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:

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

  2. Does the project address a pressing need in the community?

  3. Is the project well defined?

  4. 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

        VISION 2015
        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