Helping Minnesotans make a difference
"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."
—John F. Kennedy
Through education and consultation, Extension's leadership and civic engagement (LCE) team helps communities and community groups come together, solve problems, make decisions and strengthen local leadership.
How we help
We offer programs and local training that help emerging, existing and elected leaders grow their skills, confidence and willingness to lead.
Leaders make better decisions when they consult community members who inform and support those decisions. We help public leaders engage their communities in public decisions.
Building trust and networks
Social capital describes the bonds, bridges and links that exist among people in a community. We offer workshops and an assessment tool that helps communities understand the value of trust and developing strong community networks.
Connecting community members
Through bridging programs, we help people learn about their area, build leadership and civic engagement skills and generate social capital to address community issues.
Our leadership and civic engagement programs deliver research-informed education to emerging and existing leaders that allow participants to learn, connect with others and practice skills.
Our programs are guided by these research-informed models.
Support for program alumni
"I will become more involved in my community. No more staying behind the scenes."
More than 2,000 people have participated in our leadership education programs. Extension is committed to the continued support of these program alumni and the difference leaders make in communities.
Events and webinars
2018 Community leadership series
April – October 2018
Expand your knowledge and skills of leadership and civic engagement topics while connecting with other community leaders. Register for one or more sessions. Session topics and registration information
Contact an educator
Community Vitality's regional educators help emerging, existing and elected community leaders grow their skills, confidence and willingness to lead through long-term cohort groups and local training sessions.