What is Issue Based Community Impact?

Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI) is a new catch phrase around Junior Leagues all across the country, but what is it exactly? Simply put, it is a strategy to determine which issues the JLM can really impact and how the JLM can help move the needle in Memphis.

For example, the JLM averages eight to ten community projects annually across a myriad of issues – health and wellness, education, grief, diversity, etc. Therefore, we know the JLM’s projects are widespread but not necessarily very focused…which begs the question: “Are we truly making the kind of impact we desire in our community?”

After much thought and discussion among leadership and members, the Community Impact Committee was formed last year to help answer this question and to capture the pulse of Memphis’ current community issues where JLM could best serve. This research group, now in its second year, has held a series of focus groups, met with various organizations and combed through a multitude of statistics to help recommend issues to the JLM.

The three issues that have risen to the top are:

1.  Neighborhood Revitalization
2.  Education
3.  Literacy

In January, the Community Impact Committee will be providing more information on these three issue areas via this blog and other communication outlets, including our social media accounts.

Come to the General Membership Meeting tonight at the Orpheum to hear more and stay tuned to this blog for more details on each issue.

It’s an exciting time to be in the JLM as we’re working hard to transform Memphis! We hope you are as excited as we are about this next step in the future of the JLM.  If you have questions, please direct them to Kristen Bland, Community Impact Chair, at kmt23_2000@yahoo.com.

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