Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Caring and empathic understanding are only starting points. LEAD equips students with skills in public speaking, project management, personal and professional development, community organizing and networking. These tools help students work with their communities, understand cultural and linguistic sensitivity, and develop solutions that improve lives.
In 2011, students led a campaign in Santa Clara County to help implement the County Green Business Program which teaches businesses to take small measures to significantly protect the environment. Students outreached to small ethnic businesses, educated them about participation benefits, and helped diminish fears of costs; in the end, students enrolled 89 businesses into the program.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact.
The LEAD program (a program adopted from Vision New America) has created this impact to date: 1) 11 scholarships provided with plans to add 15 in the next year, 2) 11 alumni from the past 3 cohorts went to work for elected officials, 3) 83 different government offices and community organizations participated and continue to support as host offices, 4) 535 students successfully graduated and each completed a comprehensive internship program at an elected office or community organization, 5) 60,000+ hours served by students in civic engagement, community organizing and public service. Many students carry the value of working for community forward in their lives. One alumnus from 2012 led a community campaign to raise funds for a peer whose father suffered paralysis. With concern for his peer and equipped with new skills, the student started a small fundraiser that raised over $25,000.
Full impact potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward?
For lasting impact, LEAD will transition the annual group project into a multi-year project that successive classes build upon. The 2014 LEAD class created a campaign, #WhyIVote, to motivate and mobilize their peers to become informed voters and active community members. The campaign is designed to engage everyone that becomes connected to the project. But change isn’t completed in one year. The project will be developed and strengthened by future LEAD cohorts to ensure continuous youth engagement in the Bay Area.