Team “Lifting Soles”

LK Team Members: Sarah Rubinfeld, Bobby Nash, Lorien Thomas, and Bane Thomey.
Project Sponsor: Walkin’ in My Shoes

The project sponsor Walkin’ in My Shoes requested assistance with building shelving to showcase, merchandise and store shoes and clothing for the Taylor-Gabbylill Boutique for the Homeless.

By using their community connections and their professional problem solving skills, the team was able to acquire a multitude of racks and shelving valued at hundreds of dollars from a local retailer that was going out of business. With the help of other volunteers, they installed the racks and shelving and organized all of the existing donations. Items that are now donated to the organization can be quickly given a “home” on one of the boutique’s multitude of shelves or racks. In turn, clients have a classy, dignified boutique in which they can “shop” for the clothing items that they need.

This project won the Leadership Kenosha “Project of the Year” award.

Team “Be Influential”

LK Team Members: Madeline Carrera and Daphne Ursu
Project Sponsor: Hope Council

This team partnered with the Hope Council to create and execute a mentoring and advertising campaign focused on Kenosha County youth. They developed “Above the Influence”, an inter-active activity for middle school students. An event was hosted in partnership with UW-Parkside’s Mentor KR Project for mentors and mentees at the Boys & Girls Club. This activity provided mentored students with the opportunity to be their own positive role model by writing a short slogan as to why they would stay Above the Influence.

Team “Lights, Camera, Action, Literacy”

LK Team Members: David Hughes, Aimee Martinez, Julie Teeter, and Dustin Feeney
Project Sponsor: Kenosha Literacy Council

The Kenosha Literacy Council (KLC) requested help in creating a few short PSAs that they can use to recruit tutors and learners, increase public support, and advertise what KLC offers to the community. The team worked with the Audio/Visual Technology Department at Gateway Technical College to interview and develop a six minute video clip as well as a one minute video clip to be used in a variety of venues, including the Kenosha Literacy Council website.

With the support of the Gateway AV department, the team filmed interviews with ten KLC learners and five KLC tutors over several days, producing over two hours of raw footage. The final product explains the struggles of the KLC learners and shows how KLC and its dedicated tutors help KLC learners succeed.

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Team “Leaders for Life”

LK Team Members: Brandon Amason, Doug Bartz, Cheryl Hernandez, and Michelle Kinney
Project Sponsor: United Way of Kenosha

Over the past decade, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin has fallen from one of the lowest to one of the highest in the nation in cases of infant mortality – especially among minority groups. In response to this problem, the Leadership Kenosha team worked with United Way of Kenosha County to develop the Oh Baby! Family Wellness Fair.

The mission of Oh Baby! Family Wellness Fair was to help expectant parents and families with young children gain information about health, wellness, and safety through interactive displays, hands-on activities and presentations. One of the most important focuses was to help parents and caregivers learn about safe sleep environments for babies.

Families participating in the workshops were eligible to receive pack-n-plays, car seats, booster seats, and scooters with helmets – all designed to promote safety. Exhibitors included health agencies, social services agencies and even a booth from Just Ask Kids that focused on fun family events. Educational workshops were: Active Early, Healthy Bites; Safe Sleeping/SIDS Awareness; and Car Seat Safety. The event was attended by over 100 people.