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Class of 2016 Projects

The primary objective of the class projects is to provide class members with opportunities to develop meaningful leadership skills in real-world settings while benefiting a local non-profit organization and ultimately preparing class members to effectively lead change in the Greater Des Moines community.  

Participants in the Community Leadership Program Class of 2016 have partnered with five local nonprofit organizations  Class members reviewed numerous proposals, choosing project partners based on project scope, individual interest, learning opportunities and the potential to meet organizational and community needs. .

The combined efforts of the five teams provided 1,329 hours of volunteer hours. This resulted in over $33,225 of value given back to the Greater Des Moines community!

 Read on to learn about each of the five projects below.


Joppa Outreach 

 

Project: 

Researched and advocated for Tiny Home Villages for the homeless

Highlights: 

-Traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to produce a video noting the success of a similar Tiny Home Village 

-Developed marketing tools for promotion and advocacy 

-Created a model tiny home with the support of Norwalk High School



Youth Emergency Services and Shelter of Iowa

Project: 

Researched and implemented plans to impact volunteer and employee retention rates 


Highlights: 

-Established YESS University, an employee training and development program

-Created an expert advisory board to provide input and guidance on key issues

-Helped secure financial support for recruitment and tracking software





Iowa Homeless Youth Center

Project:

Created an art room and established programming for the new Youth Opportunity Center


Highlights: 

-Secured furnishing for art room space

-Provided connections to artists within the community to teach at the center

-Compiled curriculum and acquired materials for arts program


Click here to see the art room renovation 


Eat Greater Des Moines

Project:

Implemented a food rescue promotional campaign 

Highlights:

-Created first "Eat and Greet" to bring together food donors and recipients 

-Produced a video that voiced the impact and value of the organization

-Generated high quality marketing materials to further advocacy 




Ronald McDonald House of Central Iowa

Project:

Developed a re-purposing plan for the outdoor family area

Highlights:

-Sought feedback from over 400 families to make informed improvements

-Partnered with 30 Iowa State University Architecture students to create design plan for therapeutic garden

-Created a fundraising and marketing strategy to gain community support




                           

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