GLLL In The News
A Newark-native, James-Frison wanted to created a program that equipped girls to grow into awesome young women, but also the space to just be girls. Coming from a difficult childhood, James-Frison who was recently named Commissioner on The Commission of The Status of Women at City of Newark, she continues to blossom herself. Even as she shines through the challenges of keeping a non-profit open during this time.
She overcame domestic violence, child sexual abuse and homelessness. Now, Allison James is vowing to make a difference in the lives of Newark’s young women and give them a chance to “live, love and laugh.”
Recently, Mayor Ras Baraka appointed James to the Commission on the Status Of Women, a global intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality.
James-Frison knows what it’s like to overcome challenges – and then some. While growing up as a low-income resident of the Stella Wright Housing Projects of Newark, James-Frison’s father was murdered in a violent stabbing attack, forcing her mother to raise eight children on her own. But instead of letting those traumas and adversities define her, she used them as inspiration to fuel her drive for a better life.
Allison James and Tammy Lewis giving a bit of insight on their friendship, triumphs, Girls Live, Love, Laugh Incorporated along with it's beginning and mission.
This year’s celebration commemorated GLLL's 12 years of service to the community by continuing to do what the nonprofit does best - giving back. As part of the commemorative celebration, the nonprofit held its first annual Girls Matter PowHER Hour Luncheon where more than 50 Newark families received backpacks and school supplies. They also received complimentary lunches served at the Bergen Street IHOP in Newark.
A new documentary short examines the work of Allison James-Frison, the founder of Girls: Live, Love, Laugh, and the impact of her organization on girls’ lives at a critical time in our history. The filmmaker Lisa Durden joins Anchor Briana Vannozzi.