Leading Communities

Register online here for Leading Communities in Delaware County


Community leadership is the process of bringing people together to create change for the good of the community.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County is excited to kick off a program to enhance community engagement and local involvement in addressing community issues. 

Registration is now open for a new community leadership program being taught by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Leading Communities: A Place-Based Leadership Program is an interactive community leadership program based on cutting edge community leadership research.  This leadership program is unique in that it is designed to simultaneously provide participants with community-based skills and meet the specific needs of the places in which they live and work. 

Community Development Specialists and Educators from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are using Leading Communities to work with community members to develop, increase and sustain the local leadership efforts that are necessary to address community issues.  The research based instructional materials are organized so that participants will learn core competencies and skills associated with community leadership and also be able to tailor the program to meet the particular needs of their community. 

The objectives of Leading Communities are to help community members:

  1. Understand the importance of community engagement.
  2. Learn four core competencies or skill sets associated with community leadership (understanding community leadership and your community; correctly identifying community issues and framing ideas; building social relationships and social capital; mobilizing resources for community action).
  3. Learn how to use tools relating to those core competencies to address community issues and opportunities.

Leading Communities will be taught during six sessions-March 25th, April 8th, Aril 22nd, May 6th , May 13th, and June 3rd  from 9:00-Noon with lunch provided at Noon.  Cost is $75. Educational materials are learner centered and structured to create a more collaborative learning environment that actively involves participants in their learning processes.  For more information on this innovative and new community leadership program, contact Jade Schneider at 563-927-4201 or jadeh@iastate.edu

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