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Building Tomorrow's Leaders

North Dakota Schools can get involved in Building Tomorrow’s Leaders by providing this comprehensive leadership program to high school students.  This program aims to empower students to get involved, build confidence and skills, assist them in the development of personal and professional networks, and complete a project to meet a school or community need.  Eight modules are ready to use and include topics such as running effective meetings, leadership etiquette, managing conflict, running for office and career preparation.  Grant money is available for schools that participate from the ND Department of Public Instruction.  https://www.nd.gov/dpi/SchoolStaff/AS/buildtomorrowleaders/ 

For more information on program detail, see program brochure and watch the YouTube video (6.21 min).

Contact Macine Lukach at NDSU Extension for more information – macine.lukach@ndsu.edu or 1-701-256-2560.

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Lead Local

As an aspiring, elected or appointed leader serving on a board, council or committee, would you like to:
  • Feel better prepared to serve as an effective board, council or committee member?Lead Local
  • Recognize the components of an effective meeting?
  • Learn basic parliamentary procedure and how to use it?
  • Understand different personality styles and how people they can effectively work together?
  • Use effective tools when dealing with conflict?

If so, please consider bring Lead Local, an innovative, one-day, activity-based workshop to your community. 

For more information about Lead Local and to set one up in your town, please contact Jodi Bruns at 701-349-3249 ext 127 or

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ND Watershed Leadership Academy

ND Watershed Leadership Academy LogoSign up now for the North Dakota Watershed Leadership Academy, a locally delivered educational program to build participant’s skills and enhance their ability to lead watershed conservation and community-based projects that will protect water quality for future generations.  The two-day session of the Academy will be provided in Bismarck on January 17 and 31, 2018 at the ND Game and Fish Office, 100 N Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck from 9 AM to 4 PM each day.  A brochure with more information can be found here and registration online is at: https://bitly.com.np/8qdP4

Contact Bruce Schmidt at   or 701-328-9715 for more information.

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New Staff Member in the NDSU Extension Center for Community Vitality

Andrea Bowman has joined the NDSU Extension Service once again on a part-time basis with the Center for Community Vitality beginning January 3, 2017.  Andrea previously served as an NDSU Extension Agent in Bowman County. While there she was very involved with community and leadership development programs including coordinating an annual women’s leadership program, participating in the 18 month Rural Leadership North Dakota program, facilitating the delivery of the Rural Leadership Short Course in Bowman along with many other activities to help her county develop leaders.   

Andrea’s responsibilities will now be to provide leadership and civic engagement programs along with facilitation assistance to counties and communities in western North Dakota.  She specifically will be responsible for delivering or assisting with the Growing Leaders Short Course, Lead Local, Youth Lead Local, and the ND Watershed Leadership Academy.  The Center for Community Vitality received a grant to support the work that Andrea will be doing on a part-time basis for close to two years so we see it as a great opportunity to bring some added support for these programs in our state.

Andrea’s e-mail is  (andrea.bowman@ndsu.edu) and her phone number is 701-523-6239.

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