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.
Researched and advocated for Tiny Home Villages for the homeless
-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
Researched and implemented plans to impact volunteer and employee retention rates
-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
Created an art room and established programming for the new Youth Opportunity Center
-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
Implemented a food rescue promotional campaign
-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
Developed a re-purposing plan for the outdoor family area
-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