LEAD San Diego

An Affiliate of San Diego Regional Chamber

Nonprofit Partners

Leadership In Action

LEAD San Diego directly affects positive change in our region through a variety of ways. We have opportunities to directly connect our program alumni to mentorship opportunities, nonprofit committees, and local boards and commissions through our Leader Match platform. We also offer local nonprofits an opportunity to benefit from our Leadership Action Teams (LATs), the service learning component of LEAD’s flagship program, Impact.

Impact not only provides participants with a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, it also inspires participants to use their skills to become engaged with community organizations and causes. Each year, members of the Impact class are divided into Leadership Action Teams (LATs). Each LAT is matched with a local nonprofit agency that benefits from the team members’ expertise and leadership to accomplish an individualized project aiding in the organizations’ long-term sustainability.

2021 Leadership Action Team Request for Proposals

LEAD San Diego’s Impact Class of 2021 will be divided into four (4) Leadership Action Teams (LEAD staff strives for approximately six to ten class members per team, based upon class preferences and skill sets) tasked with tackling real community needs submitted by organizations from the San Diego region. These projects need to be initiated and completed between January and May 2021, and must have a lasting benefit to the community being served. Each team’s participants will bring their knowledge, professional skills, and access to regional resources and networks of influence to the selected community improvement projects. Previous projects have included development of communications & marketing plans; creation of a facility expansion feasibility report; and development of a five-year strategic plan. Your project is not required to be limited to these ideas; we strongly encourage unique and creative projects.

The 2021 Leadership Action Team RFP is now available and due by Friday, September 18, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Program Manager Kim Van Nguyen at knguyen@sdchamber.org


Leader Match

Leader Match, presented by Cox, is a platform for LEAD graduates to review volunteer and leadership opportunities available in our region. Local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to share their opportunities here for our network to consider.

Questions? Contact Program Manager Lorraine Kahler at lkahler@sdchamber.org

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2020 Leadership Action Team Partner Agencies

A Step Beyond
A Step Beyond (ASB) is an afterschool creative youth development program located onsite at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, serving predominantly students from Escondido with a few from the San Marcos school district. ASB offers a combination of dance training and performance opportunities, academic tutoring and enrichment, and family services serving children and youth whose families are all living below the federal poverty level in areas of gangs and related violence in the community. ASB provides these students with a way out of poverty and the challenges that come along with it. Each student is accepted in third or fourth grade and commits to staying involved in the program until they graduate from high school.


Doors of Change
Doors of Change (DOC) has been transforming the lives of homeless youth for nearly two decades. DOC utilizes the healing powers of art and music as a gateway to build trust with the homeless youth who attend their programs. Their core program, Taking Music & Art to the Streets (TMATS), has helped hundreds of youth and provides homeless youth ages 12-24 with free lessons in music and art, a hot meal, medical care, clothes, shoes, haircuts, social services, and case management. TMATS builds the trust they need with homeless youth, while their outreach and case management help take the youth to the next chapter of their lives.


Ilan-Lael Foundation
Ilan-Lael Foundation is an arts education organization located in Julian which manages the home, art studios, and property of world-renowned artist and architectural designer, James Hubbell, and makes them available for public uses. Founded in 1983 by Mr. Hubbell, the Ilan-Lael Foundation helps others discover their creativity and put it to work making a more humane and harmonious world. They provide a place to explore the arts through engagement with the natural world and to inspire people of diverse ages and cultures to discover and celebrate their creativity and use it as a catalyst for positive change in the world. Programs include a 30-year volunteer building project on a Hubbell-designed school in Tijuana and a 25-year Pacific Rim Park program that uses architecture and architecture students from cultures around the Pacific to design and build parks dedicated to community, friendship, and understanding.


The Kim Center for Social Balance
The Kim Center for Social Balance is developing a uniquely comprehensive Workplace Gender Equity Risk Assessment (WGERA), which will apply standardized metrics to evaluate organization-level data and employee feedback about their daily gender-related experiences at work. This 360-degree combined narrative is designed to motivate employers to strive for gender equity by making it easier to identify key issues, establish baselines, and measure progress annually. Special attention will be paid to employee issues lying at the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, etc. The WGERA is the linchpin of their larger three-point vision to create a permanently upward trajectory for workplace gender equity in San Diego.


Second Chance
Second Chance  helps more than 2,000 low-income and justice-involved San Diegans each year by providing specialized workforce training, eliminating educational barriers and addressing ancillary issues such as behavioral health, housing, transportation and substance abuse.


Zero 8 Hundred
zero8hundred addresses the challenges military service members face when leaving active duty and returning to civilian life. zero8hundred has achieved unparalleled success due to its early intervention model and strong relationship with senior military leadership. Their service model is straightforward: each service member enrolled in the program is paired with a Resource & Outreach Specialist, who is both a veteran and qualified clinician (MSW/MFT). Through this 1:1 relationship, zero8hundred supports both the service member and their entire family through the challenges of transitioning back to civilian life, by connecting them with the resources they need, such as housing, education, employment, nutrition assistance, and mental health.

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