BLAYNE IN THE COMMUNITY
Phoenix Leadership Foundation | Co-Founder
With a 34% graduation rate, and nearly one in three rate of incarceration, the current numbers facing young black men are simply not sustainable. The Phoenix Leadership Foundation is dedicated to reversing that reality by generating and supporting programs that mentor young black men, support their education and expose them to new opportunities.
Working with her “better half” James Bailey, the couple founded the Phoenix Leadership Foundation in September 2015.
The Scholarship Academy | Advisory Board
The Scholarship Academy is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income students gain access to college scholarships. Our program teaches students to navigate the maze of financial aid and brand themselves for scholarship award committees.
Fulton County Juvenile Court Citizen Review Panel | Volunteer
Every month, volunteers form a panel to review cases of children who have entered into Georgia’s protective child services. During the confidential panel sessions, volunteers meet with parents, children and case workers, review cases and recommend a plan to provide the best permanent outcome for each child.
Cool Girls, Inc. | Mentor and Big Sister
Cool Girls, Inc. is a mentoring and empowerment group for 3rd through 12th grade girls. Working with more than a dozen Metro Atlanta schools, Cool Girls provides after school programs to elementary and middle schoolers. As a Cool Sister (one-on-one mentor), Blayne has had the amazing opportunity to mentor her “little sister” for more than three years.
Junior League of Atlanta
A national organization dedicated to training women leaders, the Atlanta chapter is one of the largest in the world. Tackling tough topics like sex trafficking and generational poverty, JLA is at the forefront of some of Atlanta’s biggest issues.
Atlanta Association of Black Journalists
As one of the largest local chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists, AABJ provides an invaluable network for Atlanta’s many journalists – hosting news makers, professional development workshops and working to shape future journalists by mentoring the many students in the Atlanta area.