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Application for
the Class of 2016
now available!



Class Project Events:

Dare2Share - Burger Bash

Friday, March 27th @ 12PM

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

31912 LIttle Boston Road NE

Kingston, WA 98346

Come grab a burger, fries, and a drink for $6! Proceeds benefit Sharenet Food Bank.

Team SHINE – Health Fair & Bike Rodeo

Friday, March 27, 2015

Approximately 1:30PM-5:30PM

Orchard Heights Elementary

2288 Fircrest Dr SE

Port Orchard, WA 98366

Working with Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound to host a Health Fair and Bike Rodeo for nearly 70 kids. 

Save the Date:

Servant Leadership Discussion with Congressman Derek Kilmer

Thursday, May 7th @ 5:30PM

Kitsap Golf and Country Club

Leadership Kitsap Alumni Association

Spring Social

Wednesday, May 27th @ 5:00PM

Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill

Bremerton, WA


Community Sponsors

Challenge Day/Event Sponsors
Leadership Kitsap Sponsors sanchez, mitchell and eastman Law Office of Kenneth W Bagwell

Now Accepting Applications for Class of 2016!

Recruiting for the Class of 2016 is in full swing. The mission of Leadership Kitsap is to promote informed and committed civic volunteerism, creating a community with a diverse network of effective leaders educated in public policy issues and committed to serving as stewards.

"Leadership Kitsap’s providing me an opportunity to grow in a learning environment with other motivated people.  The training has helped me to understand my own strengths and how they work with those of my teammates.  Most of all I’ve enjoyed meeting with community leaders on our challenge days. "  - Robin Henderson LK15


I am a fortunate recipient of a 2015 Leadership Kitsap Scholarship and so grateful to be. The experience that I have been afforded so far this year has been inspiring, enlightening, and motivating. I have learned so much about Kitsap County and being able to serve my community through my team’s service project is exhilarating. Thanks to all who donate to this excellent program! – Dedra Miller LK15

If the program would benefit you or someone you think would benefit by the 10 month long program, email Kathy Nelson at exdir@leadershipkitsap.org . Applications are due April 15, 2015, and can be submitted here.

Jessie Palmer, President of the BoardMessage from the President:

As Leadership Kitsap embarks on its 20th year of service to the community, I am honored to serve as Board President. The need for future leaders to address community needs and maintain our quality of life remains as important today as it was twenty years ago. I am humbled by this opportunity to serve such a great organization that has played a part in shaping me as a leader.

I have been involved with Leadership Kitsap for seven years, starting as a class of 2008 graduate, followed by a year serving as a Project Co-chair, and most recently as a member of the Leadership Kitsap Board of Directors. During those years, I have seen our curriculum grow and evolve into the exceptional program that we offer today. I have also experienced the impact of our community service projects and how they have improved the quality of life for Kitsap County residents. The success of Leadership Kitsap is directly attributable to our dedicated Board of Directors, the generous support of community leaders and sponsors, and our outstanding class members.

I am excited for the new curriculum year and what is in store for the class of 2015. Thank you for your involvement and continued support of Leadership Kitsap. Here is to another great year!


Jessie Palmer

President of the Board

Leadership Kitsap Class of 2015 Community Service Projects

Team One– Aspire2Inspire
Diana Brink, Miah Davis, Gracie Johnson, Kelly Meade, Dedra Miller, Jim Mohr
The Aspire2Inspire Team is partnering with Q Youth Resources, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education, community, and a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. In conjunction with our partner, we are organizing Camp Q, a 3-day, 2-night leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth living in Kitsap and surrounding counties.  The retreat provides a supportive environment that empowers youth to embrace their individual potential and to improve their leadership skills and to network with other youth. The team’s goal is to create a youth leadership experience for the Q Center that can be sustained for future years as a permanent activity of the center.Camp dates are April 24-26, 2015 at YMCA Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor.Project Needs:  donations to help cover costs associated with staying at the YMCA camp, meals, snacks, and materials for activities.  Contact Jim Mohr at jimmohr1@yahoo.com for more information or to help.

Team Two – Dare2Share
Monica Bernhard, Trish Chargualaf, Russ Clithero, Pam Davis, Talia DeCoteau, Robin Henderson 
Dare2Share’s community partner is ShareNet Food Bank located in Kingston.

ShareNet provides the greater Kingston area with emergency food provision, screened emergency power and rental assistance for clients faced with shut off notices or eviction and a weekend take home food program for school children.

Dare2Share’s goal is to increase community awareness by holding a symposium, raise funds for capital improvements and replenish food supplies by holding food drives at local school athletic events. The Suquamish Tribe has awarded a $5,000 grant to ShareNet. A luncheon fundraiser is being planned in the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal community on Friday, March 27, 2015. Contact Pam Davis at pamenise3@gmail.com for more information or to help.

Team Three – SHINE (Sharing Hope In our Neighborhoods Everyday)
Cori Berg, Rick Feeney, Tim Maule, Deirdre McKeel, Kristy Yeadon, Mark Yergeau 
Team Shine, Sharing Hope In (our) Neighborhoods Everyday, has partnered with Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound.  Team SHINE is organizing two events. The first event is a Health and Safety Fair on March 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Orchard Heights Elementary located in Port Orchard.  There will be multiple health provider booths, games, a Zumba class, gardening workshop, and a bike rodeo.  Our second event will be hosted in May and will be a Dodgeball tournament, at Sidney Glen Elementary, featuring a playoff between law enforcement and fire district personnel.  Project Needs: assistance with some of the games and bike rodeo as well as set up and clean up. Contact Kristy Yeadon at kkyeadon@gmail.com or Mark Yergeau at myergeau@skfr.org for more information or to help.

Team Four – Team Decisive?
Chad Enright, Garrett Jackson, Andi Reed, Konnie Strom, Deborah Welsh, Marvin Young
Team Decisive? is partnering with Kitsap Foster Care Association (KFCA).  The team will be conducting a first-of-its-kind survey assessing Kitsap foster families, revamping the internet presence of KFCA, updating informational handouts, and hosting the annual Appreciation Dinner on May 20, 2015. Project Needs: help with web design, graphic design, some extra hands to work the Appreciation Dinner, and of course cash, in-kind donations, or other possible leads to funding sources.

Contact Garrett Jackson at g.jackson.brem@gmail.com for more information or to help.

Leadership Kitsap's Positive Impact on Kitsap County

For over 20 years, Leadership Kitsap service projects have helped to strengthen and transform the entire community. Each year, our service projects significantly impact the lives of thousands of Kitsap County residents.

Explore the positive impact of Leadership Kitsap service projects through our Community Impact Map.

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