LEAD San Diego Announces Six Local Nonprofit Organizations Chosen as 2015 Leadership Action Team Partner Agencies
Nonprofits will benefit from 2015 IMPACT San Diego program participants’ expertise and leadership
LEAD San Diego directly brings about positive change in our region through Leadership Action Teams (LATs), the service learning component of LEAD’s flagship 10-month program, IMPACT San Diego. IMPACT not only provides participants with a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, it also motivates participants to use their skills to become engaged with community organizations and causes.
The 57 members of LEAD’s IMPACT San Diego Class of 2015 have been divided into six LATs, each with seven to 11 participants. Each LAT has been matched with a local nonprofit agency that can benefit from the team members’ expertise and leadership to work on an individualized project.
Here are the six Leadership Action Team nonprofit partner agencies selected to work with the 2015 IMPACT class, along with a description of their projects:
Cygnet Theatre – Believing in the power of theatre to startle the soul, ignite debate and embrace the diversity of the community, Cygnet Theatre is fearlessly committed to the dissection, examination and celebration of the human story through the medium of live theatre. Cygnet is dedicated to helping underserved populations in San Diego, primarily Title 1 youth, seniors, military families and ethnically diverse communities, gain access to the benefits of theatre. LEAD’s LAT will create a strategic plan of action for Cygnet focused on developing new and enhancing existing corporate partnerships, with the goal of sustaining and growing the reach and impact in the community. For more information about Cygnet, go to www.cygnettheatre.com
Girls Incorporated of San Diego County – The mission of Girls Incorporated, headquartered in New York, is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Through interactive programs, girls build their athletic skills and competitive spirit; strengthen their ability and interest in science, math and technology; and fortify their self-respect and determination. LEAD’s LAT will develop a 12 to 18 month marketing plan designed to increase brand awareness of Girls Inc. of San Diego County; build a database of individuals interested in engaging with the organization; and motivate those individuals to become involved with and invest in Girls Inc. To learn more about Girls Inc., go to www.girlsincsd.org
Juma – Over the past 20 years, Juma has transformed into a national, award-winning youth development program serving more than 1,200 youth in six cities: New Orleans, New York, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Juma’s mission is to help break the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year degree. Juma’s program combines employment in social enterprises, college preparation and financial asset building. LEAD’s LAT will evaluate the best practices of providing work opportunities to underserved youth and develop strategies that Juma may follow to create more quality, year-round work opportunities for youth. For more information about Juma, go to www.jumaventures.org
KIPP San Diego – KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) began in 1994 when two teachers launched a fifth-grade public school program in inner-city Houston, Texas. Today there are 141 KIPP schools serving more than 50,000 students in 20 states and Washington, D.C. KIPP’s mission is to ensure that students develop the academic skills, intellectual habits and character traits needed to succeed in life through problem solving, critical thinking, respect, self-advocacy and grit. LEAD’s LAT will conduct a market analysis so KIPP San Diego can fulfill their vision of providing an adequate number of high-quality educational options for families in traditionally underserved communities. To learn more about KIPP, go to www.kippadelante.org
Ocean Connectors – With the mission of seeing environmental education as a platform to connect with underserved elementary students and strengthen educational opportunities in at-risk areas, Ocean Connectors is an interdisciplinary environmental education project that crosses borders and cultural boundaries. Ocean Connectors uses migratory marine species such as sea turtles, whales and sea birds as tools to educate and connect youth on the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Mexico. LEAD’s LAT will develop a strategic plan that will reveal next steps for the organization, identify new partners and engage the skills of local community leaders. For more information about Ocean Connectors, visit www.oceanconnectors.org
Project New Village – Serving as a catalyst, Project New Village brings local residents, businesses, academia and government representatives together to build stronger neighborhoods, improve the quality of life, and stimulate collective investment in better health. LEAD’s LAT will create a formula for the organization to become a sustainable nonprofit with the capacity to operate a social enterprise centered on urban agriculture in Southeastern San Diego. The project will provide a blueprint for connecting existing project components, the Mount Hope Community Garden and the People’s Produce Farmers Market, in a sustainable way. To learn more about Project New Village, go to www.projectnewvillage.org
LEAD San Diego’s six LATs have already begun work with their nonprofit partner agencies. LEAD’s LATs will present their completed projects at the IMPACT San Diego graduation and community showcase, which is open to the public, on Friday, June 5, 2015.
About LEAD San Diego
For more than 33 years, LEAD San Diego has provided balanced education and dialogue, equipping individuals with an understanding of our region, the personal skills and the right network of contacts to accomplish great things as civic and community leaders. LEAD’s programs are designed to engage, develop and mobilize diverse groups of emerging and current leaders, ensuring that the San Diego/Northern Baja California region’s leadership pipeline remains filled. For more information, go to www.leadsandiego.com