Are you interested in having a group of community leader’s partner with your organization on an issue or project that requires sound strategic thinking and an enthusiastic “let’s-get-it-done!” attitude? Each year, Leadership Saint Paul, our Chamber’s premier community leadership program, partners with 8 local nonprofits to complete service projects that advance their mission and help them achieve specific strategic objectives for the organization at no charge.
The LSP curriculum is designed to raise awareness of the needs and challenges that affect the Saint Paul/East metro region and enhance individual leadership skills with a focus on community stewardship. Each year, LSP selects 50 emerging and existing leaders from private, public, and nonprofit sectors of the community to participate in the ten-month program.
As part of the curriculum, each participant forms a team with 6 to 8 classmates and partners with a nonprofit on a community service project to apply what they are learning and gain experiential knowledge in community stewardship. Recent projects include: creating a Farmers’ Market in the Highland Park area, launching a new event for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, and helping to expand employment skills for youth experiencing homelessness.
To be considered for this opportunity your organization must submit notice of intent by October 15 and the full proposal must be delivered to the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce by October 31, 2014. Please see full details on the SPACC Foundation Page.
Here is what some of our past service project recipients had to say regarding their experience:
“This morning, we had the pleasure of having seven members of this year’s Leadership Saint Paul class present a strategy and plan that would help the Genesys Works program reach deeper into the Saint Paul Public High Schools and service students beginning their 10th grade year. The LSP team not only came up with some great ideas but an action plan that will enable us to turn these ideas into reality. Volunteer service projects often live up to the maxim 'You get what you paid for,' but this was certainly not the case with our LSP project team. We were blown away by the level of thought and effort they put into this project and we look forward to implementing their proposed plan of action in the year to come. On behalf of the students and staff of Genesys Works, I want to thank the SPACC for making service learning part of the LSP curriculum and for all you do to make Saint Paul a better place to work and live. You are truly making a difference.” Jeff Tollefson, Executive Director, Genesys Works
This year’s current service projects include:
The American Cancer Society, Second Harvest Heartland, Catholic Charities, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, St. Paul Smart Trips, Cookie Cart, and The Minnesota Transportation Museum and Face to Face
Don’t let your organization miss out on this extraordinary opportunity! Please contact me with any questions.
Elisa Rasmussen, Director of Engagement and Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org