My family has had the unique opportunity to serve others through mission trips. These mission trips we take are a real eye opener and provide us with a real attitude adjustment. Experiencing life through the eyes of people living in third world countries really helps one to put things into perspective. My family comes back from these trips with a renewed appreciation for life’s little blessings like air conditioning, running water, and flushing toilets. Trust me, if you spent some time in a house made of mud and straw, you would come back home changed!
“If you economically empower a woman, she represents enormous opportunity that can actually be transformative not only for her family and for her community, but at the aggregate level for the economy.” -Sheryl WuDunn
Poverty is not restricted to third world countries though. America and our very own Atlanta suffer from this. It’s a startling truth that can sometimes make you feel helpless. Take a look at these statistics for Atlanta:
One of 5 babies born in metro Atlanta was born to a teenage mom. One in 5 of those moms have a 2nd baby before age 20.
320,000 women & girls wake up in poverty every day.
Nearly 90% of Atlanta’s poor live in the suburbs. (For all you know, they may live on your block, your apartment complex or your subdivision and you don’t even know it.)
Families that live in poverty spend a whopping 30% of their income on childcare. While middle & upper income families spend less than 7% on childcare. (Imagine 30% of your income going to childcare. How could you get by?)
Nearly 50% of all kids in Atlanta don’t graduate from high school.
Poverty does exist in our country and our very own cities. It can and must be fought. So what can you do to help those that live right in your own city? Consider signing up for this year’s Yogathon!
On Saturday, May 21, 2016, change will begin when hundreds of Atlantans unfurl their mats, set their intentions and draw their first breath together – all with the goal of changing the lives of the 320,000 women and girls who wake up to poverty every day in our city. Yogathon offers up a soul-stirring, mind and body-stretching event that will feature a morning of social action in the form of meditation, music and yoga.
Based on the overwhelming success and joy of last year’s inaugural Yogathon, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and renowned social activist Seane Corn will return to Atlanta to lead the day. She will be joined by nine of Atlanta’s most acclaimed teachers – every one of them warriors for change. And together the women who attend will move through each pose with purpose – to strengthen ourselves and our city.
Chastain Horse Park (ATL) – May 21st, 7AM Check-in, 7AM to 2PM
Admission costs: $81 for a Yogathon day pass
Host a tribe: Host 10 friends for $1500 (Host 10 friends with 10 Yogathon Admission Passes with preferred mat placement, name recognition at the event and 2 invitations to the appreciation party with headlining instructor on Friday, May 20!)
An extraordinary day has been scheduled with legendary Yoga instructor Seane Corne keynoting the event. Seane is an internationally recognized yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, and inspirational style of teaching. She’s appeared on over 20 magazine covers and been featured in 30+ magazines, including Oprah.
We hope to see you there this Saturday, ready to support the women and children in our neighborhoods, communities, cities, and state!
Disclaimer: I’ve partnered with the Everywhere Agency in helping them support the non-profit, Atlanta Women’s Foundation in the work they do to alleviate poverty for women and girls in Atlanta. Through their sponsorship of the foundation, they covered my entry fee to this event. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.