A key aspect of each Leadership Toledo adult class is the opportunity for participants to expand both their knowledge of local organizations and hone leadership skills through participation in a small group project. Class members self-select their projects from those submitted through this unique process offered to nonprofit and civic organizations. Selected organizations benefit from the energy and talents of a small group of outstanding volunteers wishing to make an impact while helping Leadership Toledo encourage the further development of community awareness, critical thinking skills, and group dynamics.
Often, the best projects result from individuals who take the time to share with others the value of this program. Leadership Toledo invites and encourages all residents to help raise awareness of this opportunity--over 150 non-profit/community organizations have been served! In 2018-19, from the many proposals submitted, the class selected eight projects focused around education, including: Cardinal Stritch, Good Grief, Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Public Schools-AVID Program, The University Church, United Way’s Real Men READy, and Venture Bound.
-The agency/organization submitting a project must be a non-profit or group working to become a nonprofit, or a civic organization.
-The agency/organization must be an active, collaborative partner in the project
-The project must have defined outcomes, including an outline of the resources required (materials, money, labor, etc) necessary for success, and a plan for securing these resources and a mechanism or plan for evaluating the project’s success.
-There must be an identified non-profit agency/organization staff liaison who agrees to work with the project team
-There must be clearly defined staff roles in relation to the group project team member roles
-The non-profit agency/organization cannot be the employer of a group project team member, nor can the participant currently be serving as a board member for the non-profit
-Capital improvement projects (i.e. clean up/fix up) and fundraising projects will not be considered. Any funding that may be needed to complete the project is the sole responsibility of the nonprofit/civic organization.
-Agencies should view the project as a mutual endeavor that they are equal partners with the Leadership Toledo team.
-It helps to be flexible. Sometimes projects go in a direction that is different than what the agency or the project team envisioned. The end result can be more powerful than anyone expected. It helps to be prepared to be creative and shift the focus of the project if the “vision” changes, especially if the project was “visionary” to start with.
-Projects can provide the boost your agency needs to get something started that can continue on its own after the project is completed. It is also possible that the project you propose isn’t one that can be completed in the 6 month time frame, but in stages that would allow you to present the next stage to the next LT class.
- Excellent communication is CRITICAL. If staff members don’t meet regularly with the LT group, they may make assumptions that are inaccurate. Insist on routinely attending meetings.
Deadline for submission is Sunday, September 29, 2019 11:59 p.m.
You will be notified by Monday, October 9th if you have been selected to present to the class.
Selected agencies will present their projects on Thursday, October 24th
Projects will be completed (if possible) by the end of April, 2020
Please note that class participants self-select their projects based upon their community/civic concerns, passions and interests.