Books from Birth works in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) to put books in the hands of young children. In 1996, Parton launched the Imagination Library to inspire a love for reading and learning by ensuring all children in her home county had books in their homes, regardless of their family's income. GBBF was created in 2004 to allow Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to be available to every child in Tennessee. GBBF serves as a funding resource to Tennessee counties establishing and sustaining Imagination Libraries by matching all funds raised by each Imagination Library program. In 2005, then Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton established BFB as the Shelby County affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library with generous help from local foundations.
Since 2005, BFB has served over 100,000 Shelby County children with 4 million books. Each month, 600-700 children graduate from the program and more than 1,000 new registrations are added each month, fueled by grassroots outreach in neighborhoods, childcare centers and literacy groups. Currently, BFB needs support from local donors to help provide books from young children in Shelby County. Additionally, BFB needs volunteers to help enroll children in the program and spread the word about early childhood literacy.
Prior to joining Books from Birth, Jamila served as a program and project manager for Points of Light, and a project consultant for Draper & Associates on assignment at the firm's Atlanta Housing Authority engagement. Jamila received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
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