Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI)
What is The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI)?
Little Black Dress Initiative (#LBDI) is a week-long awareness and fundraising campaign that harnesses the power of social media and doing something “a little different” in order to educate people about local issues in our community. Mid-week we hold an annual gala to bring people together for education, fun and fundraising. We aim to raise awareness for our cause and funds to support it.
In Colorado Springs, our LBDI will underscore children aging out of the foster care system, with the hopes to prevent them from falling into the trap of homelessness or human trafficking. Our goal is to raise funds to provide life skills assistance and mentorship to help guide foster care teens in the successful transition from the foster system to independent living.
Quick Facts about our Cause
- Half of all foster children will end up homeless within two years of “aging out” of the system.
- A third of chronically homeless adults are former foster children.
- Half of the entire prison population grew up in foster care.
- Young women from foster care are five times more likely to become pregnant compared to their peers.
Learn more about the Fostering Hope Foundation here!
LBDI Advocates wear the same black dress (or outfit) for five (5) consecutive days to illustrate the restrictions poverty places on choices, opportunities, and access to resources. By wearing a button that reads “Ask Me About My Dress,” Advocates invite dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers to raise awareness about children that are aging out of the foster care system.
About the Gala
Our annual LBDI Gala will be held on Wednesday, February 9th, 6:00-8:30pm at The Pinery at the Hill.
The event includes a 3-course meal (click here to view the menu), silent auction/balloon pop, and a dual keynote address from Executive Director, Lori Jarvis of NAMI, and Dr. Leon Kelly, El Paso County Coronor! Your attendance supports the Fostering Change Fund, and you will walk away with educational resources to support our youth and their mental health.
* Attire for this event is black tie optional.
When do these events happen?
Our League will participate in the LBDI February 7th – February 11th, 2022.
The LBDI Gala takes place on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.
How can I participate?
There are three (3) ways in which you can show your support for the Junior League of Colorado Springs and its Little Black Dress Initiative:
Attend the 2022 LBDI In-Person Gala at The Pinery at the Hill on Wednesday, February 9th. Tickets and sponsorships are limited!
Attend in black tie optional attire and enjoy a 3-course meal, a keynote address, silent auction and more!
Wear the same little black dress or ensemble every day from February 7th – February 11, 2022 to promote conversation within your immediate communities!
Can’t attend an event but still want to support the cause?
Make a donation to the League’s Little Black Dress Initiative here.