The Legacy Project

Purpose of the Legacy Project

  • To give class members a real-world opportunity to use their new leadership skills and strengthen their bonds with other class members.
  • To leave a long-lasting, positive benefit to the community.
  • To strengthen Leadership San Luis Obispo and its long-term viability.

Essential Elements of a good Legacy Project

  • Direct community benefit (not a community benefit through another non-profit)
  • Uses the skills and talents of all of the class members; there’s a role for everyone.
  • Is an active project involving hands-on effort; not just fund raising.
  • Is fun and enjoyable for class members!

What isn’t acceptable as a Legacy Project

  • A project that’s political or controversial.
  • A project that’s a fundraiser for another non-profit.
  • A project that excludes any class member.

The Legacy Project approval process

The LSLO Foundation Board of Directors has delegated approval of Legacy Project proposals to Chamber president/CEO Dave Garth. As projects are considered, informal discussions with Dave are recommended. When a final proposal is ready, it should be submitted to Dave in writing before any work begins.

Previous Legacy Projects

Class I: Focused on recruiting a class for the following year and keeping LSLO alive.Class II: No project.

Class III: No project.

Class IV: Did thousands of hours of community service in the community. They created a community service legacy list.

Class V: Built the first wall at Wonder Valley.

Class VI: Created a fund that funded a Leadership SLO scholarship for the next 5 years.

Class VII: Printed Leadership SLO logo t-shirts for sale as a fundraiser for the program.

Class VIII: Produced a video about Leadership SLO that could be used to help find sponsors and recruit for the program.

Class IX: Coordinated the first Leadership Alumni Mixer and the first Alumni award.

Class X: Took on a three-weekend clean-up/fix-up/paint-up of an old restored Victorian home on Pismo Street, which houses youth who are runaways, or in rehab, or other tough circumstances. They performed minor repairs, painted, put in new landscaping, installed new appliances (stove and fridge), and other touch-ups just to make it more of a home away from their original homes…and in this case, a better home that would put them on a new path after they left.

Class XI: Set up the Foundation for the ongoing Leadership SLO Endowment, they held several fundraiser to create the start up fund.

Class XII: Re-created the second wall at Wonder Valley.

Class XIII: Focused on Literacy. They collected used books to donate to several organizations including Prado Day Center and the EOC. They raised money to buy new books for the Library. They developed and printed a Children’s coloring book that told the history of SLO County. Classmates also volunteered to go into classrooms to read to kids and distribute the books.

Class XIV: Had three projects. First they planted trees at Damon Garcia Sports Complex. Second, they built the new Santa’s House. And third, they coordinated a leadership day for high school students at Hearst Castle.

Class XV: Worked on restoring the Healing Garden at Transitions Mental Health’s Growing Grounds out off of Johnson. They restored the garden and gazebo as well as built three mosaic benches.

Class XVI: Worked on redoing the Tiny Tigers Preschool at San Luis Obispo High School. This included landscaping, moving trash dumpsters to behind the preschool, created a gate for the area, moved the old shed and got a new shed for storage, overhauled the sandbox and created a cover, put in a new sink for the kids.  They focused most of their work on the entrance of the preschool.

Class XVII: Worked on the hiking/mountain biking trail out at the Johnson Ranch, located within the City of SLO. They worked on building the trail, coordinated workdays,  developed the interpretive signage, etc.

Class XVIII: Worked with the three Rotary Clubs in the City of San Luis Obispo to establish/enhance community gardens.

Class XIX: Created an outdoor classroom environment for the toddlers at the Child Development Center