Allison K. James-Frison
My name is Allison James-Frison and I am Girls; Live, Love, Laugh, Inc.
Giving back to the community for which she was born and raised has always been important to Allison James. Allison is one of eight children born to the late Mr. Spencer L. James Sr. and Mrs. Zanna E. Hadley-James. Allison grew up in the Stella Wright Housing Projects of Newark, NJ. She was educated in the Newark Public School system and graduated from Central High School in 1987.
When Allison was 17 years of age, she lost her father due to a violent stabbing. The death of her father left Allison’s mother a widow and responsible for raising her eight children on her own. When Allison was 26 years old, her mother lost a longtime battle with diabetes. Not having parents forced Allison and her siblings to rely on one another for strength and direction.
Allison had faced personal struggles and obstacles as a teen and young adult. After her back then fiancée was shot and killed, she was determined to make a better life for herself. Allison worked to develop skills that would enable her to change her circumstances. Allison uses the adversities that she has overcome in her life as a catalyst of inspiration to young girls within her community. Fueled with the burning desire to make a difference in the lives of the “Allison’s” of the world, came the emergence of Girls; Live, Love, Laugh, Inc. Allison believes that a little love, a helping hand, and guidance from someone who can relate to their real-life struggles, will make all the difference in a young girl’s life. Allison enlisted the assistance of other dynamic women from within her community who have had their own tragedy to triumph stories and yearned to make a difference. Girls; Live, Love, Laugh, Inc. was founded on a philosophy that with the proper tools, resources, leadership, and love, girls living in the inner city of Newark can beat the odds. The organization seeks to give all girls a chance to live, love, and laugh.
Allison worked as an Intermodal Service Specialist for fifteen years. Presently, Allison works with The Department of Children & Families and is happily married to Andre Frison. Allison graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Human and Social Services from Essex County College graduating with Honors. Allison is also an alumni of Rutgers University – Newark where she holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with a minor in Psychology. She’s an Entrepreneur, the owner of The Youthpreneur, LLC Summer Enrichment Camp, The Founder and Executive Director of Girls; Live, Love, Laugh Inc. and a member of Beta Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Allison has been featured in numerous magazines and has received many accolades such as: State, City and County of New Jersey Resolutions, The Newark Municipal Council Resolution, Newark Circle of Sisters “Women of Fire” Honoree, North Jersey Bennett College Alumnae Association as a “Black Girl with Magic” Honoree, Newark Mentor Movement “Making Moves for Newark Future” Honoree, Central High School Alumnae Association “Mentorship & Community Service” Honoree and Prudential & Prudential Center “Newark Cornerstone” Finalist Honoree and Verizon & Dee Marshall “LeadHER Leadership” Honoree just to name a few. Her organization has also been featured in Ebony Magazine and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka presented Girls; Live, Love, Laugh Inc. with a Proclamation on their 5th year Anniversary in 2013. Recently, Allison was featured in Barbara’s Kukla book “Newark Women – From Suffragettes to the Statehouse.