Through its I AM Initiative, the Junior League of the Quad Cities is committed to improving the perception and self-image of women through leadership and empowerment to inspire change!

The I AM Initiative came out of a goal to identify major issues in our area that we may impact. After analyzing opportunities and considering the mission of our League, we identified a core issue: women’s self-image and the perception of women! It is our objective to create awareness and begin the process of change. We created an initiative called, “I AM...”

I AM strong. I AM empowered. I AM willing to make a change.


Currently, the JLQC I AM Initiative includes the following projects:

I AM Strong 5K Mudventure Race
Get a little muddy and have a lot of fun! The Junior League held its first I AM Strong 5K Mudventure Race in 2012. It's a fun running 5K race with a combination of adventure and mud racing that includes elements of scavenger hunts and various obstacles such as tire flips, rope pulls and mud crawl. There are recreational and competitive divisions for all levels of ability, the goal being to support one another and accomplish a challenge together.  Race proceeds benefit JLQC and local non-profit organizations. 

Documentary Film Viewing
The Junior League of the Quad Cities hosted a viewing of the documentary films "The Invisible War" in January 2014 and “Miss Representation” in April 2012. The Invisible War film raises awareness of sexual assault in the military. Miss Representation film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Both events exposed the Quad City community to our I AM Initiative and will help to get the conversation started: How will we inspire change in our community?

WINGs Teen Peer Mentor Program
We have created a peer mentoring program at West High School in Davenport with the purpose to help young women create a positive perception of themselves. Throughout the school year there are various projects and activities that help them recognize, pursue and achieve their full potential as young women. Participating high school students will eventually become mentors to middle school women, to help them work together to battle negative self-image and improve the perception of young women.

This is just the beginning! These events and programs are a method to become more informed, give us new ideas to share this initiative and help inspire change. You can help! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on our newest projects.

Interested in Partnering with JLQC?
Yours for a Year

We are currently seeking applications for a “Yours for a Year” project. A “Yours for a Year" project is a one-year collaboration with an agency or organization to meet a pre-determined need and specific, measurable objectives. The project must support the Junior League of the Quad Cities’ I AM Initiative. 

The project will have a specified term from September 2015 to August 2016, during which the League will provide both volunteer and financial support. It is critical that all project concepts have both a financial commitment AND the potential for quality volunteer placement opportunities. Our goal for our membership is to provide six to 10 volunteer opportunities for groups ranging in size from five to 50 volunteers.

Read more about the "Yours for a Year" community initiative in this letter and application questions.