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Community Inspired Lexington

Community Inspired Lexington, Rebecca Webb

Title / Role: CEO and co-founder
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Formed in: 2014
www.communityinspiredlex.com
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What do you do?

CIS Life Skills Program has helped youth with topics such as Job Attire, Self-Esteem, Goal Setting, Financial Stability, etc. They have developed an Equine Training and Employment Program and have already trained and placed over 20 young adults in jobs on Fayette County horse farms. They are currently enrolling for their CIS/Conquest Boys and CIS Challenge Girls Clubs, hosting a 4 week free summer camp each year as well as continuing to expand their youth programming. In January 2019, CIS started a Digital Photography Class for the youth in their program. Student work titled, “Through Their Eyes”, was displayed at two gallery events on June 1st and November 16 at various local sites. CIS plans to expand their services to help the parents, so the parents can help the youth.

What is your relationship with SCORE? SCORE client How SCORE helped.

The first several meetings in 2014 with Barb Ellerbrook, their SCORE mentor, involved discussions of Articles of Incorporation, By-laws, and IRS Forms. They started the process of developing the organizational structure, as well as looking at the board structure and development. Several months later Barb met with the client’s board and reviewed their mission statement. She discussed the goals for the board and reviewed their financial statement, advising the use of a software program for financial reporting. Barb also helped them work on developing fundraising through researching grants.

 In early 2015, CIS participated in a presentation to students from the University of Kentucky undergraduate program for a Certificate as Nonprofit Professional under the supervision of and direction of their SCORE mentor. CIS discussed the formation of the nonprofit they managed, and also the pitfalls and successes of the program. They were a member of the panel under the supervision of Barb Ellerbrook. She helped them prepare for a board retreat and formulate an agenda.

In 2019, CIS returned to SCORE Lexington, requesting additional consultation in grant writing. At this point, CIS had continued to build on the program and had made significant contacts in the community. They talked with Barb about expanding into Federal funding. She shared her information on Foundation Funding and sustainability.

 

How Did Your Business Get Started?

Community Inspired Solutions (CIS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, established in 2014, with the goal of decreasing violence in the Lexington, KY community and to support families to become productive members of society. They provide individuals with educational opportunities, mentoring and tutoring for youth, job skills training, job placement assistance and resources for assistance with community issues.

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Barbara Ellerbrook

As a passionate advocate of nonprofit business and a counselor for Lexington SCORE, I am able to...

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