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Leadership North Houston Class completes service learning project

August 16, 2011

HOUSTON – The members of the Leadership North Houston class 16 turned their service project into more than just a task to fulfill an obligation, it was a chance to make a difference.

Members of Leadership North Houston are challenged with the program goals to develop an increased knowledge of themselves and their leadership styles to better serve their current organizations and communities. They are also asked to make a difference in the community and to instill that desire in others.

With that challenge, co-chairs David Crume and Carol Hadley met with Bambi Alderson-Shields, learning center coordinator for Northwest Assistant
Ministries, to see where they could best assist.  “I told Bambi that if she didn’t ask for the moon, then we would never get off the ground,” said Hadley.

They came up with the lofty goal of transforming a rarely-used classroom in the NAM Learning Center into a resource for other members of the community. The students built out the space, added computers, painted walls, built bookshelvesand added decorative accents to the room.  The project was completed within a few months time.

Painted on the wall is one of the slogans of the LNH class, “‘Footprints in History aren’t made by walking alone.’ Alderson-Shields said
she feels it is an appropriate quote for both NAM and LNH.

“They exceeded my expectations and I cannot be any more pleased by the work they did for the Learning Center clients,” said Alderson-Shields.

“We are extremely grateful that this year’s LNH class chose NAM for their community service project,” said Carole Little, president and chief executive officer of NAM. “The creation of the Career Development and Resource library far exceeded our expectations and will serve as a wonderful community resource to folks in the community that are searching for employment and/or the skills necessary to gain employment.”

Many of the participants said they got more out of it than they put into the project. “Leadership North Houston afforded me the honor of participating in a community project that was bigger than myself and my business,” said David Crume. “Knowing that through the simple donation of time and energy I am able to touch the lives of so many is amazing.”

Leadership North Houston is the region’s premier resource for community-based leadership development and civic education.  The purpose is to develop leaders from all sectors of the community that are effective, knowledgeable, and engaged. LNH was formed in 1995 when several area chambers of commerce and the Lone StarCollege System partnered together to meet the need for a leadership program in the north Houston area.  For more information contact Kay Fitzsimons, director of Community Leadership Institute for Lone Star College System at 832-813-6623
or kay.l.fitzsimons@lonestar.edu.

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