As part of the five-month program, participants work on Action Plans designed to improve or enhance some aspect of local community life. These Action Plans are intended to provide the framework to allow for real-world changes in the community. Through interviews, surveys, and research, the teams develop a program rationale, a set of measurable objectives, a needs assessment, a proposed budget, a timeline, suggestions for community collaborations, and a promotional packet. The final projects are presented on the last day of the program as part of the graduation ceremony. The action plans are modeled on the master’s projects that Sierra Nevada College students produce as part of the M.Ed. in Leadership program. Producing an action plan prepares a team to implement a good idea, in a short period of time, with a realistic budget, through the cooperation and support of the local community. These action plans are a roadmap to effective change.
2015 Action Plans
To protect the Tahoe 4th of July tradition and reduce the footprint of the celebrations, we heard a call to action: To provide trash bags at Tahoe beaches to contain trash and to provide cigarette cones to dispose of dirty cigarette butts. This program organizes volunteers and develops educational materials to inspire a culture of caretaking across residents and visitors over the 4th of July holiday.
The Reside Guide is a web portal for living in North Tahoe and Truckee. It is a comprehensive regional online resource that includes regional issues such as recreation, transportation, housing; regional calendar; local knowledge; and how to get involved.
The directory was created to gather and help disseminate information about all nonprofit organizations in our area. It is the only one-stop website where locals can find the most up to date and comprehensive database of nonprofit organizations. Residents can research events, community based resources, health and social services as well as donation, volunteer and employment opportunities. This free online hub also provides nonprofit organizations a way to advertise their services.
The primary function of businesses in the tourism industry is to serve people, and the importance of employee training and development can’t be overstated, because every job, from dishwashers to managers to owners, affects the guest experience. We ARE Tahoe is the only FREE virtual one-stop training program designed to educate, engage, and empower frontline staff to remain updated about current information, area resources and events, while providing customer service staff training and positive messaging. Join us today to increase your bottom-line and grow the local North Lake Tahoe and Truckee economies.
Every 2nd Counts is a support program to bridge the gap between visitors and non-profits serving the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee area. Based on community need, our program fosters re-purposing of unwanted non-perishable food and clothing by collaborating with local property management companies and businesses creating a less wasteful and positive environment.
Our project is to create a community needs assessment for a local makerspace within the Tahoe-Truckee region and to facilitate and plan a fundraiser/tool drive event.
2014 Action Plans
This project looked into providing free access to bikes and helmets in order to make the Truckee Bike Park more accessible to local youth.
Shop North Tahoe Truckee is a branding and awareness campaign that promotes shopping locally to help grow North Lake Tahoe and Truckee business volumes year round. The program will create business and consumer buy-in through stickers and marketing. This will provide education and ultimately influence spending decisions and habits.
Clothesline Tahoe is a community outreach program aimed at educating users on saving energy and valuable resources by promoting the use of clotheslines rather than drying machines in the region. Hang-drying laundry saves money, consumes less energy, makes homes safer, and prolongs the life of clothing.
Xeriscape 101 is a movement to raise awareness of landscaping strategies that can be implemented as part of a more comprehensive water conservation plan in response to the drought.
Truckee-Tahoe Official Work Net is a trusted, non-profit source for actual work, whether it is someone that needs their driveway shoveled, a mural painted, a civil engineer, an assistant or a pilot to fly them to San Francisco. For a nominal fee, TTOWN connects people who want to work and get paid with employers who want to treat people fairly and get a job done well!
Tahoe Mountain Food Co-Op is an affordable, membership-based Co-Op grocery store that brings, locally farmed, sustainable produced food to the North Lake Tahoe community. We are able to offer lower prices to our members for exceptional quality food because our members work a short monthly shift in return for a 15% discount.
Past Action Plans
Tame the Flame
This project was designed for North Tahoe area homeowners and renters to gain better understanding of homefire prevention practices.
Tahoe Food Hub
The Tahoe Food Hub will bring organic food from small producers within 150-miles and make it available for wholesale distribution in North Lake Tahoe.
Professionals of Truckee-Tahoe
PTT will provide professionals in the area with the chance to network, connect with the community, learn about local career opportunities, and to build new friendships.
The Tahoe Mind
The Tahoe Mind is a project dedicated to helping diversify the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Community by providing mentoring resources to entrepreneurs looking to develop and expand businesses in the Tahoe Region that are not solely tourist dependant.
Professional Housing Solutions
PH Solutions is a project designed to strengthen the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Community by providing a vital link between unused second homes and the hard to find repsonsible, professional tenant.
Arts for the Heart
This project outlines the need for and idea of a fundraising program for North Lake Tahoe arts programs.
The Health Indicators Project pertaining to Awareness and Participation in Cancer Programs is a study to determine what the special needs are of cancer patients and families in the surrounding community, how can the community become informed, and if interested, how can they participate
The Marketing Toolkit
The Marketing Toolkit Workshop is a seminar to be given with the goal of providing educational material and in-sight for “Maximizing Marketing Efficiency for Your Small Business.”
Walkability Assessment North Tahoe-Truckee
This report will display the value of walking and walkability and report on information gathered at public workshops, local government and master plan guidelines and various websites that led to our development of the Walkability Assessment in North Tahoe Truckee (WANTT) tool.
Compost Group Paper
This project presents a first-step solution to the challenge of informing the general public about how to compost and why compost in the Tahoe Region.
Tahoe Truckee Experiment
The goal of this project was to research methods to create and manage a resource for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe community members to turn to for civic awareness.
Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project
In any community, decisions that impact residents, businesses, and visitors, can at best, be controversial, and at worst, divisive. The goal of this project was to use one such issue and its related public meetings as an opportunity to assess the methods of communication, and as a case study to provide recommendations for future such projects in the area.
Sustainability Made Simple
This program is designed to educate and influence North Tahoe and Truckee residents and visitors to take steps to keep the local wildlife, resources, and environment healthy and thriving via Shots of Sustainability.
North Lake Tahoe Community Garden
Project is to develop a fruit and vegetable garden within the Kings Beach community which will create opportunities for social gathering, beautification, education and recreation.