Leadership Action Projects
This fall, LB will be entering its 33rd year of achieving excellence in leadership in Brevard County by “working together to strengthen our community by inspiring people to lead,” and we need your continued support to achieve this mission. In addition to our programming to build community leadership skills and knowledge about this community, all 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 (LB), the flagship community leadership program of LEAD Brevard, has organized, guided and overseen the successful completion of over 172 Leadership Action Projects (LAP’s). In recent years, the Leadership Brevard class has contributed over 2,500 annual volunteer service hours to the community with an in kind impact of over $55,200 to Brevard. Over 30 years, impact totals are over $1M!!
Class of 2018 Leadership Action Project Summaries
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 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.
Class of 2017 Leadership Action Project Summaries and Presentations
American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame Museum
Work with the Education Director in developing intellectual materials for the program, conceptualizing a class or camp that would tie to one or more of the STEAM disciplines, developing lesson plans that tie to the STEAM disciplines as well as to displays or artifacts in the museum, and preparing promotional materials that will be distributed to schools, local youth agencies and other venues in the county where at-risk youth might be identified for the program. Furthermore, develop concepts and promotional content for two camps in 2017 and develop five new lesson plans for our STEAM Saturdays in 2017.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida
“Mentor Recruitment Project: A Call to Action”
Create a marketing and outreach plan to help create solutions to identified gaps in service for mentoring programs to help expand their mentor base and program services for the at-risk youth served in Brevard County.
Brevard Homeless Coalition, Inc.
“The Cost of Homelessness in Brevard County”
Assess what the true costs of homelessness are in Brevard County. Team members will collect relevant data from Brevard County Health Care systems and key members of the Legal system which will focus on the total costs of homelessness, as well as the specific costs for the most frequent users of the services in each area.
Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition, Inc.
“DOCK Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Initiative”
Develop a plan to recruit and retain skilled volunteers. Giving DOCK children a helping hand today will enable them to compete more effectively with their peers and provide them with critical skills they need in the future.
Cancer Care Centers of Brevard Foundation, Inc.
“Navigating a cancer diagnosis in Brevard County”
Improve the way coordinated information is delivered to cancer patients by navigating the ins and outs of their cancer journey. Also, design and implement an electronic or hard copy support guide for cancer patients and their families based on their personal, financial, medical, spiritual or emotional needs.
Children’s Home Society of Florida
“Parent University: A Parent Enrichment and Engagement Program”
Help develop “Parent University,” a venue to educate, engage, inform, and empower Endeavour’s parents and caregivers. Because parent/caregiver engagement is so crucial to student academic and social success, Parent U seeks to encourage parents to take an active role in their student’s education while enhancing their own.
Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary, Inc.
“Ensuring that Nature and Space Coast Residents Continue to Thrive Together”
Raise awareness and ensure all Space Coast residents are aware of and support the activities of FWH to rehabilitate and return wildlife to their natural habitat. The goals of this branding and marketing campaign include educate the public, brand FWH and encourage greater public participation in the hospital.
Greater Titusville Renaissance, Inc.
“Greater Titusville Renaissance Youth Academy”
Create a professional video and presentation package that volunteer leaders could bring to the classroom, and then coordinate this with Brevard County Schools. Secondly, create a one-stop, online location that houses a database of community non-profits with a list of age appropriate volunteer opportunities for students.