Project First Light

Each Leadership Development Academy of Rock County participant works with a small group of their fellow class members to plan and execute a collaborative project that addresses a community need. These projects and their results are presented each May and serve as the program's capstone experience.

Project First Light

First Light is a first responders’ crisis assistance program designed to aid police officers in Rock County, WI with a short-term intervention shelter and food voucher resource program that bridges the gap between community resources/agencies that either do not operate during late evening and early morning hours or are minimally staffed until the First Light of morning when more resources become available. This is a voucher program where police officers are responsible for assessing the emergency situation, determining eligibility, and providing the recipients with appropriate assistance based on their individual crisis. Police officers will work in tandem with fire and other emergency responders to facilitate the appropriate distribution of vouchers.

Team details

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Year completed

Team members & employers

Stephanie Bailey, City of Beloit/GBEDC
Nate Fuller, Rock County Historical Society
Julie Gietzel, Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Sgt. Bryan Hasse, Town of Beloit Police Department
Jenny Ryan, Applied Ecological Services