How We Developed This Plan

With generous support from the Tennessee Department of Education, The Scarlett Family Foundation, Nashville Afterschool Zone Alliance, Care Foundation of America, the John Ingram Fund, the Memorial Foundation, the Cal Turner Family Foundation, HCA, Metro-Nashville Government, MDHA, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and Acadia Healthcare, we began this strategic planning process with a senior staff conversation to review community needs and frame our priorities.  Next, we conducted a series of meetings with our CEO and Executive Directors to generate ideas for goals, student progress and community impacts.  The strategic planning process was tremendous, resulting in new ideas that we were incorporated into our mission language, as well as jump start to create new organizational impact areas that will transform our work going forward. Once our priority areas were reasonably well defined we vetted these plans with our Board and community partners for feedback and refinement. 


The strategic plan will launch in July 2018 with creative work plans to reach strategic goals and targets.  Progress toward goals will be evaluated quarterly at the CEO level and biannually at the Board of Directors level with a summary evaluation after the conclusion of the strategic plan in June 2020.

Strategic Directives

One of the most important products of this process is the list of ‘strategic directives’ for BIM, as a whole.  These directives, listed below, are the beginnings of an explicit strategic infrastructure at BIM that will inform the decision-making process from the executive to student levels.  Strategic infrastructure is an important part of government and non-government organization and is now playing an important role in nonprofit management nationally.  It is our intention to be a leader in that practice.


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BIM will employ evidence-based practice across our entire extended learning program.

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BIM will increase program collaborations (internal and external to the organization).

BIM will position itself as a primary community resource for at-risk young men in MNPS.

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BIM will become a primary partner for MNPS’s extended learning community.

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BIM will advocate for public incentives and partnerships that are in the best interest of our students and community stakeholders.

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BIM programs will expand beyond the northern part of Davidson County, to include meeting demand for high, quality programming.

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BIM will pursue shared training opportunities with other agencies and be a leader in collaborative training with other extended learning programs.

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BIM will become a center for learning and teaching by providing training and internship opportunities for teachers and parents in urban settings.

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BIM will further develop an influential and connected Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

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BIM will grow revenue to support mission-centric program needs.

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2018– 2020 Strategic Plan Summary

Backfield in Motion’s new strategic plan has a theme, the theme is “Educate, Engage, and Empower.”

This thread runs through all of the strategic initiatives that are included in this plan.  Whether it’s expanding extended learning opportunities to families in the southern part of the county, improving our technology-base in our programs, or investing in data tracking and analysis capabilities, our primary focus over the next two fiscal years will be on expansion of and investment in current program areas--not launching new initiatives or heading new directions.  We will be making investments in:

Engage and Educate: BIM will continue to engage youth through enrichment and athletic activities; however, BIM will remain steadfast and committed to educating young at-risk young men to be productive citizens. BIM believes that the involvement of students in sports energizes at-risk students through healthy competition and physical fitness that focuses on developing teamwork, and self-confidence for academic and life success.  Therefore, our program will focus on education through mastery of literacy and numeracy skills that leads to a high school diploma, a foundation for higher education, and the on-job skills needed to enter the world of work, while using athletics as an incentive for academic improvement.

Educate and Empower: BIM focuses on fostering team work and building academic and social foundations. Students are challenged with more rigorous instructional methods and higher academic expectations. As students progress from the elementary and middle school setting, they will be encouraged to engage in varsity level sports and be exposed to a college/career readiness curriculum, which includes college visits, admissions counseling, internships and job training.

Throughout the program, teachers will instruct students in preparation for end of course exams such as TNReady, and ACT/SAT and other placement exams. BIM classes feature differentiated instruction, allowing students to receive targeted interventions, support services, more time on task with extended days, and individualized academic reinforcement. Students also receive character education and team building skills through our enrichment time instructed by our program coordinators.  Our academic program is one of the only program in Davidson County that employs certified, state licensed teachers.



Data Tracking and Analysis:  It is crucial that BIM be able to tell its story and demonstrate that we are truly having an impact on the lives of the young men and families we serve.  Standardized recording and reporting mechanisms are needed to ensure that stakeholder data is being captured, analyzed, and reported in a consistent and responsible manner—one that strictly adheres to best professional practice and provides our program with the most useful information for continuous improvement.  BIM will further refine and expand its capacity to document and analyze program outcomes data.  BIM will invest in assessment and data collection programs such as STAR Assessments, IReady, and the TNReady assessment administered throughout the county.

Engagement of Board of Directors and Advisory Council:  Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the BIM towards a sustainable future by helping the CEO and other program staff members adopt sound, ethical, legal governance, and financial management policies, as well as by making sure BIM has adequate resources to advance its mission.   BIM Board of Directors will be asked to take care of our program by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will; and provide oversight for all activities that advance the nonprofit’s effectiveness and sustainability.  Additionally, they will make decisions in the best interest of BIM, and ensure that BIM can continue to expand with the support and external connections board members possess, both personally and professionally.  BIM Board of Directors will be asked to participate in specific tasks outlined to advance the success of our mission of educating at-risk youth in order to provide them with the academic and real world skills needed to be productive contributors to society.

Additionally, BIM Board of Directors will be asked to help the CEO identify sources of corporate and foundation wealth and motivate their business associates to give to our program through monetary or personnel means.  It is the expectation that the board will guide the CEO to the donors and foundations who share our mission of seeking to Educate, Engage, and Empower at-risk young men to reach their maximum potential.