LEADERSHIP CLASS ISSUES INITIATIVES
A unique element of the Leadership Class for established leaders is the inclusion of six Issues Initiative projects performed by Leadership Class teams during the year. These carefully identified strategic projects allow all Class members to gain in-depth knowledge about a specific community problem, to interact with those most involved with that issue and to connect their resources and networks to make a positive difference. Issues of concern in the community are identified in conjunction with the mayor and other content experts. Teams of eight – ten class members work throughout the program year in order to present their deliverables to key constituents, community audiences and the LFW membership at large.
Goals – Issues Initiatives
Six high-impact projects reflecting the following attributes:
- Objectives that clearly benefit the community
- Specific, tangible outcomes
- Supporting data (research component)
- Meaningful engagement of external resources
- Knowledge transfer to key constituents
- Documented action steps for sustainability
What will be different in our community because of each Issues Initiative project?Is the plan realistic? Are the results tangible? Will the results stick?
2017-2018 ISSUES INITIATIVES
Problem/opportunity: an inadequate number of local families are signing up as foster parents, so children have to move to different cities. Project description: an improved strategy / toolkit for recruiting local foster parents; training pilot(s) with recruiting staff. Partner-expert: Our Community. Our Kids. (A division of ACH Services)
Problem/opportunity: trauma is pervasive in the lives of individuals and communities. Consequences include illness, reduced income, crime, job loss, etc. Project description: comprehensive communication plan for reaching key community stakeholders; pilot with selected stakeholders. Partner-expert: Mental Health Connection
Problem/opportunity: financial exploitation of vulnerable adults is a largely silent problem in Tarrant County. Until recently, perpetrators were rarely prosecuted. Project description: create infrastructure for tracking client / community contacts. Engage banks through a targeted communication plan. Partner-expert: Guardianship Services
Problem/opportunity: highly qualified veterans experience difficulty in obtaining jobs because many employers hold multiple stereotypes. Project description: create and pilot: 1) high-level employer presentation, and 2) 2-hour workshop for hiring managers. Partner-expert: Fort Worth Veteran Professionals and Rotary Club – Veterans Service Committee
Problem/opportunity: as Fort Worth grows rapidly, our “livability” is increasingly important. A Great Park can contribute exponentially to our Livability goal. Project description: a comprehensive research report and presentation for City Council as members make decisions regarding the future of Lake Worth. Partner-expert: Friends of the Lake Worth Great Park, Inc.
Problem/opportunity: no ongoing, community-wide program is in place to recruit and train emerging, diverse leaders for nonprofit board service. Project description: development and implementation of community-wide nonprofit board training / board bank. Partner-expert: Leadership Fort Worth and United Way
2016-2017 ISSUES INITIATIVES
Child Abuse Prevention
Develop an adaptable marketing and implementation plan for engaging and educating Fort Worth organizations to become “No Hit Zones,” a program designed to take a stand against child abuse.
OVERCOMING STUDENT BARRIERS: Success for Higher Education
Many structured programs and systems are available to students with the potential to pursue higher education. But in many cases, students don’t know how to access them – so these resources go unused. The Project: Develop an action plan that helps FWISD students overcome these barriers and provide a roadmap for them to continue and complete their education after high school graduation.
Creative, Inviting Bus Stops/Shelters
The majority of our city’s bus stops don’t provide shelter for riders; many don’t provide seating. The project: Research bus stop concepts; identify funding sources; create a PR campaign; install a prototype shelter.
Develop marketing/educational materials to explain the benefits of hiring people with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Develop and implement an appreciation program to incentivize employer participation.
SPACE-SHARING: Matching Churches with Social Service Programs
A key factor for the success of many social service programs is that they be delivered in a convenient, accessible location. Often, services are more successful in an environment that is non-threatening to client families. Office settings are not ideal. So where? A possible solution is unused church facilities.
The objective of this Leader Class project is to develop a viable, scalable business plan to make this happen.
Develop a targeted marketing plan for recruiting and retaining volunteers who mentor single mothers, at-risk young adults and those re-entering society to help them overcome barriers to economic stability.
Homelessness and Higher Education
Work with Tarrant County College to develop a summer “bridge” program for 11th grade homeless students. The program will provide a transition to college and allow students to gain college credits while still in high school.
Develop a model micro-park in the Near Southside. For sustainability, create and distribute a how-to guide for use by neighborhood groups, property developers and others.
Crisis Text Services
Create the business/funding plan for MHMR’s new text-based crisis hotline.
Health & Fitness
Work with Blue Zones to develop a plan for a food truck in an identified food desert.
Early Childhood Learning
Collect and analyze budget data from private, local and federal agencies and groups involved in early childhood learning. Identify needs, opportunities and priorities in funding.
Increase Catholic Charities’ driver volunteer pool; develop a marketing and outreach strategy to provide transportation solutions for those in need.
Public Transit & Mobility
Engage LFW alumni and the general public in surveys and other opportunities to provide community input to the Master Plan.
Health & Fitness
Develop a resources packet geared toward after-school programs at community centers, including recommended activity/food plans and resources for families.
Develop a campaign to promote water conservation and distribute through personal networks and selected homeowners’ associations and community partners.
Develop an online networking tool to connect homeless job seekers with willing employers. This platform will feature video testimonials and employer success stories.
Early Childhood Learning
Create a “playhouse” prototype model to develop parents’ knowledge of teaching (play) strategies that can be incorporated into their everyday routines.
Develop an implementation plan for an internet-based advisory system that will let residents know exactly how much water their yard requires on a weekly basis.
Conduct a web-based opinion survey soliciting responses on a proposed circulator trolley/bus system that would serve specific city center areas.
Create a “students teaching students” video with high school students developing recipes, scripting and starring in cooking demonstrations for elementary school kids.
Work in conjunction with the City on TEX Rail.
Engage Leader Kids alumni as beta group to address Stay in School concerns.
With Tarrant County Public Health, implement a water bottle project in elementary schools.
Work with Directions Home on employment for the homeless. Arts: Develop a report for the Arts Council addressing sustainability concerns and solutions.