From the grand ballroom in the Atlanta Aquarium you see the tank where the white Beluga whales are swimming.

After the dinner, I spoke about what I learned as Goodwill Ambassador to the UN Population Fund at the UN 1994 conference on Population & Development in Cairo, Egypt and how that lead to forming G-CAPP. It was there, in Cairo, that I learned that if we want to end world poverty, stabilize population growth and create sustainable development we must empower women and girls through education, micro loans, job training and knowledge of their rights. Ted works on this globally through his U.N. Foundation and G-CAPP works on it locally (well, statewide in GA).

I then brought Ted out and Vikki Morrow, G-CAPP’s President, presented him with the Big Thinker Award.

Then, Ted and I engaged in a dialogue about our work. Pat Mitchell, as always, knew how to keep the conversation moving and interesting.

I announced the news that beginning in January, G-CAPP is expanding our work from a singular focus on teen pregnancy prevention to a broader, more holistic approach. This is an approach urged by UNICEF, Office of Adolescent Health and other public health experts and advocates here & around the world. Adolescence is the gateway to adulthood and a critical stage of development in which more attention and resources need to be invested. There are 1.2 billion adolescents in the world and, while there has been significant progress for children—lower infant mortality, vaccinations, etc, not enough is known about adolescents–their situations, their habits, their dreams. How they come through this stage of life has a huge bearing on how they do as adults.

As a result, G-CAPP has decided to broaden our focus beyond reproductive health to include physical health & nutrition (Georgia has the 3rd highest rates of teen obesity in the nation). and healthy relationships.

Not wanting to lose our well known acronym with this expanded focus, G-CAPP has been renamed The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. This seems fitting because the work we do does expand their power and potential as you can see on the screen above our seats.

To close out the evening, it seemed wonderfully fitting to have the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray (on the left) and Emily Saliers (to my right). They began their careers together as adolescents in Atlanta and are a powerful example of female empowerment, They sang 3 beautiful songs from their new album which I intend to buy.

Altogether, it was a wonderful and very successful evening.

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  1. The path trodden you 18 years ago to help young people enter with the least possible loss in severe adult life – is a promising Avenue, though!

  2. Thank you,Jane,for ALL you do!
    Thanks to those like you – the world is getting better,though!

  3. Dear Mrs Fonda
    I tried to leave my comment on the very first blog entry in January 2009, but it’s closed for comments obviously. It doesn’t fit to the current entry, but I wanted to write to you is that I like your blog very much. I started reading it last year and spent and enjoyed days reading through all the entries you made since 2009.
    Your blog has changed over the years. Blogging isn’t about personal life or that we let everybody know what we are doing. I like the entries where you write your own opinion about a topic. They reflect how much involved you still are and your critical spirit, never relaxing and saying, “it’s gone, I’m old, I can’t be surprised any more”.
    What I adore is that you do all the blogging things on your own. There are not many people at your age who are so open minded to the new ways of communication.
    Recently, I saw “Julia” (for the hundredth times or so, I saw it the first time when I was 14) and again, I saw what great actress you were. The topic of “Julia” is still very emotional for me. We don’t get to see your new TV series or films here in the UK, so I can’t say on what kind of films you have taken part recently. Often, I get the impression that we live at a time when film makers don’t have much to say mirroring our western civilisation where it’s all about consumerism.
    I wish that you get the chance again to make a film that allows you to show your qualities as actress.

    Wish you all the best 🙂

    (Please be so kind and ignore my non-perfect English. I’m foreigner and still learning English)

  4. Thank you Jane for dedicating so much time to this cause. There needs to be a lot more programs out there to guide adolescents through some of the most challenging years of their life. When are your books about boys and girls coming out?


  5. Hi Jane,
    Amazing what you do, for yourself and others. The world needs more people like you.
    Best wishes

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