Each year, partner universities choose a competition topic based on a pressing issue in their local community. The university’s first action is to select a relevant non-profit to partner whose mission is aligned with that year’s topic. Next, students are challenged to come up with an innovative plan to support the non-profit in its philanthropic goals.
Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, with students coming up with a solution to help Habitat for Humanity’s Monroe County chapter meet their mission of housing all qualified applicants.
National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Bloomington was badly in need of more resources and improved outreach abilities. In Indiana University’s second Impact Competition, the
students proposed and implemented solutions.
Given the social unrest and urgent need for better forms of resolution to social injustices, CJAM promotes restorative justice and seeks to unite communities together rather than divide them
Provide an innovative idea to address affordable housing in Monroe County.
Convert shipping containers into tiny homes to lower the cost of construction and the homeowner’s mortgage payments.
Help the Community Justice & Mediation Center educate the community about its services, recruit diverse volunteers, and make their case management system more efficient.
A round-up rent donation program for local landlords; enhanced marketing efforts to create program awareness; creation of a diversity committee.
Develop a strategy to support the mental illness needs of the local community.
Creation of a new fully funded service-learning course that provides ongoing innovation and support for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.