Leadership Wilson Group Projects


"Never Doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret mead

Your Leadership Wilson class will be selecting topics identified as major problems/issues/opportunities facing our county.  As leaders, you will want to address these topics and seek permanent solutions.

Project Outcome

Each team will define a project resulting in a tangible end product that will be completed by the end of the program year.  Additionally, at year-end, each team should be able to articulate the group leadership skills gained and applied, and the process used to complete the project.

Project Purposes

To provide opportunities for participants to obtain “hands-on” experiences and information about the community, and to channel their individual interests to promote positive change that enhances the lives and well-being of the citizens of Wilson County;

To provide an opportunity for class members to apply leadership skills and new information toward an end product;

To provide a continuing, small-group experience for class members; and

To provide an opportunity for class members to become involved with people in the community as collaborators in a common effort.

Project Criteria

Teams will have considerable latitude in choosing a project.  Projects should be, however, consistent with the general purposes and values of Leadership Wilson, and teams should choose an area new and challenging to most, if not all, members of the team.  Projects may not be solely religious in nature, have a primary purpose of soliciting funds for a community organization, or advocating for a partisan or non-partisan political purpose, or provide a direct benefit to an organization employing a team member or having a team member on its board. Projects should be original in nature or at least with a new twist.

The following criteria should be used to assess all project proposals:

Is the project oriented toward action on the study group’s part?

Does the project address a pressing need in the community?

Is the project well defined?

Can the project be completed by graduation?

Project Team Membership

Project teams will consist of six or seven people (five teams). Class members will be assigned to teams by Dorie.  Time, effort, energy, and creativity are the principal resources that the individuals will bring to these teams.

Approval and Accountability

By consensus, a proposal outlining the chosen project must be submitted to the Executive Director by December 31 or before.  The Director may ask for project updates at any time.

Project Ownership

All products become the property of Leadership Wilson, Inc. Copyrights or patents should be filed in the name of Leadership Wilson, Inc.

Publicity and Funding Issues

Any press releases, advertising copy, brochure designs or other promotional materials or publicity using Leadership Wilson’s name must be submitted for approval by the Executive Director in advance of their public use. Leadership Wilson does not fund projects. Teams are encouraged to design projects that do not require raising funds. Any fundraising (including in-kind requests or requests to team member’s employers) must be project related and must be cleared in advance with the Executive Director. Teams must not commit to spending money that is not secured.

Project Presentation

Project Teams will present their project at the annual Leadership Wilson Alumni Luncheon, held in late March.


Recreational Outlets in County for Youth

Newspaper Tabloid on Family Services

County Growth Impact Fees

Commercial Building Guide Book

Image of Education in Wilson County

Evaluation tool for Leadership Wilson Program


Parent to Parent Workshops

Helping Hands License Plate program

SRO Phone Crisis Line

Historical Driving Tour

Skills for Entry-level Jobs


Fund-raiser for Adult Reading Council

Web page Linking Towns

Welcome Sign for Lebanon

Research for a Juvenile Detention Center

Planning City Park in Mt. Juliet


[Requested projects from community]

Asset Building in Wilson County (CU)

First Wheels (DHS)

Emergency Housing for Homeless/Transients (Help Center)

Tracking GED Graduates (AEDC)

Assets for Youth in County (STARS)

Public Awareness Campaign for Youth Emergency Services (YES)


Bike Trails

Promotion of ARTRAIN Visit to Watertown

Disaster Relief Plan for Property Owners

Network of Social Services Agencies

Needs Assessment of Health and Social Services Agencies

Continuation of 1999’s Asset Building in Wilson County


Relocation Information on Website for Wilson County

Update Website for Wilson County Schools

Operation Job Fair

Directory of Important Numbers for Senior Citizens

Planted Trees at Schools in all three Municipalities


Quarterly Tourism Brochure/placemats with Events

Volunteer Fairs at local Businesses

Career Counseling in Schools; Chat with a Professional

Hispanic Awareness – CPR Classes in Spanish

Develop a Tri-chamber Beautification Foundation


Formed a Diabetes Support Group

Envision Wilson – Creating a Community Vision

Affordable Housing Brochure

Volunteers in Public Education (VIPe) – a talent pool for teachers

Power Point Presentation for Teen Court



Core Team – Provided Methodology and Support for Project

Health and Social Services



Business & Industry




Drive to Survive Video

Empower Me Daycamp – Fundraiser

Provided Safe Kids I. D. Kits

HelpSource – database of charitable and governmental agencies

Extreme Makeover at Youth Ranch



Speakers’ Directory

Adult Learning Center Addition

Assist Junior Achievement with Database

Business/school Partnerships

Handbook for Teen Lifeskills



Backpack Program for Watertown

Children’s and Teen’s areas at Lebanon Public Library

Express Wilson County: Get on Board

Benefit for HomeSafe

School Bullying


The Vial of Life

Play it Forward

Restoration of the Courthouse Clock

Recruitment of TN Technology Center in Wilson County

Wilson County Pet Finders


The IKE Program

Hope Builders – Brooks House

Awareness for the Community Help Cener

Book of Many Colors – PSA

MJ Senior Citizens Ctr.


Nivens Home for Veterans

Brooks House Fundraiser

Charis Health Center Awareness

Empower Me Daycamp

MJ Community Help Center


Power of One

College Fair for Students with Disability

911 Awareness

Homeless Students

Senior Needs


Get Fit Wilson – Health Fair

Move Across Wilson – Get Up, Get Fit, Get Healthy

Guiness Book of World Records – 100 Meter Relay


Drain the Vein – Blood Drive in all High Schools

Celebrating Beauty – Special Needs Beauty Pageant

Wilson County Help Quest – Database for Services

The Open Book Society – Adult Learning Center

Leadership Wilson Alumni Luncheon


Anti-Bullying Video

Wilson Vision – Feeding Hungry Children

Think Before You Press – Teen Texting

Volunteer Wilson

Jere’s Ride


Continuation of Jere’s Ride

Collegiate Connections Internship Fair

Live It Forward – Organ Donation

TN Achieves Mentor Program

Fill the Bus


Internships for WilsonCounty College Students

Bocce Ball Court for SpecialOlympics

Jere’s Ride

Empower Me Day Camp – Path to Freedom

Empower Me Day Camp - Grand Opening

National Jr High Rodeo Championship


Back Pack Program

Leadership Road Advisory Committee

High School Student Norms regarding drugs and drinking

Internship Wilson

Skilled Labor Workforce Forum


Help Center fundraiser at the CU Football game

   Adult Recreation – Elmer Elkins Softball Fields

  Sharing Change – increase awareness to sign up

   Suicide Prevention Hotline

      Books for Break – collect books for children


Adult Recreation - Elmer Elkins Funding

Wilson County Day of Kindness

Music and Memories at Tuckers Gap

Children’s Music

Internet Safety for Parents