Jamonica Garder 2017
Jamonica came to us through youthSpark (an organization at the Fulton County Juvenile Court focusing on rescuing youth who have been sex trafficked). As a young girl, she dropped out of school, ran away from home, lived in unsafe areas and was drugged and sexually exploited. With the support of youthSpark, Jamonica decided that she would break this horrific cycle and not remain a victim. With great determination, she attended Job Corp in North Carolina and completed her GED in just five months. At the time Jamonica was nominated for the Spirit Award, she was 17 and already a sophomore at the Art Institute of Atlanta studying documentary filmmaking. She has written and produced short films to educate and warn her peers about child sex trafficking and domestic violence; she has also met with youth to discuss how to make good life choices.
The BBMEF awarded Jamonica a grant in the amount of $10,000 to be used to purchase a computer and camera equipment to facilitate her studies with the remainder of the funds to be used for tuition.