Leadership & Civic Engagement

Community Leadership Program

Confident, skilled and knowledgeable leaders are needed to inspire, lead and foster dynamic and viable organizations and communities in Indiana. Purdue Extension’s Community Leadership Program is a locally hosted leadership development course for adults who want to make a difference in their communities. Through this series of interactive modules, participants develop their own leadership capacity and learn about the people, organizations and institutions that make up their communities and how they can engage in serving their communities more deeply.

cgkkehektumdl1xbbu_p_g.jpgPurdue Extension’s Community Leadership Program is an 11-module leadership development training program hosted by county Extension Educators, facilitated by trained Purdue Extension staff and built on research-based curriculum. The program can complement existing community leadership development efforts in Indiana or foster new leadership development in communities where no programming currently exists.

The Purdue Extension Community Leadership Program is an intensive county-based program for individuals who want to improve their local communities by getting more involved in local nonprofit boards, government committees and other volunteer efforts. While there are many individuals in a community whoare willing to give their time and talents to serve the needs of others, sometimes they lack the connections, skills or confidence to take on leadership roles. This program helps prepare them.

Program skill-building session topics include communication, conflict management, working across cultural differences, serving on nonprofit boards. Community focused sessions focus on local government, health, education, economic development and more!

To learn more about Purdue Extension’s Community Leadership Development Program, contact:

Kris Parker
Community Development Regional Educator


Serving on Nonprofit Boards

This is a three-hour, in-person workshop designed to inform community members about their roles and responsibilities as volunteers on nonprofit boards. The program covers the phases of the Board Development Cycle, focusing on board member recruitment, engagement, and renewal. Community members with a variety of board experiences—from novices to seasoned volunteers--will learn from each other during this interactive workshop.

Managing Conflict

In this 3-hour workshop, participants learn about their own conflict styles, the different types of conflicts, and strategies to diffuse high-heat situations.

Running for Office

In this 90-minute workshop offered in partnership with the county clerk, participants gain an understanding the process of filing to run for elected office. They have a chance to connect with election officials and party leaders, and build an appreciation of the importance of running an ethical campaign. Contact Kayla Wright, knwright@purdue.edu, for more information.

Your County Data Snapshot

Purdue Extension has prepared extensive data profile reports for each county in Indiana. Local educators can offer a 60-minute presentation to walk through the report with your group and give some context and comparison for some of the data points.

Leading Better Meetings

Participants in this customizable workshop learn about meeting management roles and best practices for setting an agenda and tangible objectives. Additional components can include meeting logistics and structure as well as basic facilitation skills.

Leading Better Virtual Meetings

In this 90-minute webinar, participants will gain tips and resources for leading participatory meetings online.

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