Leadership St. Pete® Class Project
Leadership St Pete® (LSP) selects a worthy candidate for an annual Class Project. The LSP Class Project has become a significant event in the nonprofit community over the past several years. LSP Class members provide planning, fund-raising, and physical labor to execute a facility improvement project for a local nonprofit each year. The last several Class Projects have exceeded cash-and-in-kind donation values of more than $25,000.00 each. While we can't predict the value of each year's Project, we can always count on the best efforts of three dozen energetic community leaders to make it a success.
Each class of Leadership St. Pete® (LSP) is responsible to make a difference in our community by working with a local nonprofit organization to further its goals in St. Petersburg. The Class Project generally takes the form of a physical facility improvement for the beneficiary organization.
The Class Project is intended to be a team building activity among class members and as such, it involves the entire class and provides opportunities for all to contribute to its success. The Class Project involves planning and fund-raising activities, and always culminates on Class Project Day, a single day on which the entire class gathers to complete the work.
Past Leadership St. Pete Class Projects:
Class of 2014:
- Beneficiary: Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- Project: The Class of 2014 is creating "Hope for Homeless Children" with the clients at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Class members cleared land and installed a playground and creative play area for children, created a Learning Center to accommodate student residents, provided quiet study and tutoring space and refurbished the Family Shelter entrance and dining area to create a more functional and home-like environment for the families served.
Class of 2013:
- Beneficiary: PARC
- Project: The Class of 2013 help to "Plant the Seed" with the clients at PARC giving them a garden area for them to grow vegetables to sell and consume. This gives them a revenue and activity. Class members raised over $20,000 for the project and completed it in the early part of May.
Class of 2012:
- Beneficiary: Resurrection House
- Project: The class created a state-of-the-art learning center, renovated a resident unit, built a deck and a new playground, and refurbished paths and planters throughout the campus. Class members were joined by residents of Florida Resurrection House and members of the LSP Planning Committee in bringing this much-needed project to fruition.
Class of 2011:
- Beneficiary: History Museum, St. Petersburg
- Project: "Bringing History into the Present” The class worked to rejuvenate the landscaping of the Museum which sits at the gateway to the St. Pete Pier, by improving the landscaping and bringing back the "Green Bench.” They also refurbished the gallery space and archive room, including upgrading the computer and network systems to improve access to the archives.
Class of 2010:
- Beneficiary: CASA, St. Petersburg
- Project: "Nuestra Casa es tu Casa (Our house is your house)” A complete overhaul of the main living areas of the CASA women and family shelter was undertaken by the class. New flooring, painting, furniture was given by the class. Toys and activities were donated for both the kids’ playroom and family room. The entire outdoor play area was cleaned up and landscaped to provide a safe area for play and supervision.
Class of 2009:
- Beneficiary: Louise Graham Regeneration Center, St. Petersburg.
- Project: "Regeneration Renovation.” Extensive renovations to the Louise Graham Regeneration Center included new carpet, paint, and furniture. Many Class members spent weeks prior to Project Day preparing for this hugely successful renovation.
Class of 2008:
- Beneficiary: Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum, Midtown St. Petersburg.
- Project: "Leaving a Legacy.” The Class leveraged donations and hard work to convert an empty field into a stunning Legacy Garden for the Museum to use as an event venue.
Class of 2007:
- Beneficiary: Mount Zion Children's Center, Midtown St. Petersburg.
- Project: "Small Kids, Big Dreams.” Extensive renovations to three classrooms, a teachers' lounge, and creation of an outdoor learning area complete with dinosaur pit and new landscaping.
Class of 2006:
- Beneficiary: YWCA of Tampa Bay, downtown St. Petersburg facility.
- Project: "Building Hope with Heart… at the YWCA.” Extensive renovations to three nurseries, two classrooms, and exterior landscaping. The work, which stretched over weeks and even past Project Day, included custom-built classroom tables, all-new décor, furnishings, computers and extensive landscaping.
Class of 2005:
- Beneficiaries: Ronald McDonald House and the St. Pete Free Clinic.
- Project: "Hands Across St Pete.” New furniture for 12 rooms in the Ronald McDonald house; also extensive renovations and new décor. The still-functional old furniture was donated to the Free Clinic, replacing deteriorated furniture in their Women's Shelter.
Class of 2004:
- Beneficiary: Brookwood residential facility for disadvantaged young women.
- Project: "Extreme Makeover.” Extensive renovations to bedrooms and common room, including new carpet, paint, curtains, lamps, linens and furniture. Many class members spent weeks prior to Project Day preparing for this hugely successful renovation.