For the second annual Kelley Impact Competition, Indiana University students partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Bloomington Area (NAMI-GBA) to develop strategies and solutions that make a difference for the local community. When the coronavirus pandemic impacted the competition schedule, the competition’s students, Kelley School staff, local partners, and judges rapidly adapted, transitioning to an online format.
Among 40 students presenting from China, India, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Indiana, the winning team was selected for their proposal of a new service-learning course at Indiana University. Now fully funded, their initiative will establish multiple years of support for NAMI-GBA.
As the 2020 competition shifted to a virtual event, participants displayed resilience and compassion that inspired Kelley Impact Competition benefactor Lance Breitstein. “What still stands out most to me is how many students expressed how much NAMI’s mission resonated with them and how dedicated they were to help in any way possible,” he said.