Leadership Santa Barbara seeking community projects

Does your nonprofit organization have a project that could benefit from the time, energy and expertise of 20-25 emerging leaders?  Leadership Santa Barbara County (LSBC), a local leadership development program, seeks proposals from local nonprofits for service projects in southern Santa Barbara County. The ideal project will have a deep enough scope to engage the entire 20 member class, and the ability to be completed between November 2016 and May 2017. 


In addition to planning and executing these projects, LSBC class members have historically raised $5,000-$10,000 and solicited in-kind gifts to support the completion of the projects.  It is expected that the selected nonprofit will supply volunteers and additional funding as needed.


Past class projects include: Chicken Coop for Fairview Gardens Educational Program, Onsite Mini-Libraries for Housing Authority of SB, Structural Improvements and Murals for DAWG, Garden and Mural for Girl’s Inc., Composting at Laguna Cottages, a Playground for Isla Vista Youth Projects, and an outdoor learning garden for Adelante Charter School.


LSBC classes seek projects where they can have a hands-on experience in addition to raising funds and awareness.  The organization that is selected to partner with Leadership Santa Barbara must provide a staff liaison to coordinate with the class member(s). 


Proposals Must Be Submitted Through an Online Application


Please submit all proposals by October 28, 2016.  The top four proposals will be invited to make a 10-minute pitch to the LSBC class on November 11, 2016.


About Leadership Santa Barbara’s Class Project
Throughout the year, the class will work hand in hand with a non-profit of its choice to complete an in-depth project. The scope of work is determined by the class, in collaboration with the selected nonprofit, as members develop, plan, and execute the effort before May’s graduation event. The May topic day unveils the project to the public.

While each year’s project will provide benefits to a non-profit organization, class members gain unparalleled exposure and training in project management that transfers to future volunteerism, workplace, and philanthropic efforts.

Non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit their project ideas annually.  Up to four organizations will be invited to present at the November Skills Day session where the class will use skills acquired that day to choose its project.

About Leadership Santa Barbara

Leadership Santa Barbara County is an issue-oriented nine month leadership development program that offers both emotional intelligence training and in-depth exposure to pressing community issues.  Gaining a working knowledge of local issues and of vital community projects is essential to ensure seamless coordination of thousands of concerned citizens’ efforts. LSBC participants develop the skills and vision needed to successfully maintain our quality of life and to lead our county into the future.  Conflict resolution, consensus building, working with the Media, organizing meetings, conducting focus groups, and public speaking are some of many skills LSBC participants have the opportunity to practice.  The program is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Barbara County.  For more information: www.leadsb.org.


Contact:          Valerie Ellis

                        Board Member, Class Project Liaison

Leadership Santa Barbara


                        (805) 683-1830


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