LeaderKids Collaborate with Community Partners to Make a Big Impact With a Small Budget

 

Overview

The LeaderKids service project is the successful culmination of an 8-month learning journey exploring the five leadership practices, education and career opportunities, opportunities to build self-confidence and the practice teamwork.

The LeaderKids group selects a feasible community project which fulfills a need expressed by a local organization. The goal of the project is to support the host organization to better serve our fellow citizens. Our projects have ranged from enriching urban spaces for a neighborhood to enriching play and learning spaces for school children to documentation of the heritage and living environment of a community.

The Leaderkids begin planning the project in the month of January of every program year, working closely with the staff, TCU student mentors, host organization, multiple community partners and sponsors in a step-by-step approach towards project day and we never forget to celebrate our achievement afterwards!

LeaderKids 8th grade students have spent over 500 hours in community service each of the past 3 years

 

Objectives

 

  • Understand the process of planning a project
  • Cultivate the skills of brainstorming, consensus building, decision making, resource management, collaboration, execution and completion
  • Practice working with partners of different backgrounds having unique expertise and personalities
  • Contribute towards and improve the community in which they live.

 

Highlights

 

2013- 2014- Gobsmacked! Temporary Art Projects in the South Main Urban Village

  • LeaderKids went through a three-month, intense, collaborative planning process to design and plan five public art concepts that they installed to create a “sense of place” in the new South Main Urban Village.
  • Partners: Leading partner was Fort Worth South (now Near South Side); Host Partner Amphibian Productions; 5 artists served as Mentor Experts- Clif Mattix, Jennifer Henderson, Arlene Shelton, Christopher Blay, Mike Moffatt
  • 5 Business Owners provided their properties for public art projects
    • Mural Wall at W. A. Powers Building
    • Art panels- Iron fence at JO Design
    • Installation- Chain –link fence at Texaco Building
    • Installation- Large tree at Broadway & Bryan street
    • Street Art- Stairs at former Historic Supreme Golf building

2014- 2015Enhancement of Dolores Huerta Elementary School Playground

 

 

  • LeaderKids, working with BBP Architects, developed a plan to change a fenced but essentially empty playground into an inviting, active environment to enhance childrens’ physical and creative development.
  • Playground serves 600+ students on the Northside of Fort Worth

The project included:

  • Active Play:
    • Balance beams
    • Climbing walls
  • Creativity elements:
    • Xylophone fence
    • Musical wall
  • Seating and shade elements
    • Benches
    • Planter benches
    • Shade structure
  • Aesthetic elements:
    • Planters
    • Painted stepping stones
    • Playground name on the fence
    • 27 trees donated & planted
    • Irrigation by FWISD Maintenance Department
  • Special guests for completion ceremony – Mayor Betsy Price & School Board President
  • Partners: Principal, Staff and Students – Dolores Huerta Elementary School; Dolores Huerta Elementary School PTA; Fort Worth Independent School District Staff; Monica Napier, Brett Cox, Ryan McGuire, Agustina Siquot – Bennett Benner Partners Architects & Planners; Hayden Blackburn- Director, Idea Works Fort Worth; TCU Leadership Center Student Mentors class of 2014- 2015; Acme Tent and Awning ; City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department; Colby Walton- Leadership Fort Worth Board Member; Elizabeth Alaniz- Bolton- Leadership Fort Worth Board Member; Fort Worth Botanical Society; Jacinto ‘Cinto’ Ramos Jr. ; KaBOOM! for inspiring ideas; Mark Galoob- Eagles Postal Center; Phil Bairrington-President, Bairrington Landscaping Inc. ; Ramon & Anna Guajardo; Rattana Mao- President, Fort Worth Botanical Society; Allan Barr- LFW Volunteer; David Guerra – FWISD Area Director; Dolores Huerta Elementary School Maintenance Staff; FWISD Maintenance Department ; Paul Harral- LFW Volunteer; Ramon Guajardo Jr – Leadership Fort Worth, Vice President of LeaderKids; Steven Grant – FWISD Area 1 Director

 

2015- 2016- Enhancement of Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School Playground

 

 

  • On May 17th, LeaderKids, with the support of adult volunteers and mentors, implemented and completed a plan to modify a grassy plain courtyard at the Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School into a space that will be used for experiential / outdoor learning and recreation by the students, faculty and families of the school.
  • School courtyard serves 500+ students on the east side of Fort Worth
  • The courtyard is now a pleasing and educational outdoor space with :
    • Seating elements like benches along with a seated outdoor classroom with a chalk board
    • Natural elements like beds with plants, flowers, vegetables, native texas plants
    • Conservation elements like composting, recycling, rain water harvesting
    • Aesthetic elements like pathway, art work
  • Partners: Nakita Brewer- Principal, Staff & Students of Maudrie M. Walton Elementary School; Fort Worth Independent School District Staff; Carlos Walker & Nakia Cole- Historic Stop Six Initiative; Becca Smith- Tarrant Area Food Bank; With Contributions From Sky Kolar- Teacher- Literary/Science, Walton Elementary School; Girls Inc. of Tarrant County Staff Volunteers; Home Depot Store # 542; Archie’s Gardenland; Catholic Charities of Fort Worth ; Rattana Mao- Community leader; Z’s Cafe & Catering; Albertsons Store #232; Allan Barr Sales; Hutson Creative; David Guerra – Director, Maintenance & Operations FWISD; FWISD Landscape Department Staff; Allan Barr- LFW Volunteerl; Paul Harral- LFW Volunteer; Ramon Guajardo Jr. – LFW Board, Vice President LeaderKids

 

2015- 2016- Historic Stop Six Community Photo Documentation Project

  • On May 17th, LeaderKids, with the support of adult volunteers and mentors, will implement and complete a plan to document the spaces, structures and people (with permission) of Stop Six community through the medium of photography as well as design and install a display of their photos at The Center of Stop Six Heritage.
  • The project included a Digital & Printed set of photographs of the Stop Six Community & Design and Display of Photographs at the The Center of Stop Six Heritage
  • Partners: Residents & Institutions of the Historic Stop Six Community; The Center For Stop Six Heritage; Fort Worth Independent School District Staff; Carlos Walker & Nakia Cole- Historic Stop Six Initiative; Raul Rodriguez & Jessica Fuentes – ACT (Artists Coming Together); Franklin Moss- President, The Center for Stop Six Heritage; With Contributions From LeaderKids 2015-16, LeaderKids Program Staff, Texas Christian University Student Mentors & Girls Inc. of Tarrant County Staff Volunteers; Catholic Charities of Fort Worth ; Fort Worth Photo Lab- For All Your Photographic Needs; Rattana Mao- Community leader; Z’s Cafe & Catering; Hutson Creative