Scottsdale Leadership aims to make sustainable community impact

Positive and sustainable impacts on the community are the hallmark of the Scottsdale Leadership organization.

This year’s Class 29 Core Program members have assembled five teams which are creating projects that improve the community through their Project Lead It Forward efforts.

The local team that developed the Victim Next Door Project at Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

The local team that developed the Victim Next Door Project at Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

The Victim Next Door

Scottsdale Healthcare’s Forensic Nurse Examiner Unit (FNEU) provides personalized comprehensive care to patients who are victims of assault, domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse. The team is leading a clothing drive, fundraising effort and domestic violence awareness campaign. Clothing and personal hygiene items will be packaged as Victim Care Kits and fundraising will support the purchase of forensic lighting and cameras.

The local team that developed the TruSport project for Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

The local team that developed the TruSport project for Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

Club TRUSport

TruForce is a program that uses a science-based assessment process matching children with low self-esteem and sedentary lifestyles with extracurricular activities. Children are assessed and then activities are tailored to focus on the development of fundamental skill sets addressing childhood obesity and sedentary habits through movement, mentoring, athletic development and social inclusion. The team led the roll-out plan for permanent program implementation at The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale – Thunderbird Branch.

The local team that developed the Multi-Sensory Environment project at Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

The local team that developed the Multi-Sensory Environment project at Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

Multi-Sensory Environment in the Adaptive Recreation Center

The city of Scottsdale’s Adaptive Recreation Services department was in need of a room to conduct therapy for people with conditions including dementia, autism, intellectual disability and brain injury. This team helped to design and furnish a multi-sensory room in the Adaptive Recreation Center located at 8102 E. Jackrabbit Road. An open house was held on April 9 and included an official ribbon cutting, snacks and prizes. This free community event is open to the public.

The local team that developed the Kovach Family Nature Trail Environment project at Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

The local team that developed the Kovach Family Nature Trail Environment project at Scottsdale Leadership. (Submitted photo)

Grand Opening of the Kovach Family Nature Trail

The Kovach Family Nature Trail showcases wildlife and the natural desert while being accessible to all ages and physical abilities. The team led the logistics, planning, marketing and sponsorship drive for the free public event which occurred March 28, 2015. This project builds upon the legacy of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve through Volunteer Stewardship opportunities.

Growing an Education: Rebuilding Supai Middle School’s Garden

Supai Middle School’s garden had fallen dormant. This team revitalized the garden and also provided specific nutritional, educational and scientific resources for the students.  The project culminated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and was supported with donations from local businesses.

The Project Lead It Forward teams compete for $2,000 with judges from the community deciding the winner based on project need, impact, teamwork, stakeholder collaboration and sustainability.

The projects will be showcased and winners announced at the Lead It Forward Showcase & Reception to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 at The Sands at Hotel Valley Ho at 6850 E. Main Street in Scottsdale.

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