Community Impact Projects

It’s about the process…

The Community and School Impact project component of the Leadership Northeast experience is meant to serve several purposes. Classmates work together to design and execute a project that fulfills a community need. In doing so, participants utilize the leadership development skills they have learned throughout the year, while making a positive impact on their community.

Although Project Advisors provide guidance, these projects are participant-driven from beginning to end. Project groups brainstorm ideas at their first meeting and then work together to see it through.

Project groups are designed to make the process challenging. Participants must work through their differences of opinion, behavior and perspectives and find a common ground. Learning how to bring people together, despite these differences, in order accomplish something extraordinary is the true definition of Leadership.

Between the Core, Junior and Impact programs, Leadership Northeast participants complete upwards of 40 projects a year, collaborating with other nonprofits, schools, government and community organizations.  After 38 years in the business, the ripple effect of these projects is vast, and the lessons learned invaluable.

Click below to see what our current classes are up to, and browse the map below for a visual of how LNE’s alumni have worked to improve their community throughout the years.

LNE Alumni Directory

Cougar Kids Corner: working with the Bourger Women with Children Program at Misericordia University to outfit a learning and exploration space for the children in their newly remodeled community home.

Kitchen Impossible: Plans to provide Ruth’s Place with a fully functioning kitchen. This will entail replacing or repairing stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, and freezers.

Mi CASA es Su CASA: Creating a safe area where foster children of CASA of Luzerne County can meet with their advocates.

Pampered Paws: Outfitting the SPCA of Luzerne County with a proper grooming room for the animals in the community that are looking for caring homes.

Readership Wyoming: Transforming the Wyoming Free Library’s Children’s Library into an accessible, inviting, engaging space which will help foster a lifelong love of learning.

Team Beezy: Bringing interactive children’s art to downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Aim for Education: Raising funds and developing personal connections with the children at the McGlynn Center.

Book Buddies: Reading with children at the Osterhout Free Library in order to excite, empower, and enable a passion for literacy.

Happy Brain Initiative: Working with Hillside Farms to help bring awareness and funds to the increasing problem of mental health in children and teenagers.

Hygiene for Humanity: Providing hygiene products for women and children escaping homelessness and crisis to the Catherine McAuley Center and educating the community on the stigma surrounding hygiene poverty.

Kids Care for Kids: Supporting the efforts of the Children’s Service Center of Wyoming Valley as they prepare their new location.

Lettuce Feed Those in Need: Providing food for those in need throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania by working with Fork Over Love and the Weinberg Food Bank.

Pets for Vets: Holding an awareness campaign and pet supply drive benefitting Rescue Pets Serving Vets.

Rally for Ruth’s: Organizing a supply drive to benefit the women of Ruth’s Place and assisting the Leadership Northeast Core group, Kitchen Impossible, with their renovations to the kitchen of Ruth’s Place.

Super Kids: Raising awareness and acquiring donations for children with medical vulnerabilities in collaboration with A Moment of Magic.

How much of an impact has Leadership Northeast had on NEPA? Take a look at our interactive Project Map to see!

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