"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."— John F. Kennedy
Extension is in the business of growing leaders and strengthening leadership. We believe that sound leadership will create a better future for Minnesota. See what we have to offer.
Ways Extension can help
For your community
Find educational resources below that include articles, podcasts and videos to help strengthen leadership skills and community engagement.
Is your community willing to invest in its future? Take our assessment and discover your community's leadership strengths and priorities.
Social capital is the glue that holds communities together. Learn about building trust and basic ways to grow it every day.
How do charismatic leaders impact communities? Learn how the relationship between them and their followers offers key insights to experienced and future community leaders.
News and insights
Explore our community news and insights page for current topics on leadership and civic engagement.
(8/4/22) What does it mean to be an ally? Learn how you can support marginalized communities.
(5/26/22) How are you doing — really? Your mental health and well-being are essentially your internal bandwidth. Learn how you can check that signal.
(1/31/22) Lengthy report discussions can leave little agenda time to move from old to new business. Learn strategies to help your meetings be more effective.
(12/27/21) As educators, we read a lot. Check out our recommendations for five books that have influenced our discussions during the year.
Listen to conversations on community-focused topics.
(8/17/21) Hear our conversation with Brenda Child about the legacy of boarding schools and its impact on tribal land, American Indian education, and more.
(7/2/21) Listen as we talk to Dustin Burnette who shares his leadership journey and efforts to create an Indigenous immersion network.
(6/8/21) Listen as we talk with Sarah Agaton Howes as she shares stories about resilience, heartache and perseverance.
(4/6/21) Join us for a conversation with Dr. Anton Treuer. Listen as he shares stories about resiliency and how it has influenced his leadership journey.
For program alumni
"I will become more involved in my community. No more staying behind the scenes."— Tina Swanson, Emerging Leadership Program, 2016
Extension strengthens the leadership and civic engagement skills of community members across Minnesota. Our educators have guided thousands of participants through their leadership journey.
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