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Community Involvement

Inspiring servant leadership and encouraging community trusteeship

Changing the Jackson Community

Leadership Jackson class members are highly involved in the Jackson community throughout their participation in the program. This community involvement serves as a catalyst for long lasting community service well past the constraints of the LJ program. 

While Leadership Jackson participants serve throughout the Jackson community, there are a number of specific programs and projects that Leadership Jackson leads each year. 

LJ Impact Run

The 2010 class of Leadership Jackson initiated a 5k Glow Run to benefit local non-profits. This 5k run is now an annual event facilitated by the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association to benefit the Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship. 

The Impact Glow Run is held in the fall of each year. For more information, click here. 

Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship

Judy Renshaw guided and served Leadership Jackson and The Jackson Chamber for 40 years. Upon her retirement, the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association named the Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship in her honor in 2014.

To date, $22,000 has been given to this scholarship fund by LJ Alumni Association members.

The Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship is open to current Madison County Tennessee high school senior planning to attend college in the fall after graduating. 

If you are a current senior and would like to apply for the Judy Renshaw Leadership Jackson Alumni Association Scholarship, click here.

If you are an LJ Alumni and would like to contribute to this scholarship fund, click here.

Leadership Jackson Class Projects

Each year, LJ class teams are required to complete a project that impacts the Jackson community. Over the past 40 years, these projects have ranged from renovating rooms at local non-profits to creating Leadership University for local youth to developing the local Crimestoppers program. Below are a just a few of the projects that have impacted our community over the years: 

  • 2018: Leadership Jackson Dignity Closet This program makes washers, dryers, and hygiene items accessible to students at as many schools as possible in the Jackson-Madison County School System.
  • 2016: My Bag Program This program provides children in the foster care system with a new duffle bag to carry their belongings and give a sense of ownership. They have delivered 500 bags to TN Dept. of Children’s Services. To learn more about” My Bag” or make a donation, visit:
  • 2014: Seats in the City Benches and waste receptacles were designed and manufactured to be placed at Jackson bus stops that did not have any.
  • 2010: Impact Glow Run Initiated a 5k Glow Run to benefit local non-profits, which is now facilitated by LJAA and benefits the JRLJAAS.
  • 2006: All Dressed Up This program provides formal wear for students with financial hardship for special school events.
  • 2005: Habitat for Humanity Home Funded and built a Habitat for Humanity Home in partnership with Delta Faucet in the new Habitat Meadows development.
  • 2002: ABC Me Read Program This program encourages birth parents to begin reading to their child as infants. A bag with a book for infants, bookmark with more age-appropriate books as they grow and a brochure about the program and the importance of reading is given to each new parent with a baby born at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
  • 2001: Olympic Torch Stop Provided leadership for 2002 Olympic Torch Stop in Jackson.
  • 2001: Comfort Critters Program Developed program for emergency vehicle personnel to give stuffed animals to children in trauma situations.
  • 1999: Leadership University Developed the LU youth leadership development program and provided volunteers for Board.
  • 1989: Coats for Kids Developed program for underprivileged children (a multi-year project)
  • 1984: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers(MADD) Established a MADD Chapter in Jackson
  • 1982: Crimestoppers Partnered with Jackson Police Department to establish a Crimestoppers Program and served on initial Board of Directors and continue to serve