Each Leadership Mendocino member completes a Community Project or joins a Board of Directors for a local organization as part of their program commitment to give back to the community. Leadership Mendocino Alumni have founded groundbreaking new programs, worked towards systems change, increased local philanthropy and investment, and made a community impact by employing their compassion and leadership skills by serving on a Board.
Click below to learn about SOME of the community projects our graduates have completed or are currently working on:
The Executive Director Leadership Institute was designed by Class 26 graduates to support new nonprofit leaders in learning leadership skills, networking, and growing our community together.
Nonprofits in Mendocino County have unique struggles and new executives need a wide array of skills to succeed, especially with the number of organizations experiencing leadership turnover due to founding or long-time directors retiring. The Institute fills a critical need, helping with the transition of leadership that will determine the nature of Mendocino County’s nonprofit landscape in the future.
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North Coast Opportunities’ Caring Kitchen Project and Leadership Mendocino partnered to launch Growing Our Own, a youth economic and leadership development volunteer opportunity providing job skills training, career exploration, and mentoring for teens at the Caring Kitchen facilities at the Mendocino College in Ukiah.
For 11 weeks, the teens prepared meals for clients, worked in the garden, listened to speakers from various professional backgrounds, sampled new foods, and recieved exclusive tours of the Nursing and Physical Therapy Assistant departments at Mendocino College. The project culminated in a celebration where the teens prepared healthy treats for eachother and recieved a certificate of completion as well as a copy of the new cookbook.
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What started out as a weekly, recreational, Tuesday after-work bike ride – among co-workers at North Coast Opportunities – through the vineyards in Talmage has blossomed into a three-day journey to San Francisco to raise money for bike infrastructure in Mendocino County and raise awareness of the joy of the ride.
The money they raised was used to build three bike stations throughout the county – one in Ukiah, one on the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail and one in Willits. The fix-it stations have all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. There are hanger arms to mount the bikes and tools that are securely attached with a cable and tamper-proof fasteners.
LM Graduates have taken the 20-week training with Project Sanctuary, resulting in California State certification as a Crisis Counselor for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Upon certification, graduates are equipped and eligible to answer Project Sanctuary's crisis line.
Alumni are currently serving or have served as a Board Member for the following organizations as part of their Leadership Mendocino project:
Community Foundation of Mendocino County
Economic Development & Finance Corporation
Mendocino College Foundation
North Coast Opportunities
School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education (S.P.A.C.E.)Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op