Little Black Dress Initiative

Monday, September 9, 2019 - Friday, September 13, 2019

The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a global effort started by the Junior League of London to raise awareness about the impact of generational poverty. Participants are encouraged to wear the same black outfit for a whole week along with a button to draw others to ask about their outfit. This small gesture illustrates the lack of resources and options that families living in poverty face. In addition, participants share reflections each day of that week on social media to further share statistics about poverty in their community.

Did you know… Peoria is home to the 2nd most economically distressed zip code in Illinois and the 48th most economically distressed zip code in the nation? You can help the Junior League of Peoria change this devastating fact.

Click below to purchase your advocate button to wear with your black outfit during the week of September 9th – 13th! Find our advocate training guide here, so you can help us spread the word!




Schedule of Events:

Saturday, 9/7   |   9 AM – 10:30 AM
Yoga for All @ Soulside Healing Arts
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Sunday, 9/8   |   11 AM – 2 PM
Brunch for a Cause at Industry Brewing
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Monday, 9/9  |  5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Adult’s Kids in the Kitchen @ Sous Chef Grocery Store
Come learn to prepare a healthy meal full of summertime veggies and take some home with you. Check out the ticket link or Facebook event link below for menu details.
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Wednesday, 9/11  |  5 PM – 7 PM
Happy Hour Social @ Hult Center for Healthy Living
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Thursday, 9/12  |  4 PM – 7 PM
Paint Night Social @ FiredUP
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Friday, 9/13  |  7:30 AM – 9 AM
Coffee Social @ Zion Coffee Bar
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Our History with the Little Black Dress Initiative:

In August 2018, the Junior League of Peoria kicked off its first Little Black Dress Initiative! The week consisted of a kick off brunch with a partner restaurant, Industry Brewing, who helped us create a special beer to sell for that week only. We also hosted a yoga Sunday, Junior League members as bartenders night and closing happy hour. These events raised awareness about poverty in our community while training and empowering our members to advocate for the causes they care about. We raised $7,000 to help fight poverty in the Peoria area. We are using the funds to expand our Kids in the Kitchen programming.