Congratulations to our Leadership Mobile Class of 2019 Graduates
On September 5th our class of 40 leaders presented their projects focused on seven different areas studied throughout the year. Many thanks to Class Dean Chandra Brown for successfully stewarding them through their year. Below are the project descriptions and several opportunities for YOU to get involved in the positive change these leaders are making in our community!
Arts & Culture
The Arts and Culture Team is supporting Mobile Public Library’s ongoing efforts to bring arts and culture learning to children at the youngest age. The team unveiled their “Bright Beginnings” Program which will provide over 2700 children a year at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital a tote bag, a copy of The Little Caterpillar, a brochure detailing arts and cultural opportunities within the city and a voucher for a library card.
Did you know that nearly 2 million of Alabama’s 4.8 million population lives in or near a food desert? The Community Development Team is creating an Urban Food Forest in the City of Mobile along Three-Mile Creek to help address the lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables by providing free food in “food desert” communities that can be sustained year after year. Initial groundbreaking is planned for this fall. Donate to their GoFundMe and be a part of history here.
The Education Team partnered with Mobile County Public Schools to highlight the incredible work within the academically focused, career centered signature academies housed in Mobile’s 12 area high schools. A video overviewof the Academies was created to showcase the opportunities available at each school, along with a virtual tour to highlight the aesthetic features of each location. The intent of this project is to create an opportunity for potential students, parents, and community stakeholders to interact with these programs.
The Environment Team used the Litterati app to help aggregate litter data in our area. The team held a Litter War between Murphy and Theodore high schools from September 5 to September 11th. Murphy High School had 325 students pickup 13,993 pieces of litter. Theodore High School had 226 students pickup 13,165 pieces of litter. As the winner, Murphy High School will receive $2500, a school jean day and bragging rights. The best part? You can start your own team on the app and start picking up TODAY!
In an effort to determine how to be more proactive in preventing gun violence, our Government Team is partnering with the MPD Office of Strategic Initiatives. The OSI has recently created a team focused on victims’ rights education and community engagement. The team is collaborating with Faith In Action Alabama, a state-wide faith-based organization with a focus on gun violence, as well as 3 Circle Church in midtown to create community classrooms and target gun violence in that area. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
Health & Wellness Team
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12th for the Change Maker Challenge. Our Leadership Mobile Class of 2019 Community Health team is working with Victory Health Partners to hold a gym-sampling event @ 10 am in Mardi Gras Park. Admission is $25 and provides the opportunity to sample workouts from Mission Fitness, JH CrossFit, Studio Fitness, Crew Fitness and Glow Yoga. Each $25 will translate into $750 worth of medical coverage at Victory for the 19,000 uninsured patients throughout the area. Signup for the event here.
The Economic Development team is working to survey the employees on Route 43 to pinpoint their transportation needs and to determine if they can help the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission find a suitable partner for ride-share and/or demand-response facilitators for public transportation. This data will be utilized in advance of a Mobile Area Transit System Feasibility Study which will be commissioned in late 2019.