Register Now for “Becoming an Engaged Neighbor” Class Starting Oct. 11

  • Published: Friday, Sept. 10, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- MU Extension specialists will begin offering the third cohort of the "Becoming an Engaged Neighbor” class online statewide starting October 11. 

David Burton, county engagement specialist for MU Extension and a nationally recognized voice in the neighboring movement, will be lead instructor for the class.

The goal of the class is to train community opinion leaders about what it means to be a good neighbor and to then take action locally in their own neighborhood.

The class has six weekly sessions. Students will receive a class syllabus each week with links to videos to watch before class.

Class discussion will take place through Zoom (at times that best for class members). Attendees will receive a high-quality printed resource of information and ideas. 

As part of the class, students will be asked to plan a local neighborhood project on paper.  Graduates will have opportunities for future training and events and access to local grants.

Registration must be done online and can be found by searching for the course name at

You can directly access the class description and registration links online at

“There is a lot to learn when it comes to neighboring,” said Burton. “We also know the best way to learn is to practice. Developing neighbor relationships is a low and slow process. It takes time. But it can begin with you having an attitude of hospitality.”

The six class sessions make use of materials from both MU Extension and other program partners like The Hopeful Neighborhood and The Neighboring Movement. Ideas developed with Asset-Based Community Development are also presented to deepen the study and to help the class appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Neighboring is the art and skill of building relationships with the people who live in the closest proximity to you. Being a good neighbor offers tremendous health benefits, leads to reductions in crime, reduces loneliness, improves communities, and improves your quality of life.

University of Missouri Extension is at the forefront of a national movement that recognizes the importance of neighboring in community development. MU Extension is offering classes like "Neighboring 101" and "Becoming an Engaged Neighbor" along with two annual neighboring events as a way to raise awareness and encourage others to focus on neighbors.

To learn more about our "Engaged Neighbor" program or the impact of neighboring, go online to or contact David Burton by email [email protected] or telephone at (417) 881-8909. "Becoming an Engaged Neighbor" can also be found on Facebook.

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