LeadershipClass Issues Initiative 2015-2016

LeadershipClass Issues Initiative 2015-2016

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?


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.


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


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.

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