LEAD is a seven-month program designed to develop skills in the community and workplace. Topics focus on aspects of community life such as human needs, economic foundations, education, government, and health. As part of the course, small groups of classmates work on projects that address a community need or opportunity.
A few of our recent successful projects:
Participants: Nia Jones, Gavin Everett
Goal: To provide venue space and promote culture for under-represented artists and artist groups.
Participants: Christina Smith, Andrew Krebbs, Amber Riley, Andrew (AJ) Gianopoulos
Goal: To increase awareness of the role of the animal shelter, while educating pet and non-pet owners in the community about adoption care, helping animals, and city ordinances around pets.
Participants: Abigail Murphy, Cherelle Hines, Megan Dennis, Ryan Heeb
Goal: To educate and empower teens/young adults (age 16–19) by designing an interactive game to help them develop life skills and financial literacy.
Goal: To raise awareness of individuals experiencing homelessness in our community; fight the stigma attached to individuals experiencing homelessness; raise funds for Friend’s Place.
Participants: Laura Blaker, Morning Wilder, Esthela O’Neill
Goal: To increase access to no-cost groceries for low income residents on the west side of Monroe County.
Participants: Christopher Emge, Matt Kavgian, Matt Neer, Skyler Parrish, Lauren Travis
Goal: To increase prevalence of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and informational resources for current and future Bloomington-area EV owners.
Participants: Amalia Shifriss, Jessica Jacobs-Tuttle, Jim Wiltz
Goal: To create an awareness effort to educate businesses on the ALICE population, needs, and best practices.
Participants: Steven Dirk, Joe Christley, Heather Calloway, Joe Fuschetto, Monica Queen, Amy Joyner
Goal: To partner with Hoosier Hills Career Center to design a four-part, Life Skills financial competency course, recognizing that essential, personal financial components were missing from existing high school curricula. These items include Credit, Budget, Business Plan, and Legal, and will be incorporated into existing programming.
Participants: Anne McCombe, Kim Van Lue, Kira Richardson
Goal: We hope to improve the current landscape of quality affordable childcare in Bloomington and Monroe County by creating a communication plan that will include a variety of different tools and vehicles that the Community Foundation can use.
Participants: Brett Day, Nate Nickel, Maggie Reisdorf, Michael Reschke, April White
Goal: To create or expand on current opportunities that teach general life skills by promoting a healthy lifestyle through self-care, mental and physical health, and stress reduction for younger children.
Participants: Teddie Gambler, Elizabeth Gray, Jason Moore, Steve Owens, Karen Smith
Goal: Building on previous projects designed to identify the various services, providers, missions, and assistance in our community, our project will leverage technology to provide a framework and proof of concept for a solution to connect people to the various levels of service they need. The proof of concept will help connect volunteers with areas they are passionate about helping with through a SMS platform.
Participants: Zerina Razic, Kennedy Rostenkowski, Pierre Atchade, Adrienne Evans Fernandez, Danielle Peter, Felita Lucas
Goal: To provide nonprofits and community organizations with a strategic plan that will focus on addressing the real and perceived barriers between the city and county social infrastructure through an annual, county-wide event.
Participants: Sue Eckes, Jodi Baker, Katherine McHugh, Kaylin Worthington, Ryan Pedigo
Goal: Forward an amendment to the City’s Municipal Code that will help not only the animals of Monroe County but also pet owners by providing resources to owners, improving communication between animal advocate organizations, and protecting pets in times of extreme weather.
Participants: Tara Ali, Susan Dyar, Lisa Fukuda, Yuan Zhou
Goal: Increase engagement in order to reduce isolation in populations within the community and foster environments of comfort regardless of stage of life. Cross barriers and create connections with seemingly disparate populations. Create programmatic events in order to connect generations.
Participants: Hannah Hirsch, Morgan Taylor
Goal: Complete an accessibility study to define areas in the county that are or are not accessible to varying degrees of ability in Monroe County, and create a Mobility Accessibility Acceptance plan for the community.