Class Projects

Each class undertakes a significant project to meet a need, based on an organizational or community issue. The class contributes time and energy to one or more projects and hands-on community service projects are often the focus.  The project experience helps to prepare participants for future leadership activities by creating a sense of collective efficacy, e.g. “Together, we can make a difference.”

Class projects provide participants with an opportunity to practice team leadership, project planning and group management skills, while enabling participants to develop stronger relationships with their fellow class members.

Over the years, Leadership Douglas County has touched the lives of hundreds of people in Douglas County.

Here is a sampling of previous projects:


SECORCares – The 2019 Leadership Douglas County (LDC) class collaborated to reduce the number of hungry Douglas County students who go without food on the weekends. LDC partnered with SECOR Cares on their Food for Thought program, which provides bags of food for students in need. Bags are delivered to schools each week for students to discreetly pick up in the office, or elsewhere, and take home to their families for the weekend.
The project involved several components, including volunteering at SECOR, updating their Food for Thought website, as well as marketing and fundraising for the program.


Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures -The Class of 2018 constructed bridges at this DCSD facility in Larkspur to provide access to all campers.


911 Monument – The Class of 2017 obtained a piece of steel from Ground Zero and erected a monument honoring first responders and those who perished on 9/11.


Praying Hands Ranch II – The Class of 2016 chose to support Praying Hands Ranches. Their partnership with the organization helped to expand the “Victory for Veterans” program, serving those with combat-related incidents. The class built a fence with accessible gates, along with garden planter boxes used in activities to help rehabilitate wounded veterans.

PHR TKU newsletter  Click here to read an article published by Praying Hands Ranch.

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Prior Years

Douglas Elbert Task Force (2015)provided furnishings for remodeling of client services area.


AED Project for Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (2014)— purchased

20141211_0734403 AEDs for patrol cars, doubling the number of cars with equipment, and providing officers—often the first responders to remote areas of Douglas County—  with faster access to the lifesaving device.

Oakwood Senior Apartments/Castle Rock (2014) –remodeled Community Room

Y.E.S.S. Suicide Prevention Program Fundraising (2013) – raised over $25,000.

Military/Vets Employment Expo (2012)

Open Space Project (2011)

Human Needs Assessment for Douglas County (2010-white paper)

Established the LDC Alumni Association and (LDCAA-2009)

Oral History Project for the Douglas County Libraries (2008) – Recorded the oral histories of nine Douglas County citizens for the archives of the Douglas County History Research.  Nine two-member teams captured on tape the recounted stories of our community’s history as told by local residents. The oral histories documented the growth and changes that occurred during the twentieth-century that impacted our county’s schools, art & architecture, economics, ranching & agriculture, open space, fire departments, homesteads, and law enforcement. Recorded interviews and transcripts are preserved by archivists at the Douglas County History Research Center and are available online.

Comfort Closet (2007) – Solicited donations, purchased a wood and glass cabinet and filled it with items that long-term patients might enjoy: blankets, DVD player, walkman, spiritual books, etc. Housed the closet at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Sky Ridge committed to replenish the closet as needed.

Youth Leadership Douglas County (2006)

Bronze LDC Alumni Plaque– in Douglas County building  IMG_1948

Women’s Crisis Center Fundraising – Raised $10,000