A significant component of the LA Program is a small team project focusing on service, teamwork, and collaboration. These projects provide participants the opportunity to make a difference in the community. They also serve as a training ground for solving complex issues by providing opportunities for experimentation and practice, as well as exposure to different perspectives from team members. Themes and topics vary from year to year, with project partnerships solicited from an array of community organizations.
Below are details on the nine community organizations we are partnered with for the 36th class of Leadership Asheville:
Established in 1973, Asheville GreenWorks inspires, and mobilizes individuals and communities to take action to care for the places we love to live. With thousands of volunteers, we engage the community in grassroots projects such as tree plantings, urban agriculture, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste-reduction education, creation of green spaces, care and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.
Buncombe County Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP)
The Community Health Improvement Process or CHIP, brings together many diverse partners to improve the health of our community. They align their efforts and support each other for greater collective impact on the priorities identified through the Buncombe County Community Health Assessment.
Buncombe County Schools Foundation
The BCS Foundation has chosen the implementation of The Leader in Me as a major initiative to help our schools in Buncombe County. This initiative is based on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. We feel strongly that leadership and character development are important skill sets that must be taught as early as elementary school. Our job, as the Foundation, is to raise funds to support this program in our schools. However, our other challenge is specific to raising awareness in our community. Most people have heard of the Stephen Covey and his book, yet most do not know there is a school-age program tied directly to the 7 habits and currently being implemented in our schools.
Bounty and Soul
Bounty and Soul is a non-profit organization creating healthier communities by providing fresh healthy food, nutrition literacy and health & wellness resources. We are committed to developing a cooperative model that can be used in communities where food insecurity and malnutrition exist.
Carolina Public Press
Carolina Public Press provides nonpartisan, in-depth and investigative news on some of the top public policy issues facing our communities – from health care to education, from the environment to politics. These issues are often overlooked and under-reported, and our reporting aims to provide residents with fact-based and context-rich news they need to take action in their own communities.
Green Opportunities (GO) offers a combination of technical training, life skills training, industry-recognized credentials, and personalized support services to unemployed and under-employed residents of Asheville and Buncombe County. Our training and employment programs empower our members to overcome both personal and systemic barriers to employment.
Homeward Bound of WNC is a nonprofit agency working in Buncombe and Henderson counties. We end homelessness by moving people into permanent housing and providing the support that they need to stay there. Our mission is working with others to end the cycle of homelessness.
Irene Wortham Center
The Irene Wortham Center provides comprehensive, quality residential and day services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and/or socioeconomic challenges.
T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating
T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, founded in 2004 and located in the heart of Asheville, is a support network for individuals and families, health care providers, educators, and the general public. T.H.E. Center is the only nonprofit in North Carolina serving thousands through community and professional outreach and education, advocacy, resource development and referral, a lending library, and support groups. Our group of community members and professionals work together to provide support and resources for individuals and families affected by disordered eating.