Class Projects

  • Great Northwest Day at the Capitol – A regional effort that began in 2003 to influence legislation that will benefit all of Northwest Missouri. Class members from the classes of 2001, 2002 and 2003 were involved with the creation of this initiative.
    Goals and Objectives

    • Vehicle for Northwest Missouri to meet face-to-face with Legislators.
    • Set priorities as a region.
    • React to legislation impacting Northwest Missouri.
    • Emphasize Northwest Missouri as a region while highlighting participating communities.
    • Create collaboration and communication throughout the entire northwest region.
  • Community Storm Siren Project – Class of 2004 – Assistance offered to help Northwest Missouri communities acquire sirens for outside alarm systems.
    • Brought $93,153 in USDA grant monies into our region.
    • Thirteen communities have participated in this project with twelve qualifying for USDA monies and one partnering with an energy provider to install storm sirens in their community.
    • Being replicated in Northeast Missouri.
  • Culture of Character – Class of 2005 – Promote the Culture of Character Program, Partners Achieving Character Excellence (PACE), throughout the Northwest Missouri region.
    • Goal of the program is to create a culture at school, in the workplace, in the community and in the home where character building is the norm and not the exception.
    • Twelve character traits are affirmed, one per month, within the schools and community.
    • “Character Education is not another thing to add to the plate…it is the plate!”
  • Track Legislation from Great Northwest Day Issues – Class of 2006 – Nearly every member of the Class of 2006 was involved with Great Northwest Day at the Capitol in some capacity through planning, participating, or general support of the efforts.
    • Realizing the potential benefits for our region through these efforts, class members elected representatives to assist the Great Northwest Issues Committee with determining specific and pertinent issues to present to legislators during the Great Northwest Day at the Capitol event. These representatives participated or served as facilitators at the Regional Legislative Issues Forum.
    • Follow-up throughout the year by tracking bills related to the Great Northwest Day issues.
    • Made follow-up visits with our legislators.
    • Reported results at the end of the legislative session. Through the process of contacting legislators, the Missouri Quality Jobs and Enhanced Enterprise Zone bill was passed by the Missouri House. “Together we made a difference!”
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – Class of 2007 – Assistance with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County.
    • The “Bridgebuilders” decided to do their part to “bridge” the gap for kids in our communities that need positive role models.
    • They helped raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County by participating as teams in their “Bowl for Kids Sake.”
    • Four teams were sponsored and a total of $1,747 was raised.
  • Development and Distribution of an emPower Plant Promotional DVD – Class of 2008 – This class was the first class to experience the emPower Plant process at their new facility. Their project focused on developing a DVD promoting the emPower Plant program:
    • To provide additional awareness of the emPowerU facility, program and outcomes of the emPower Plant process.
    • To encourage regional schools currently not participating to begin participating.
  • Connect Northwest! Community Challenge Leadership Award – Class of 2009 – Key concept for the project is that smaller communities with a “can do” attitude be recognized for their efforts.
    • Community efforts that CHALLENGE attitudes of complacency, ENABLE others in their communities to take action, INSPIRE other communities to take action and MODEL actions of successful people.
    • As part of the recognition, the organization recognized is required to share their expertise, insights, and “do’s and don’ts” with another community. This is the “Pay it Forward” concept that was a cornerstone to the Class of 2009’s vision.
    • The inaugural Connect Northwest! Community Challenge Leadership Award 2010 was presented to Seeds of Hope Community Garden, Community Services, Inc. of Worth County.  In 2011 the award was presented to Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri.
  • “What’s Happening in Northwest Missouri” – Class of 2015
    • Created a Facebook group where we can share the events and great things going on in our communities with our friends and family.
    • Public group – the public can see what we are posting but you must be a member to post.
    • The Leadership Northwest Missouri Class of 2015 would like to invite all LNWMO Alumni to participate in these postings. Our hope is that anytime you are at an event, you can share the fun things your community has to offer.
    • Be sure to share events before they happen so we can share the love! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1044836142266173
  • “Born To Soar” Alumni Gathering – Class of 2016 – An event to inspire, motivate, and connect with other Alumni to keep the passion for Leadership Northwest Missouri alive.
    • Event took place on October 22, 2016 at the Benton Club in St. Joseph.
    • Attendees included LNWMO Alumni and their spouse/significant other.
    • Dr. Tim Crowley provided motivational words to everyone in attendance.
    • No expenses were incurred by LNWMO.
    • This will be an annual event with a rotating committee to sustain its existence.