Experiential learning is a crucial part of the LEADS fellowship. Each year, our fellows pick projects to research and pilot. They put the knowledge and leadership skills gained from their Harvard Business School course to work on sample projects to benefit their local cities or region.
Projects range from entrepreneurial projects to revitalize downtowns and connect employers and job seekers to projects fighting food scarcity, addressing the housing crisis, and piloting youth mentorship programs.
Many of the projects have resulted in real-world change as the connections made through LEADS fueled new cross-sector partnerships, business and organizations.
Beyond investing in the leaders that participate in the fellowship, LEADS invests in the communities where it works by catalyzing and supporting actionable projects that address priority issues at the local and regional levels.
Throughout the fellowship year, our programming incorporates systems thinking principles and design thinking methodology to identify opportunities to move the needle on priority issues. As these issues are identified and discussed, cohort members self-organize into cross-sectoral project teams based on aligned interest and expertise. The groups work to turn their ideas into action through a guided “entrepreneurial opportunity framework” and present their proposed solution to a panel of high-profile state and regional leaders at the conclusion of the fellowship year.
Through seed funding, tactical connections, and other support, LEADS helps project teams launch, adapt and scale their efforts. While the teams and their initiatives are dynamic and ever-evolving, the project proposals included here represent what was presented at the conclusion of the fellowship year. To get involved, get more information, or to get in touch with leaders involved in any of these efforts, please reach out to the LEADS team.
Lawrence Small Business Support
Small Business Resources
Lawrence Workforce Development
Lawrence Opioid Commission
Community-Based Harm Reduction
Engaging Youth in Climate Change
Youth-Led Climate Change
Small Business Resources
Political BIPOC Representation
Fair Housing Representation
Increasing DEI Hiring
Re-Imagining Community Brand
Re-Building the Manufacturing Industry
DEIJ Coaching & Resources For Businesses
Youth Entrepreneurial Accelerator
Anti-Hate Training and Advocacy
Matching Employers & Talent
Mentorship for POC Male Youth
Peer-to-Peer Communication for Youth in Crisis
BIPOC Youth Workforce Opportunities
Capital for Affordable Housing
Fostering Resilient Youth)
Non-English Speaking Media Outlets
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