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"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
We help community leaders make better decisions and design more effective meetings. We also teach leaders how to create stronger connections with other community members.
Leadership education helps communities grow their local leadership capacity.
Find 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.
How do you engage with the public? Find resources to help you increase public involvement, assist with meeting planning and facilitation, and make group decisions.
Listen to conversations on community-focused topics.
(9/9/2020) How is COVID-19 impacting tribal communities? Listen as we speak with tribal leader Beth Drost as she talks about the pandemic and her leadership journey.
(7/20/2020) How is COVID-19 impacting tribal communities? Listen to our conversation with tribal leader Robert Larsen as he talks about the pandemic and his leadership journey.
(7/15/2020) You may be dealing with new emotions as we transition to more social lives and lose daily patterns and routines. Listen as we discuss strategies to help overcome uncertainty.
(7/10/2020) Feeling overwhelmed or stressed due to the pandemic? Listen to our conversation on why we experience these feelings and ways to calm our minds.
Extension moderates community-focused conversations on Twitter. Find information on our upcoming chats below. View past conversations and get more details.
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.
Consult with us
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Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.