Community Acceleration Projects


LEAD Brevard’s flagship program, Leadership Brevard is in its 36th year of achieving excellence in leadership in Brevard County by “working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead”.
The program goals of the Leadership Brevard program are:

  • Community Education:  gain a greater understanding of Brevard County
  • Relationships:  build long-term bonds with class members
  • Network: connect and engage the Leadership Brevard class with the alumni network and community leaders

In addition to our programming, all Leadership Brevard class members are required to participate in a community project. These projects are designed to be a leadership learning experience for the participants and a meaningful benefit to the community organization. During its history, Leadership Brevard, the flagship community leadership program of LEAD Brevard, has organized, guided, and overseen the successful completion of over 192 Community Acceleration Projects (formerly known as: Leadership Action Projects). In recent years, the Leadership Brevard class has contributed over 2,600 annual volunteer service hours to the community with an in-kind impact of over $66,118* to Brevard. Over 30 years, economic impact totals are over $1.8M!!

(*The Value of Volunteer Time, the Independent Sector 2019)

LEAD Brevard will be accepting project proposals from Brevard County’s nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and Brevard County’s municipalities for consideration as a Community Acceleration Project for the Leadership Brevard Class of 2023, by the end of May 2022. 

Project proposals should be designed with the understanding that the Leadership Brevard class is comprised of talented and professionally accomplished individuals.  We seek projects with clearly defined end goals that utilize the skills of 7 – 10 team members, with different skills and experience and that will benefit an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency or public sector organization.   Project duration: October 2022 – April 2023.

If you have a community project that meets LEAD Brevard’s qualifying criteria (criteria listed in the proposal application, click on the RFP link below), please review last years proposal application. We will be posting a new application by end of May 2022.

Class of 2021 Community Acceleration Project Summaries

Project Timeline: October 2020 – April 2021

Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA)


“P.E.A.C.E. (Partners Ensuring Arts & Culture are for Everyone)”

Brevard Cultural Alliance seeks to launch a new initiative that focuses on fostering strategic partnerships between the BCA and cultural organizations whose projects support efforts of cultural equity and social justice through the creation and/or presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, and/or spirit.


Family Promise of Brevard


“Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Brevard – Phase 2.0”

Based on the impactful and timely presentation of the Leadership Action Project of Leadership Brevard last year and prior years, Family Promise of Brevard pursued moving into the most challenging poverty area of Cocoa. Mayor Williams and the City Council of Cocoa unanimously approved the pursuit of their vacant Firehouse #1 to repurpose it into a base of operations and future shared space to help families experiencing housing instability. We would like to continue the important work of the LAP from last year to further define how to approach this challenge with specific community action recommendations. Group members will build on the data created by prior Leadership Brevard classes and continue the prior research into such resources as our neighbors at Leadership Orlando who developed the Social Mobility Framework and the Six Impacts on Social Mobility. Group members will also meet with Cocoa service providers, local schools, churches, law enforcement, and government agencies to determine the most effective approach to creatively problem solve Cocoa homelessness and poverty now exasperated by COVID-19.


Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County


“Habitat Donation Location: Donations Closer to Home Bring Families Closer to their Own Homes”

Brevard Habitat is looking to increase community visibility while expanding our item donation base by establishing a satellite donation drop-off location in central Brevard County.  Most residents in central and northern Brevard will not drive to the south end of the county to drop off their donations. We want to make it as easy as possible for them to support Habitat in their area.  We’d like the LEAD Brevard experts to help us identify a viable location to reach more affluent zip codes and do a “Four Wall” analysis for a donation drop-off center.  We’d also like the drop center to have space for a few offices and meeting space. We need help identifying real estate options and are hoping to find a landlord/partner that could benefit from renting to a non-profit.  We are looking for maximum visibility while being financially responsible.  If we can bring a donation drop-off location to the center of Brevard, it would grow item donations and in turn, grow our Restore sales.  Brevard Habitat’s ReStore is a major source of funding for the homes we build. More donations=more forever homes for families in need.

Keep Brevard Beautiful


“The Future of Brevard: Composting”

Keep Brevard Beautiful has recently established a Composting Pilot Program. The main goal of this project proposal is to spread awareness about the benefits of composting and how to compost correctly. During the 7-month project period, LEAD project members will assist KBB in creating a brochure for the new composting program which will detail the program description, what can and cannot be composted, tips and tricks, and contact information. Along with the brochure, KBB would like to have team members create a fun and thorough presentation that can be presented across residents, sustainability boards, city councils, and others who may be interested in implementing composting techniques. KBB would like to have the team members create up to three composting workshops that will be held in different parts of the county and will be open to the public. The previously mentioned presentation that the team members will create will be the focal point of the workshops and should portray all necessary information to get someone started. The workshops will be purely educational and give those who attend, the tools for success in composting.


New Life Mission (formerly Brevard Rescue Mission)


 “Handmade Healing: Growing the Transformed Shop to Help Homeless Moms”

The Transformed Shop is the social enterprise of New Life Mission, formerly Brevard Rescue Mission, which serves homeless moms with children in a residential setting. The Transformed Shop launched in the spring of 2020 and serves as a sanctuary of hope, healing, and creativity.

The women spend time in the shop each week learning how to sew and create products using repurposed fabric and denim. Their creations are then sold on our website (www.transformedshop.com) and through in-person visits to the shop (located just south of Eau Gallie Boulevard on US 1 in Melbourne). Initial product offerings include earrings with pouches, face masks, hair scrunchies, and tote bags.                                                                                   

With the help of CAP students, the Transformed Shop hopes to expand its reach to local boutiques and shops. CAP project members will accomplish the following: 1) Identify target market boutiques and businesses that may include Transformed Shop products in their stores; 2) Create a proposal (i.e. presentation, video, sales agreement) that can be used to approach businesses that might sell our products in their stores; 3) Create a plan for displaying products in stores with the understanding that each store will likely have varying amounts of space to offer.


Watch Class of 2021 Community Acceleration Project/Leadership Action Project Virtual Presentations:

  • CLICK HERE to watch presentations from May 19, 2020 (3 Teams)
  • CLICK HERE to watch presentations from May 21, 2020 (4 Teams)


Class of 2020 Community Acceleration Project/Leadership Action Project Summaries

Project Timeline: October 2019 – April 2020

AMIKids Space Coast, Inc. 

“Mentors Mold Young Lives- Enhancing Career Skills for Troubled Youth”
Project members would share their valuable professional experience with our youth, thereby helping them aspire to and attain more challenging and fulfilling careers. This project would entail monthly career classes at The Melbourne Center for Professional Growth for approximately 30 youth ages 13 -18.  These youth have been court-ordered to our facility for offender and substance abuse rehabilitation.  AMIKids provides educational and vocational training, counseling, and behavior modification.  Leadership Brevard project team members would focus on how to search for jobs; interview skills and practice; important soft skills such as flexibility, acting as a team player, effective communication, problem-solving, resourcefulness, accepting feedback, confidence, and creative thinking; job etiquette; work ethic; and other tools necessary to transition youth to successful careers and leadership positions.

Brevard County Emergency Management

“Business & Industry Emergency Support Function Coordination (Phase 2)”
Brevard County Emergency Management uses the Emergency Support Function (ESF) model as the primary mechanism for organizing preparedness for, response to, and recovery from the various threats and hazards that my affect our community. Each ESF consolidates multiple organizations that perform similar functions into a single, cohesive unit to allow for better emergency coordination.

The purpose of ESF-18 (Business & Industry) is to coordinate actions that will provide assistance to the needs of business, industry and economic stabilization, and enhance the community’s ability to restore business operations as quickly as possible. Phase 1 (LB 2019) of this project brought together a coalition of business networks, developed connectivity among those networks, created a Business & Industry Partner Strategy, and drafted by-laws and MOUs for the structure and membership of this supporting organization. 

This Phase 2 project will mature the conduit for information-sharing in daily and emergency situations, begin creation of a database identifying local business resources and develop a team of volunteers to represent the business community in emergency management meetings/trainings/exercises/emergencies. Several members of the Phase 1 LAP team (LB 2019) have agreed to remain involved for project continuity.

Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, Inc.

“What you can do to Help the Lagoon: Educating and Motivating Brevardians”
Following a 2016 major fish kill in the Brevard region of Indian River Lagoon and passage of a half-cent sales tax to fund Brevard County’s “Save Our Indian River Lagoon” Project Plan, public interest in restoration of the Indian River Lagoon skyrocketed. While there are many organizations involved with the lagoon restoration, there is confusion among individuals and residents about the impact their behaviors have on the health of our waterways.

In order to increase the health of the Lagoon, major behavioral changes among our communities is essential. The “Help the Lagoon” campaign will result in significantly more residents educated and motivated to engage in daily behaviors that will help the Lagoon.  Participation from Leadership Brevard project members will provide the Coalition with a strategy and tactical plan to achieve this.  Project members will have the opportunity to demonstrate strategic leadership through development of this project.  Engaging local leaders of diverse communities and developing a comprehensive education and outreach program will provide participants with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability and willingness to take on major challenges and develop meaningful solutions.  

CareerSource Brevard 

“R.I.S.E. Brevard”
CareerSource Brevard (CSB) is the local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) representing Brevard County and is interested in securing resources to help develop Pathways to Prosperity for ex-offenders. We have branded our local response to this need as “R.I.S.E. Brevard” which stands for Reentry Intervention resulting in Successful Employment.  This name reflects our hope that the vocational training and employment intervention services offered to program participants will result in their successful employment, increase self-sufficiency, and reduce recidivism rates.  This will also result in helping local employers fill their talent pipeline with much needed workers.  We are seeking Leadership Brevard project members’ assistance in helping to put together an image campaign in efforts to change or influence local employer’s perspectives on hiring an individual with criminal background.

Habitat for Humanity of Brevard

“Affordable Housing Requirements for Disabled Children”
Habitat for Humanity is seeing a dramatic increase in families with disabled children, many of which are not physical disabilities. These disabilities may include, but are not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, attention and hyperactivity disorder, speech disorders, and physical and mobility impairments.  As Habitat works to build these families affordable housing, we need to understand specific space requirements of these various special needs to enable these children to grow to their fullest potential allowing all families to thrive.  Habitat would like to understand what other agencies are available to assist with this or where guidelines might exist.

Housing for Homeless 

“Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Brevard”
The Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Project will consist of a series of actionable items including research, education, and the identification of effective strategies to be employed in Brevard County. Outlined below are the proposed steps to be taken to achieve the desired outcome of this project:

  1. Education on the causes and culture of poverty, generic methods employed to address poverty and the state of poverty today, nationally, in Florida, and in Brevard.
  2. Identify the contributing factors to poverty in Brevard, and determine why the level of poverty has increased by one-third in the last 10 years, despite an improvement in Brevard’s economy that has resulted in a 65% reduction in the unemployment rate.
  3. Research how the factors contributing to poverty in Brevard have been successfully addressed in other communities.
  4. Identify best practices and activities that have been successful in breaking the cycle of poverty elsewhere, including the positive impact on the communities concerned.
  5. Determine which activities are best suited to be successfully implemented in our community, and quantify the return on investment.

Outline strategies and proposed solutions with recommendations on how these activities could be applied in Brevard.

Keep Brevard Beautiful

“Downtown Melbourne: From History to Sustainability”
The Leadership Action Project will serve as advocates for Keep Brevard Beautiful’s current “Litter Quitter” program. Litter Quitter is a free membership program for restaurants and businesses within Brevard County to encourage the reduction and elimination of single-use plastics and Styrofoam within the business industry.  The program offers three membership levels that require certain criteria to be met within the restaurant.  During LB 2019, Project Members worked with KBB on spreading Litter Quitter to Cocoa Beach Main Street.  This year (LB 2020), KBB would like to replicate that in Historic Downtown Melbourne.  The team will work to introduce the Litter Quitter program to the Historic Downtown Melbourne restaurants, in cooperation with Melbourne Main Street.  The team members will first be trained as Litter Quitter volunteers by attending on the volunteer training sessions; here they will learn more information on Litter Quitter as well as how to properly approach and speak to business owners about the program.  The team will then work with KBB and Melbourne Main Street to create an educational and informative workshop to spread awareness of the program as well as promote the program via door-to-door communication with business owners.  The team will be responsible for identifying restaurants in Historic Downtown Melbourne, giving educational material on the Litter Quitter program, inviting the business owners to attend the workshop, and then following-up with those businesses to encourage them to become part of the Litter Quitter family.

Class of 2019 Community Acceleration Project/Leadership Action Project Summaries

Project Timeline: October 2018 – April 2019


Brevard Achievement Center 

“Creative Solutions to Improve Recruiting of Potential Employees with Qualified Disabilities”
This project will create a dependable method of reaching and recruiting a robust pool of individuals with disabilities (IWD) to fill all current open positions in a timely manner. One of Brevard Achievement Center’s key strategic growth goals is to double employment outcomes for IWD from 2017-2021; which means employment for 1,702 persons with disabilities (900 more than current).

Brevard County Emergency Management

“Business & Industry Emergency Support Function Coordination”
Brevard County Emergency Management uses the Emergency Support Function (ESF) model as the primary mechanism for organizing preparedness for, response to, and recovery from the various threats and hazards that my affect our community. The purpose of ESF-18 (Business & Industry) is to coordinate actions that will provide assistance to the needs of business, industry and economic stabilization, and enhance the community’s ability to restore business operations as quickly as possible.  This project will create a coalition of business networks, develop connectivity among those networks and the Emergency Management department, and provide a conduit for information-sharing in both daily and emergency situations.

Brevard Family Partnership

“Foster a Future for Brevard’s Youth”
This project will assist Brevard Family Partnership (BFP) in helping to increase the number of quality foster homes by raising awareness of the need for foster families within the community by creating and executing a marketing and outreach campaign designed to educate the public and create solutions to aide in filling this need.  The team will work in conjunction with BFP staff to identify specific targeted audiences, create an outreach plan to effectively communicate the need to the intended audiences, and execute the plan.

Brevard Schools Foundation

“Mentoring Hope in Tomorrows Leaders”
Project participants will assist Brevard Schools Foundation in creating a mentor recruitment campaign to increase community awareness of this program, and grow the number of mentors to pair with low-income, at-risk middle and high school students and help keep them on the path to graduation and post-secondary education.  This campaign will consist of shooting, editing and producing a video (emotional, testimonial style) with speakers who are already selected that gives viewers an overview of the type of impact having a consistent and supporting mentor has on the lives of these youth.

Cocoa Beach Main Street Inc.

“Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Downtown”
Cocoa Beach Main Street is part of a statewide and national network of revitalization programs.  This project will help to improve negative environmental impacts and support conservation and cooperation within our community. The project team will create a strategic plan and implement a conservation program centered on downtown businesses. The goal will be two-fold: encouraging the use of reusable serve ware and packaging as well as begin a downtown business recycling program.  This project will require communication and cooperation of downtown business owners, local city government, and community.

Family Promise of Brevard

“The Face of Family Homelessness”
This project will create and launch an awareness campaign aimed at inspiring a call to action to end family homelessness in Brevard.  This campaign may consist of a video, billboard, television, radio and other collateral materials for public advertising and awareness to move our community to action.  The project team will build on the data created by two prior Leadership Brevard classes to guide the development of a marketing campaign.  Project participants will meet with families who are experiencing homelessness, and major stakeholders like service providers, landlords, healthcare providers, law enforcement and educators to create the concept and narrative for the campaign.

Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County

“Women Build: Coming together to build stronger, safer communities in Brevard County”
The project team will write, shoot, produce, and edit a 2 minute video highlighting the opportunity in Brevard County to volunteer with Woman Build and Habitat for Humanity. The video is intended for Habitat for Humanity to use on their website, social media and as part of community presentations.

LEAD Brevard with the Board Doctor, LLC

www.LEADBrevard.org      www.theboarddoctor.info

“Leadership IMPACT”
This is Phase 2 of a concept to develop a way to match nonprofit organizations in Brevard County with Leadership Brevard alumni and others who are willing and ready to serve on a board of directors.  A Leadership Action Project team of the Leadership Brevard Class of 2018 initiated Phase I and completed many of the deliverables outlined in the initial project.  Phase 2 includes recruiting potential board members among the ranks of alumni as well as the Class of 2019 and gathering and entering their interests and skills related to board service into the system ‘database’; offering additional board governance training to interested alumni (marketing of the existing workshop offered in January 2019); and facilitating some initial matches and introducing nonprofit organizations to potential board members.


Class of 2018 Community Acceleration Project/Leadership Action Project Summaries and Presentations

Project Timeline: October 2017 – April 2018


Aging Matters in Brevard           
“Pets on Wheels”
(Collaborative project with Central Brevard Humane Society)
…to provide pet food to homebound Meals On Wheels clients and participants in the Seniors At Lunch congregate dining program.  The project will create a system for identifying participants and type of food needed, organizing volunteers and tracking with an ultimate goal of making this a volunteer-run program.

Brevard Achievement Center              
“Planning for the Future Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities”
BAC is aware that not all of their clients parents (primary care giver for the 150 adults with disabilities served by BAC) have end-of-life plans in place to ensure the on-going health, safety and wellness of their adult child with disabilities. 
Goal 1– create a survey instrument to assess current end of life planning, following HIPAA requirements.
Goal 2 – create, with staff support, a specific action plan to present to BAC board with tactics aid greater numbers of families in overcoming barriers to create end of life plans.

Brevard Homeless Coalition, Inc.            
“Affordable Housing in Brevard County”
The project is intended to analyze and assess the present situation in Brevard County and propose both short and long term strategies to improve.  The project team will interface with organization and individuals in the community who are aware of the challenges and committed to meeting them.  Recommendations may take the form of   policy changes, collaborative investments and communication efforts.  The deliverable is a report and presentation presenting findings and suggesting next steps. 

The Children’s Hunger Project                 
“Feed 500 Campaign Video”
Write, shoot, produce and edit a 2 minute video highlighting the need in Brevard County to help feed children who are going hungry on the weekends.  The video is intended for use on the agency website, social media as part of community presentations.  Currently, the Children’s Hunger Project is distributing packages of food to 1500 children at 36 elementary schools; their research shows that the need in our county is over 3000 children.   

Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), 18th Circuit    
“Encouraging Volunteers to Take Leadership Roles”
Currently, 300 children appointed to GAL have no volunteers to assist them. The program is committed to providing leadership roles for their volunteers; short term goal:  identify barriers for Volunteer Team Leader recruitment – Intermediate goal: increase the number of trained Volunteer Team Leaders, recruit and retain 25 new leaders by mid-2018 – long term goal: empower volunteer  team leaders to help recruit new volunteers and help in the retention of current volunteers. 

Junior League of South Brevard, Inc.      
“Girl POWER”
Girl POWER will consist of free workshops conducted throughout the year once the project is launched (self-esteem, nutrition, leadership and mentoring for young women ages 16-21). The project revolves around planning the introductory symposium in April 2018; potential sessions proposed include personal finance, self-esteem and body   image, preparation for the job market and personal safety (including internet). 

LEAD Brevard, Inc. with The Board Doctor, LLC  
“Leadership IMPACT: Matching Leadership Brevard Alumni with Nonprofit Organizations Needing Skilled Board Members”
The concept is to develop a way to match nonprofit organizations in Brevard County (over 1,695 with 501 c 3 status) with Leadership Brevard Alumni and others who are ready and willing to serve on a board of directors.  Project elements would include gathering information from nonprofits about their board needs, gathering information from alumni about their interests and skills, marking some initial matches, building a type of interactive web based ‘data base’ or means of ongoing match services and creating a plan for long term sustainability, which will include identifying a revenue stream for long term support.


LAP Summaries- Class of 2019

LAP Summaries- Class of 2018

LAP Summaries- Class of 2017

LAP Summaries- Class of 2016

LAP Summaries Class of 2015

LAP Summaries Class of 2014