In late 2014, the JLL adopted the Issue-Based Community Impact Model (IBCI). The goal of this new model is to enable Leagues to have deeper community impact and greater membership satisfaction by focusing on issues rather than on individual projects. With expert guidance from the Association of Junior Leagues International, a task force of six women led the internal transformation process. Research and in-depth analysis was conducted to inform membership on the most pressing issues impacting the Lancaster Community. In addition to understanding the needs of our community, the task force facilitated an internal dialogue to understand the issues that our members are most passionate about addressing.
Based on the findings of the IBCI task force and interests of members two issues were selected; support for young people aging out of the foster-care system, and the promotion of girls in STEM careers. The JLL is currently developing strategic initiatives to address the focus areas. Members continue to network with experts in the community in an effort to further validate local needs and identify areas where the JLL could partner.
The guiding principles for our ongoing work are as follows:
- Listen to the community and responding with well-designed strategies for change. Based on a full understanding of a community’s needs and assets, as well as an assessment of internal capacity, we identify the niche where we can be most impactful within our community’s ecosystem.
- Focusing on developing members’ community and civic leadership potential. Our members are engaged in every step of the process; their voices and passion are front and center, and their capabilities are utilized in creative and effective ways. In doing so, the JLL is able to offer members opportunities to build their community and civic leadership skills in ways that also enhance the JLL’s community impact initiatives.
- Creating meaningful and long-lasting community change. The JLL pursues a wide spectrum of strategies and partnerships for long-term solutions beyond relieving the immediate needs that communities might have. This long-view mindset allows us to fulfill our mission of “improving communities” in a meaningful and systemic way.