The Signature Leadership Kitsap Class of 2024

(Best. Class. Ever!)

Focal Point

Autumn Baker, Erin Chung-Hoon, Chuck Cuzzetto, Logan Fink, Ebony Searles, and John Tapia

Commit 360

A main challenge for many teenagers when it comes to community involvement is not knowing where to start. Additionally, many teenagers close to graduation may be working jobs in their free time, and cannot afford the time devoted to extra-curricular activities. With Team Focal Point’s Spring Recreation Fair, we will bring the community resources directly to them. As our headliner there will be a basketball tournament hosted by Commit 360, to increase engagement, inspire attendance, and field-test our sponsor’s tournament idea in a smaller format. The rest of the fair will primarily be up to Team Focal Point to organize. The goal is to get community organizations from across Kitsap County that are involved with teenage youth to come together and broadcast their services to high schoolers. The fair will take place in May, close to the end of the school year, for maximum engagement and minimal downtime. Ideally, these resources would provide youth options for things such as sports, outdoor programs, Spring employment, advocacy, inclusion and places to meet like minded peers.

The Historians

Brandon Myers, Laura Westervelt, Karisha Stanley, Kendra Schaff, Jessica Rein, Tatiane Simons 

Kitsap History Museum
Goals:
  • Assist the Kitsap History Museum in creating building markers for 12 historic sites in Downtown Bremerton. Markers will include a QR code for participants to learn about the history of the building.
  • Create a map with an engaging activity card (Bingo, cross word, etc.) to be completed at each of the 12 sites.
  • Partner with local businesses for discounts on family-friendly products and services in exchange for completed activity board.
  • Facilitate a community kick-off event to raise awareness.
Benefit to the community:
  • · Provides a sustainable, free activity for families to spend quality time together outside,
  • · Creates on opportunity to engage with local businesses,
  • · Sparks curiosity to learn about the past and enrich our future.
Problem being addressed:

According to Gitnux’s blog on Family Time Statistics, 9 out of 10 American parents believe a strong family bond is fostered through shared experiences and family time however, the average American family spend only 37 minutes together per day engaging in quality activities.

NORTH STAR

Ana Cuprill Comas, Darci McGuire, Greg Nance, Justyn Purser, Kate Davis

Kitsap Public Health District

Purpose: Naloxone is an essential life saving device that empowers individuals, families, first responders, and communities to combat the growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths. With the ability to quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, naloxone has become an indispensable tool in the fight against this public health crisis. By making naloxone readily available to those who need it most, we can save countless lives and make our communities safer and healthier. Within the next nine months, our group aims to significantly increase access to free Naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdoses, educate community members on how to administer Naloxone, advertise the location of free Naloxone distribution boxes across the County, and maintain a steady supply to organizations hosting boxes on their property.

Description: Establish, supply, educate, and disseminate.

  • Establish additional locations of Naloxone public access distribution boxes throughout the community. Potential locations include: St. Vincent De Paul, Coffee Oasis, Bainbridge Island Helpline House, fire and police departments, and Kitsap Regional Library.
  • Supply Naloxone nasal spray boxes to each location through the State of WA Dept of Health Naloxone Program. Our team will assist groups to apply to the State of Washington nasal spray kit distribution program for their Naloxone supply.
  • Educate and train staff members at each distribution box location about Naloxone and overdose response instructions by connecting them to Kitsap Public Health trainers. Our team will also create a custom-generated Quick Response Code (QRC) linking to the Washington Department of Health’s instructions on how to request Naloxone or become a community distributor.
  • Disseminate the locations, QRC, and FAQ sheet to the community through platforms such as community partner websites, word of mouth, and social media and Naloxone locator website.

BLADE

Bob Morley, Lauren Goklani, Alysa Grimes, Darnell James-Gullette, Erinn Hale 

Kitsap Community Food and Cooperative (KCFC)

Create the framework for a quarterly cooking class, seasonally crafted and taught by local chefs.

  • Our local hospital, St. Michael Medical Center (SMMC), completed a community health needs assessment for 2023 and identified one of Kitsap County’s health priorities to be addressing ways to overcome food insecurities.  
  • DocLuvTheKids and the KCFC have long desired to create a class that connects the local community with locally-grown food and chefs. 
  • Targets families grappling with food insecurity. 

Sasquatch Squad

Danessa Gray, Anne Presson, Marty Grabill, Renee Sherdnik, Kara Nichols

Kitsap County Parks

Partnering with Kitsap County Parks, we plan to celebrate and revitalize our local parks through the relaunch of the Kitsap County Parks Passport Program. We will also work with Kitsap County Library to enhance the experience and encourage community participation. ​

The Kitsap County Parks Passport Program encourages individuals and families to explore our diverse parks system as well as provide resources and ideas for low to no cost activities available in Kitsap County. ​ 

The passport will focus on and highlight outdoor spaces where families can explore, imagine, play, communicate, have fun, build bonds, and create memories. We are hoping to create a resource that motivates families to adventure together with weekend ideas which are available to any income or social status level. 

Tatiane Simons

Olympic College

Marty Grabill

West Sound Utility District

Darci McGuire

Kitsap Community Resources

Renee Scherdnik

Kitsap County Public Works

Laura Westervelt

Kitsap County Public Health District

Karisha Stanley

Bremerton Housing Authority

Erinn Hale

Downtown Bremerton Association

Alysa Grimes

Bagwell Law, LLC

Ana Cuprill Comas

Kitsap Regional Library

Kara Nichols

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office

Chuck Cuzzetto

Kitsap County Parks Department

Logan Fink

Help Desk Cavalry

Anne Presson

Kitsap County Commissioners Office

Autumn Baker

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Brandon Myers

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office

Kate Davis

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Jessica Rein

Kitsap Credit Union

Dani Gray

Doug Berger & Olympic College

Darnell James-Gullette

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

John Tapia

West Sound Utility District

Kendra Schaff

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Ebony Searles

Bremerton Housing Authority

Lauren Goklani

St. Michael Medical Center

Justyn Purser

Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

Bob Morley

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue

Greg Nance

Run Far Foundation

Erin Chung-Hoon

Olympic College

Misty Tobin
Project Co-Chair

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue

Peter Tunis
Project Co-Chair

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

CLASS OF 2024 SCHEDULE

2023-2024 CHALLENGE DAY DATES

  • Orientation: Friday, August 18, 2023 @ 1pm (3hr)
  • Opening Retreat Positive Leadership: Introduction: Friday, September 8, 2023
    & Saturday, September 9, 2023 (Overnight, Seabeck Conference Center)
  • Local Government Authenticity: Friday, October 13, 2023
  • Optional LKAA Fall Social Tuesday October 17, 2023 @ 5:30pm
  • Projects Panel Friday October 20, 2023 (1hr)
  • Education Purpose: Friday, November 3, 2023
  • Economics Advocacy: Friday, December 1, 2023
  • Healthy Community Resilience: Friday, January 5, 2024
  • State Government: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (Trip to Olympia)
  • Law & Justice Community Building: Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Arts & Culture Reason: Friday, April 5, 2024
  • Environment & Planning Gratitude: Friday, May 3, 2024
  • Optional LKAA Spring Social Tuesday May 14, 2024 @ 5:30pm
  • Personal Reflections Conclusion: Thriving: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Graduation Ceremony: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 (Kiana Lodge, Poulsbo)

*Subject to Change with notice