About Us

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Julita
Sanders
Founder/Executive Director

Mrs. Sanders is a visionary servant leader who is dedicated to the Athens-Clarke county community. In 2006, while working for an alternative educational program I noticed that a majority of the juveniles attending this program were missing parental guidance and direction. Some of the juveniles were dealing with hard issues including, homelessness, sexual abuse, and mental illness not yet diagnosed yet are expected to concentrate in class and be a productive student. Often educators are looking at students from a behavioral issue stance not fully aware of what juveniles are dealing with at home. Working as a Case Management Clerk in juvenile court I encountered the same students, this time as repeat offenders. My work experience left me wondering who looks out for juvenile offenders. Often, I would attend meetings designed to focus on the best interest of juveniles and agencies tasked with overseeing would not even know where the juveniles resided, was problematic. Not to mention that parents and caregivers are not educated on how the court process work which contributes to recidivism.  Advocating for those without a voice is my passion, especially those who may have fallen through the cracks.       

           “When I was a teenager I definitely made mistakes and firmly believe that mistakes you make as a teen should not dictate or determine your life thereafter.”   

           “ Going through the court process can be overwhelming. To have someone looking out for your best interest can promote positive thinking and outcomes."

Mrs. Sanders has a very diverse educational background which has focused on community service. Mrs. Sanders holds an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies, Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Masters in Forensic Psychology and Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Mrs. Sanders is an active member of the Athens-Clarke county community and member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has also served on various boards and organizations including: 2021 ATHENA International Honoree ▪ Envision Athens "Chair Person"LEAD Athens Class of 2019-2020 United Way of Northeast Georgia "Impact Review Panel" Court Appointed Special Advocate Friends for Life "Mentor"Student Paralegal AssociationSolicitor General Campaign CommitteeNational Association of Legal AssistantsCitizen Advocacy "Board Member"Foothill Charter School "Mentor"Advantage Behavioral Health ▪ Evelyn C. Neely Leadership Class "Inaugural" ▪ Toastmasters NAACP

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Chrystal Gillis

Clarke County School District

Director of School Social Work

Athens, GA.

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Deaner Rutland

Innovative Living for Life, LLC.

Owner 

Athens, GA.

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Alvie Coes

Piedmont  Technical College

Dean of  Engineering and Industrial Technology

Greenwood, SC.

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Lemuel LaRoche

 Chess and Community, Inc.

Founder/Executive Director

Athens, GA.

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Dr. Roswell Lawrence, Jr.

University of Georgia Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff for Finance & Administration  

Athens, GA.

BOARD MEMBERS OF JOA

BOARD MEMBERS OF JOA

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C.R. Chisholm

 Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General

Athens, GA.

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John Q. Williams

Clarke County Sheriff's Office 

Sheriff

Athens, GA.

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Kelly Girtz

 Athens-Clarke County

Mayor

Athens, GA.

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James Ford

Strong Base Inc.

Founder

Athens, GA.

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Rachel Abbruzzi

Adult Advocate

The Cottage

Athens, GA.

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Milan Richard

University of Georgia

Nonprofit Management & Leadership

Athens, GA.

 

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