The Leadership Shelby County (LSC) groups have decided their upcoming projects.

LSC is a Shelby County Chamber of Commerce class that helps students network and build professionalism skills. The class meets monthly, where the chamber staff provides them with a presentation on a topic or a networking event.

Students also are split into three groups based on a personality test they take at the beginning of the course. The groups then plan, organize and execute a community project. The course runs from August to April.

Last year’s groups placed fitness equipment along a mile-stretch of the Blue River Trail, created care packages for the Animal Shelter, and did landscaping/clean-up work at the fairgrounds. These projects were all successfully executed.

This year’s groups will install a disc golf course at Sunset Park, create a diaper pantry for Shelby County parents, and compile a list of community resources for the Shelby County Tourism website.

TSN will cover each of the groups’ projects in more depth as the planning and execution process takes place.

The goal of the projects is to create a long-lasting impact on the community. As an example, the first LSC class created the basis for what would become the Blue River Community Foundation.

LSC has had more than 500 students since its creation in 1988. It was originally its own program, but stopped for a few years until it was taken over by the Chamber in 2015. It’s now coordinated by Stephanie Duerstock.

This year’s class has 23 students. The program is capped at 25.

The class lasts eight months and ends in April with a graduation at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, where students receive a plaque recognizing the completion of the course.

The projects are expected to be completed by graduation.