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Extension salutes recent graduates of McLeod for Tomorrow leadership program

McLeod for Tomorrow class of 2020 participants
McLeod for Tomorrow class of 2020 (photo taken prior to COVID-19)

In McLeod County, 22 participants have graduated from the McLeod for Tomorrow program. McLeod for Tomorrow is a leadership training program that is shaping McLeod County’s future by connecting communities and developing leaders. Catherine Rasmussen is the lead educator for McLeod for Tomorrow.

Over the past decade, this program has empowered community change. McLeod for Tomorrow is a powerful example of Margaret Meade’s well-known quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

McLeod for Tomorrow has been operating since 2007. The program is sponsored by a non-profit organization. Over 265 graduates have participated in the McLeod for Tomorrow program, many of whom are serving local boards, businesses, non-profit organizations, committees and government.

Extension provides alumni programming to all graduates of Extension leadership programs. Christy Kallevig, alumni program leader, notes that this alumni network seeks to create mutual benefit. "Leaders in Minnesota's communities are making a difference, and we want to continue to be there to provide education and support. More importantly, these community leaders can be there for each other, sharing ideas and solving problems together."

Highlights from the class of 2020

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