net $50,000 to a United Way initiative. After digging deeper into the issues surrounding child homelessness, the YPL Advisory Board voted for proceeds from our year-end gala in June, “Night for a Brighter Tomorrow,” to benefit United Way Kids Home Initiative (KHI) – a comprehensive and long-term solution to fight childhood homelessness.
I am proud to say that YPL exceeded its goal, with net proceeds raised of $70,000 to create sustainable change in our community. Huge thanks to all of our sponsors – including presenting sponsor Delta Air Lines, our partners, YPL members, YPL Advisory Board and the great work of United Way of Greater Atlanta that makes this possible.
Continue the Momentum & Make a Difference
I am excited to see what YPL will do next and am honored to pass the baton of YPL Chair to Ivan Shammas, General Manager at Telemundo. I encourage all of you to continue the momentum and movement of YPL and get involved! You’ll make great connections, see the work of United Way firsthand and most importantly – help create sustainable, positive change in Atlanta. Visit unitedwayatlanta.org/ypl to learn more and join. You won’t regret lending a hand to lift up your community!
Juanda Roberts is the 2015 – 2016 Board Chair of United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders, as well as Alliance Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting LLC.