Community Impact Projects

It’s about the process…

The Community and School Impact project component of the Leadership Wilkes-Barre experience is meant to serve several purposes. Classmates work together to design and execute a project that fulfills a community need. In doing so, participants utilize the leadership development skills they have learn throughout the year, while making a positive impact on their community.

Although Project Advisors provide guidance, these projects are participant-driven from beginning to end. Project groups brainstorm ideas at their first meeting and then work together to see it through.

Project groups are designed to make the process challenging. Participants must work through their differences of opinion, behavior and perspectives and find a common ground. Learning how to bring people together, despite these differences, in order accomplish something extraordinary is the true definition of Leadership.

Between the Core, Junior and Impact programs, Leadership Wilkes-Barre participants complete upwards of 40 projects a year, collaborating with other nonprofits, schools, government and community organizations.  After 38 years in the business, the ripple effect of these projects is vast, and the lessons learned invaluable.

Click below to see what our current classes are up to, and browse the map below for a visual of how LWB’s alumni have worked to improve their community throughout the years.

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Cove Commandos: Expanding the existing fishing creek at Patriots Cove for use by the local community, along with veterans, first responders, and their caregivers Patriots Cove currently serves.

The Kirby Crowd: Renovating the Martz Pavilion in Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre and creating a Wilkes-Barre Area historical timeline to be displayed in front of the pavilion.

LWB Trailblazers: Collaborating with the North Branch Land Trust to add comfort stations along the first three miles of the Seven Tubs Nature Area.

Tech for Success: Working with the Salvation Army’s Kirby House in Wilkes-Barre to create a safe and reliable technology space for the residents.

SHINE Through It All: Reach out to and have fun with disadvantaged children and show them that they matter. This group will collaborate with the SHINE program to host an activities day for the under-privileged children served by SHINE.

Shoot for the Starz: Raise money for NEPA Inclusice, a 501(c)(3) that helps to create and support inclusive and sustainable lives for people with disabilities. This group will assist in building a Smart Technology Hub, which will help educate people with disabilities on how to use smart devices to aid them in their daily lives.

Tailgate for Tots: Raise awareness, funds, and supplies for survivors of domestic violence through a tailgate tournament in the spring. Proceeds from the event will go toward the renovation of the toy room at the Domestic Violence Service Center.

The Book Wizards: The Magic of Reading: Work in accordance with the United Way in organizing a book drive benefiting disadvantaged students of area elementary schools to enrich themselves through the magic of reading.

Power for Pediatrics: Raise awareness and money for children at the Ronald McDonald House with a 5K Run/Walk in the spring. The group will use proceeds from the 5K to create care packages for children with illnesses at the Ronald McDonald House.

Team Eric: Raise awareness and money for Little Eric’s Foundation in order to support children and families facing childhood cancer. This group will host a mini-thon type event and all proceeds will go directly to the Foundation.

Everyone for Epilepsy: Promote epilepsy awareness by providing a family-friendly atmosphere in the “Kids Zone” at the Walk to End Epilepsy, and in turn, raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Candy’s Place World Cancer Day: Raise money for Candy’s Place through fundraising and conduct a successful event with vendors and speakers to spread the themes of empowerment, hope, and healing to the community.

Crestwood School District

  • Formation of a club for middle school girls where they can development leadership skills, learn to work more effectively with others, enhance their communication skills, and more clearly define their passions.
  • Improve in-school service for students with mental health issues.

Dallas School District

  • Design and host a school-wide Mindfulness Day. Students will learn how to implement Mindfulness strategies and techniques, and professionals from the area will be invited to share their expertise with students.

Diocese of Scranton

  • Initiate a STREAM program at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel.

Graham Academy

  • Develop a general American Sign Language communication book for new students to utilize.

Greater Nanticoke Area School District

  • Improve and expand upon a “Family Night” initiative for parents to gain insight and access to local resources, understand the variety of agencies, resources, and services beyond what the school has to offer parents and their children.
  • Create access to artists in the community. Make it possible for students to build connections with professional artists and more thoroughly explore the world of professional art.
  • Create a structured disciplinary matrix that will help create transparency between administration, faculty, and students.

Hanover Area School District

  • Partner with local businesses to implement a hygiene program and provide basics and supplies for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.

Hazleton Area School District

  • Develop a “buddy” program to pair 2nd grade students with students in Pre-K and Kindergarten. This will allow the older students to have the opportunity to be role models for the younger students and allow the younger students to feel more comfortable within the school.

Lake-Lehman School District

  • Expand on the existing summer food program to include more nutrition information and accessibility to food resources.

Luzerne County Head Start

  • Create a “Shared Resource Room” where teachers can swap items with other teachers. This way, teachers can work together or provide different materials for the children across the agency.

Northwest Area School District

  • Students will apply math and artistic skills to design, plan, and construct a quilt that represents Northwest Ranger Pride and subject areas.
  • Clean-up and beautification of an outdoor patio area in front of the high school. Teachers will then be able to use the completed area as an outdoor classroom, for special occasions, and/or a backdrop for school photos.

Wilkes-Barre Area School District

  • Collaborate with Wilkes-Barre CTC to build and install a handicap ramp at the entrance of the high school.
  • Initiate a safety incentive to help staff and students increase safety awareness through an influx of guest speakers.

Wyoming Area School District

  • Form a coalition that will provide technology expertise in real time to the students of Wyoming Area. Students will hear directly from the professionals regarding responsibilities and skill requirements.

Wyoming Valley West School District

  • Create a communal STEM Resource binder for any teacher in grades K-5 to use each month of the school year.
  • Create a Makerspace in the library to be used by students as the STEM program evolves, eventually to be used by all teachers in the building.

How much of an impact has Leadership Wilkes-Barre had on NEPA? Take a look at our interactive Project Map to see!

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