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Do you find yourself guiding or coaching community groups? If so, consider registering for the Community Coaching Learning Circle. Purdue Extension Community Development is offering a professional development opportunity for individuals interested in honing their community coaching skills. Through participating in this learning community, you will: Increase your knowledge of the principles and practices of …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension     Community Boards of Directors are tasked with many responsibilities, from creating a mission statement to raising funds in support of that mission. As fiduciaries of an organization, they are stewards of the public trust and must make decisions that are in its best interest. …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension When I speak to community leaders throughout Indiana as part of Purdue Extension’s Community Leadership Program, I will often ask participants about their experiences serving on local boards. One question that I like to ask is if they have ever served on a community board that …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension “My board started doing this a year ago, and we will NEVER go back to running meetings the old way.” “I love it. Our meetings are much more efficient now.” “I’m definitely going to bring this up to my board. We need to do this.” These …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension I can’t resist a good presentation graphic. Whenever I find an illustration that nicely captures a thought, theme, or theory, I’m all over it. Of all the graphics that I use within Purdue Extension, this one is near the top of my list: The Board Development …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension Anywhere from 30-50% of you reading this column may often identify with this situation:  You are driving home from a community board or committee meeting, or perhaps you just clicked the red “Leave Meeting” button in Zoom, when you suddenly think of what you really wanted …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension As an instructor for the Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing program, one of my favorite things to do is ask participants to share a memorable takeaway from the class. Often, what sticks with them are the various “insider tips” that they hear about during the two-day …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension Purdue Extension recently surveyed over 350 board, council, and committee members throughout the state to better respond to their training needs. These volunteers lead Extension-affiliated organizations such as county extension boards, 4-H councils, and Master Gardener boards. One of the survey questions asked respondents to identify …
This year has given all community development educators a reason to tune into the expertise of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). Registration is now open for EDEN’s virtual Annual Meeting scheduled for Sept. 22-25, 2020. And, according to its organizers Abby Lillpop and Cheyanne Geideman, you’re not going to want to miss what Extension professionals …
~by Melinda Grismer, Community Development Specialist, Purdue Center for Regional Development A Latino Health Needs & Workforce Assessment study has launched in Clinton County as a collaboration between the Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC), the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) at West Lafayette, Purdue Polytechnic, the Learning …