LeadershipClass Issues Initiative 2014-2015

A unique element of LeadershipClass is the execution of Issues Initiative projects performed by participant teams that positively impact the Fort Worth Community.

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 (8-12 depending on class size) class members work together throughout the program year using a structured approach to develop solutions that will ultimately be presented to key community stakeholder audiences and the LFW Forum membership.


The goals of the LFW Issues Initiatives are to complete high-impact projects that:

  • Augment a local non-profit’s staffing with talented volunteer resources that help them address an issue that they could not otherwise tackle
  • Establish clear objectives and specific, tangible outcomes that will clearly benefit the community
  • Deliver solutions that are data-based (research component)
  • Engage external resources (sources from class member networks) in a meaningful way
  • Provide knowledge transfer of the solution, including key steps for sustainability, to the non-profit and its key stakeholders


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?


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.


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.

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