Developing leaders and community capacity

photo: participants engage in a group activity to learn collaboration concepts Community Development Academy

Evaluation research shows the Community Development Program leadership trainings put on by MU Extension produce engaged, new, and diverse rural and urban leaders.

  • On average, each local program conducted in the last three to five years resulted in 10 community projects.
  • Last year, MU Extension's Community Development Program played a pivotal role in the development and delivery of 28 community leadership development programs.
  • More than 400 participants in programs reported taking on new leadership roles.

Within three months of graduation, St. Louis Neighborhood Leadership Academy participants have shared updates on their community projects, demonstrating their successful application of learning by engaging others, forming a new organization, creating budgets and forming collaborations and coalitions.

In Saline County, the SALT leadership program fellows are doing remarkable things — including hiring a new director of the Chamber of Commerce, running 5Ks and half marathons, starting a community development corporation for minorities, and planning a Bob Jones jazz festival for Saline County.