LEADERSHIP CLASS ISSUES INITIATIVES

Strategic Rationale

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

THE CHALLENGE

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?

ISSUES INITIATIVES – 2012- 2019

2018-2019

 

AFTER SCHOOL ARTS: Imagination Fort Worth

 

BOARD DEVELOPMENT TRAINING: LFW and United Way Tarrant County

 

RECRUITING LOCAL FOSTER FAMILIES: Our Community Our Kids

 

PREVENTING FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION: Guardianship Services

 

ACCESS TO GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT: City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department

 

INTERNATIONAL DATABASE: Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

 

 

 

2017 – 2018

 

CREATING A RESILIENT AND TRAUMA-AWARE COMMUNITY:

Mental Health Connection

The problem:  Trauma is pervasive in the lives of individuals and communities. Consequences include illness, reduced income, crime, job loss, etc.

Innovative intervention:  Created comprehensive communication plan to reach key community stakeholders; piloted with selected stakeholders. Created ambassador program to engage the business community.

 

RECRUITING LOCAL FOSTER CARE FAMILIES:

Our Community. Our Kids. (A division of ACH Services)

The problem:  An inadequate number of local families is signing up as foster parents, so children have to move to different cities.

Innovative intervention:  Created a customizable video for recruiting families; developed an improved strategy / toolkit for recruiting local foster parents; developed training materials and piloted them with foster agency recruiting staff.

PREVENTING FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION:

Guardianship Services

The problem:  Financial exploitation of vulnerable adults is a largely silent problem in Tarrant County. Until recently, perpetrators were rarely prosecuted.

Innovative intervention:  Created infrastructure for tracking client / community contacts. Engaged banks through a targeted communication plan.

OVERCOMING MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE VETERAN WORKFORCE:

Fort Worth Veteran Professionals

The problem:  Highly qualified veterans experience difficulty in obtaining jobs because many employers hold multiple stereotypes.

Innovative intervention:  Created and piloted a high-level employer presentation and handout materials including a customizable brochure

COMMUNITY-WIDE BOARD TRAINING/BOARD BANK:

Leadership Fort Worth and United Way

The problem:  No ongoing, community-wide program is in place to recruit and train emerging, diverse leaders for nonprofit board service.

Innovative intervention:  Developed complete business plan for an online nonprofit board training / board bank; created outlines of seven training modules; developed relationship with Four Day Weekend for delivering the training

2016 – 2017

OVERCOMING STUDENT BARRIERS TO HIGHER EDUCATION:

Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail

The problem:  For many Tarrant County students, leaving high school and attending a college or university is a challenge for which they are unprepared for a variety of reasons.

Innovative intervention:  Provided new and existing integrated classroom content in conjunction with AVID teachers at Eastern Hills High School to help at-risk students transition to higher education.

EMPLOYMENT FOR THE INTELLECTUALLY DISABLED:

IDD Council

The problem:  Tarrant County has 100,000 individuals with IDD (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) who want meaningful work and a chance to connect and interact with others in the community.

Innovative intervention:  Created a professionally developed toolkit to educate employers about hiring workers with IDD and a comprehensive plan to enhance the current recognition program to increase employer participation.

Self-sufficiency Mentoring:

Pathfinders

The problem:  The poverty rate in Fort Worth has risen from between 12-14% to 16%. Pathfinders provides self-sufficiency mentoring services, but has more clients than mentors available.

Innovative intervention:  Developed a comprehensive mentor recruiting strategy, including marketing and social media plans, resulting in 25 new Pathfinders mentors.

Child Abuse Prevention:

The Parenting Center

The problem:  Tarrant County has the second-highest number of child abuse / neglect cases in the state:  6000+ annually.

Innovative intervention:  Established “No-hit zones” – Where schools, hospitals, and other institutions adopt a policy addressing the unacceptability of kids hitting kids, adults hitting kids, and adults hitting adults.

Creative, Inviting Bus Stops/Shelters:

Near Southside, Inc.

The problem:  Fort Worth’s exponential growth has led to formidable traffic problems. Part of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s Master Plan includes improving bus stops and shelters.

Innovative intervention:  Created and implemented a competition among local architectural firms, universities and high schools to design a bus stop or shelter that meets selected criteria (safety, comfort, aesthetics, etc.); entries were judged and prizes presented to top professional and top student entries. These designs will be implemented by The T.

SPACE-SHARING: Matching UNDERUTILIZED Churches with Social Service Programs:

Partners for Sacred Places & MHMR Early Childhood Intervention

The problem:  Social service delivery works best in a non-threatening, convenient, and familiar location.  Today, many churches are dying; more often than not, there is unused space – also, you can find a church in nearly every neighborhood.

Innovative intervention:  MHMR’s Early Childhood services will be delivered in four churches across the city.

2015 – 2016

HOMELESSNESS AND HIGHER EDUCATION:

Tarrant County College

Developed a summer “bridge” program (Ascend to Success)  for 11th grade homeless students.  The program provides a transition to college and allows students to gain college credits while still in high school.

MICRO-PARKS:

Near Southside, Inc.

Developed a model micro-park in the Near Southside.  For sustainability, created and distributed a how-to guide for use by neighborhood groups, property developers, and others.

CRISIS TEXT SERVICES:

MHMR

Created the business / funding plan for MHMR’s new text-based crisis hotline.

 

HEALTH & FITNESS:

Blue Zones

Developed a plan for a food truck in an identified food desert; procured truck and potential partners

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING:

Early Childhood Learning Alliance

Collected and analyzed budget data from private, local and federal agencies and groups involved in early childhood learning. Identified needs, opportunities and priorities in funding.

TRANSIT:

Catholic Charities

Increased Catholic Charities’ driver volunteer pool; developed a marketing and outreach strategy to provide transportation solutions for those in need.

2014 – 2015

PUBLIC TRANSIT & MOBILITY:

The T

Engaged LFW alumni and the general public in surveys and other opportunities to provide community input to the Master Plan.

 

HEALTH & FITNESS:

City of Fort Worth

Developed a Resources packet geared toward after-school programs at community centers, including recommended activity / food plans, and resources for families.

 

WATER CONSERVATION:

Tarrant County Water District

Developed a campaign to promote water conservation and distributed it through personal networks and selected homeowners’ associations and community partners. Delivery of a class on SMART landscaping.

 

HOMELESSNESS:

Tarrant County Homeless Coalition

Developed an online networking tool to connect homeless job-seekers with willing employers.  This platform features video testimonials and employer success stories.

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING:

MHMR

Created a “playhouse” prototype model to develop parents’ knowledge of teaching (play) strategies that can be incorporated into their everyday routines.  Provided it at Morningside Elementary at their fair following kindergarten graduation to approximately 400 adults.

2013 – 2014

WATER CONSERVATION:

Tarrant County Water District

Developed an implementation plan for an internet-based advisory system that will let each resident know exactly how much water their yard requires on a weekly basis.

TRANSPORTATION:

The T

Conducted a web-based opinion survey soliciting responses on a proposed circulator trolley/bus system that would serve specific city center areas.

HUNGER:

Tarrant Area Food Bank/FWISD

Created a “students teaching students” video with high school students developing recipes, scripting, and starring in cooking demonstrations for elementary school kids.

2012-2013

TRANSPORTATION:

City of Fort Worth

Worked in conjunction with the city on Tex Rail.

EDUCATION:

LEADERSHIP FORT WORTH

Engaged Leader Kids alumni as beta group to address stay in school concerns.

HEALTH:

Tarrant County Public Health

Implemented a water bottle project in elementary schools.

HUMAN NEEDS:

Directions Home

Worked with Directions Home on employment for the homeless.

ARTS:

ort Worth Arts Council

Developed a report for the arts council addressing sustainability concerns and solutions