Each Leadership Development Academy of Rock County participant works with a small group of their fellow class members to plan and execute a collaborative project that addresses a community need. These projects and their results are presented each May and serve as the program's capstone experience.
Build a Teen Room at Care House
After going through a tour of the CARE House, each of us were encouraged by the good work performed at the CARE House and empowered by the number of children served. What seemed to be missing, as indicated by the former Executive Director of YWCA, was a place where pre-teens and teens could go to find respite before and after being interviewed. A teen rom was needed and an initial vision had been thought up by the YWCA CARE House staff. Our group felt very passionate about this project and the need was great. We created a donor-centric flyer to begin spreading the word about creating a Teen Room. Andrew, the CARE House advocate, invited us to attend a service at Good News Christian Center where the project was discussed, and our initial funds for the project began. After receiving more sponsors and donations, we organized a meat raffle to raise more funds. By the project’s completion, we anticipate a newly designed room with modern painting, furniture and various activities provided for pre-teens and teens. We will celebrate with an open house and a final fundraising effort with Culver’s Scoopie Night on May 19, 2014. Nothing would have been possible without the collaborative efforts from YWCA staff including Andrew Jensen, Jeff Bealles and Beth Tallon.
Team members & employers
Kurt Egan, Coldwell Banker Commercial – McGuire Mears & Associates
Shawn Galvin, School District of Janesville
Jennifer Oas, Community Action, Inc.
Julie Smith, KANDU Industries
Brian Vaughn, Janesville Police Department