The Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP) is pleased to announce the community projects selected for the class of 2018. MCLP is focused on impacting the community with an emphasis on servant leadership. The MCLP Class of 2018 will get a chance to apply their leadership skills through these community projects.
Teams will be working with the Bloomington Public Library, Heartland Head Start, Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation, University of Illinois Extension Food Forest, and Western Avenue Community Center this year. Though the organizations and their tasks differ, they all have the same goal: improving outreach to local communities.
• Bloomington Public Library’s mission is to provide our diverse community with a helpful and welcoming place that offers equal access to the world of ideas and information and supports lifelong learning. The project goal is to increase the awareness of library resources by building relationships and higher usage, and develop and plan for outreach and marketing.
• Heartland Head Start’s mission is to enhance the lives of children and families by providing a comprehensive child and family development program. The project goal is to develop a formalized program to recruit, train, and recognize volunteers and therefore utilizing skills effectively, tracking, and maintaining support.
• Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation’s mission is to provide support and resources for the people of our communities to improve their health. The project goal is to assist with assessments, programming development, and research to help the foundation implement a new camp whose focus is prevention for young asthma patients.
• University of Illinois Extension’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for rural and urban people through teaching, research, and outreach programs focusing on human activity, food, fiber, and natural resource systems. The project goal is to grow the community’s awareness of the U of I and the Town of Normal’s Food Forest by increasing volunteers, providing educational opportunities, and developing a plan for marketing and visitor management.
• Western Avenue Community Center’s mission is serving those in need by opening doors of hope and love through faith in Jesus Christ. The project goal is to build community visibility by identifying potential partnerships and supporters and researching sustainable funding sources.
MLCP invites the public to join us for the Midterm Project Presentations on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:30 – 10:45 a.m. at the Illinois State University Alumni Center to see the progress on these projects.