Community Development Academy

Posted on August 15, 2003

[posted from Comm-Org]

Are you looking for state-of-the art, hands-on training in the field of community building?

The University of Missouri Community Development Extension Program offers a series of three courses called the Community Development Academy. Each of the three courses is an intensive, experiential, five-day course that explores ideas and develops practical skills for effectively involving and empowering local citizens and leaders in community-based efforts.

Course 1
Building Communities from the Grassroots, introduces participants to the basics of community development and deals with issues such as the purpose of community development, action planning and working with volunteers. The course also gives participants a practical experience in the state of Franklin that allows them to apply the skills acquired in the course.

Course 2
Empowering Communities for the Future, deals with the professional application of community-based development and topics ranging from Understanding the Local Economy, Local Food Systems and Governance and Civil Society. Participants also have the opportunity to apply knowledge from the course in the Bedford Falls Experience.

Course 3
Creating Capacity for Dynamic Communities, allows participants exposure to current concepts and methods in Community Development, as well as topics of Change, Ethics and Sustainability and Community Conflict and Intervention.

Courses 1 and 3 are being offered September 28 – October 3, 2003 at The Mercy Center, St. Louis, Missouri. Courses 1 and 2 are being offered March 21-26, 2004 at The Mercy Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

For additional course information and to register for Course 1 or 2, please visit the MU Conferences web site at:

Hurry! Enrollment is limited. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

If you have questions or would like to request a brochure, please phone (573) 882-6059 or e-mail

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