December 18, 2017 (San Diego, CA) — LEAD San Diego will partner with six local nonprofits through the service learning component of its flagship program, IMPACT San Diego. Six Leadership Action Teams (LATs) will work directly with the organizations to develop recommended solutions to challenges and opportunities the nonprofits are currently facing.

“IMPACT participants have the opportunity to help local nonprofits address some of our region’s most pressing issues, including housing affordability, children’s literacy, environmental issues and domestic abuse,” said Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of LEAD San Diego. “These projects allow the class to start making a difference for their community and causes they are passionate about, setting them on their way to being the future leaders that make a positive lasting impact on our region.”

IMPACT provides participants with a greater understanding of the critical issues and key players in our region, and through the LATs, inspires participants to use their skills to become engaged with community organizations and causes.

The 57 members of LEAD’s IMPACT San Diego Class of 2018 will be divided into LATs, each with eight to 10 participants. Each LAT will be matched with a local nonprofit agency that can benefit from the team members’ expertise and leadership to work on an individualized project. Final projects will be presented to the nonprofit associations, their Boards, and the community at the class graduation in June.

The nonprofit partner agencies and their projects are:

Amigas Punto Com (APC) was born in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of APC is to educate, equip, and empower Latino women and their families with tools and resources to overcome adversity, and develop healthy relationships and lifestyles free from abuse and lack of boundaries. In order to meet the growing demand for the programs Amigas Punto Com provides, LEAD’s LAT will create and develop a five-year business plan that will allow APC to become a well-structured and financially sustainable organization. To learn more about Amigas Punto Com, go to conamigas.org

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) has worked to improve the health and beauty of San Diego for over 60 years. It continues to be the leading environmental organization in San Diego County, connecting more than 60,000 youth and adults with the local environment each year. The mission of ILACSD is to lead and inspire our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment through example, outreach, and local improvement. The LEAD LAT will create a targeted marketing plan for ILACSD to acquire, engage, and retain volunteers and donors. To learn more about I Love A Clean San Diego, visit cleansd.org

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) San Diego and its affiliates have invested more than $212 million towards the construction of over 6,000 affordable housing units and more than a million square feet of commercial space throughout San Diego County. LISC is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business, and raise children. LEAD’s LAT will help LISC design an outreach and communications strategy for its new $50 million fund intended to counter the rising cost of housing and the growing homelessness in San Diego. For more about LISC San Diego, visit lisc.org/san_diego

RISE San Diego’s mission is to elevate and advance urban leadership through dialogue-based civic engagement, dynamic nonprofit partnerships, and direct training and support to increase the capacity of urban residents to effect meaningful community change. RISE San Diego has launched a new social enterprise to address the growing needs of companies and organizations around diversity, equity and inclusion training: RISE @ Work. RISE is excited to collaborate with LEAD’s LAT to build a robust outreach strategy, informed by the perspectives of those who work in corporate fields and/or with large organizations, particularly at the decision-making level. To learn more about RISE San Diego, go to risesandiego.org

Thrive Public Schools is a free, public K-12 charter organization serving students from all over San Diego. Thrive’s mission is to set the standard for preparing a diverse student population to become community-minded, college-prepared, and career-inspired. By harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology and cutting-edge instructional strategies, Thrive ensures all students Learn to Learn, Learn to Do, and Learn to Be. LEAD’s LAT will help create a year-long plan for the schools to host a career fair; provide opportunities for job shadows and internships; and maintain a group of business partners that continue to engage with Thrive’s mission. For more about Thrive Public Schools, visit thriveps.org

Traveling Stories emphasizes the joy of reading to young children. The organization lets readers select books that interest them, offers financial rewards for reading books, meets readers in their communities, and engages entire families. Traveling Stories’ weekly StoryTent programs help over 3,000 kids a year fall in love with reading and adopt smart money management skills. LEAD’s LAT will work with the CEO and Volunteer Coordinator to develop a volunteer recruitment strategy and marketing plan that will provide a dependable stream of volunteers for existing and future StoryTent programs. To learn more about Traveling Stories, go to travelingstories.org