Issue Based Community Impact
In addition to training members to become civic leaders and partnering with other organizations in the area to fill an immediate need, Junior League of Greater Alton undertakes an Issue Based Community Impact project every few years. These projects arise from detailed research on the needs of the Greater Alton region, and then unfold as a multi-year plan to tackle the chosen issue.
Currently, we are in the research stages of our next IBCI. Come back soon to learn more.
Most recently, we worked with Lewis and Clark Community College‘s Family Literacy program to tackle the epidemic of illiteracy.
“Did you know that 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read? That’s 14 percent of the population! 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.
The current literacy rate isn’t any better than it was 10 years ago. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (completed most recently in 2003, and before that, in 1992), 14 percent of adult Americans demonstrated a “below basic” literacy level in 2003, and 29 percent exhibited a “basic” reading level.” – Huffington Post 2014
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – one of many projects planned with the group – joined a class of GED students at L&C for a Cultural Food Event where we assisted in serving up some international cuisine to go along with their lesson of the day.