Category Archives: Individuals

Community Toolbox

Contact:  Work Group for Community Health and Development,

Description:  Millions of people use the Community Tool Box each year to get help taking action, teaching, and training others in organizing for community development. Dive in to find help assessing community needs and resources, addressing social determinants of health, engaging stakeholders, action planning, building leadership, improving cultural competency, planning an evaluation, and sustaining your efforts over time.


Keywords:  community organizing, facilitating, needs assessment, diversity

Target Audiences:  Individuals, Community, Elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals

Community Engagement Toolbox

Contact:  Walt Whitmer,

Description:  Effective community engagement seeks to better engage the community to achieve long-term and sustainable outcomes, processes, relationships, discourse, and decision-making in a community-context sensitive environment.  Engagement is not generally driven by a model so much as by a framework of guiding principles, strategies, and approaches. This framework is based on principles that respect the right of all community members to be informed, consulted, involved and empowered and employs and range of tools and strategies to ensure success.  It also places a premium on fostering and enhancing trust as a critical element in long-term, sustainable engagement and effective governance.

The tools and resources provided here are intended to help you assess your engagement needs, plan for effective strategies and processes, as well as implement and monitor your engagement efforts.


Keywords:  community engagement

Target Audiences:  Individuals, Community, Elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals

Best Practices for Outreach and Engagement to Latino Audiences using Community-Based Programs

Contact:  Liliana Vega,

Description:  The Latino community continues to grow at an increasing rate.  Latinos have become the “majority-minority,” and by 2043, minorities will be the majority in the U.S. with Latinos as the largest ethnic minority group.  The lack of targeted programming to ethnically diverse audiences is a growing concern for many organizations.  This article describes research-based strategies and best practices for providing culturally appropriate Extension programs to the Latino community.


Keywords:  Latino, Hispanic, Latino outreach, Latino programs, minority outreach, outreach & engagement, Latino youth development

Target Audiences:  Individuals,Community,Elected/appointed leaders, Extension professionals

The Language of Identity

Contact:  Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, University of Missouri,

Description:  Words can significantly impact our interaction with others. Regardless of our motive and intentions, they may harm or enhance dialogue. Learning about the most current terminology also encourages a more productive dialogue about diversity and inclusion. Use this guide to begin learning about inclusive language.


Keywords:  Diversity, language, word choice, bias, inclusion

Target Audiences:  Individuals, Extension professionals, community

Speak Up! Identifying and Confronting Bias and Prejudice

Contact:  Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, University of Missouri,

Description:  This nine page document provides some foundational guideance on confronting bias and prejudice.


Keywords:  diversity, language, word choice, bias, inclusion

Target Audiences:  individuals, Extension professionals, community

Guide to Facilitating Dialogues

Contact:  Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, University of Missouri,

Description:  Dialogue facilitators do not need to be experts on the topic being discussed. Good facilitators help establish a safe environment where participants can discuss complex and often emotionally-charged issues. Facilitators also help participants understand that the dialogue is a learning experience and not a forum for participants to voice their opinions without listening to others.  This short fact sheet provides some initial thoughts to guide a facilitator.


Keywords:  diversity, language, word choice, bias, inclusion

Target Audiences:  individuals, Extension professionals, community

Youth Development Academy


Steve Henness,

Alison Copeland,

Description:  The Youth Development Academy is a course taught by the University of Missouri Extension targeted at youth leaders, educators, community leaders, and coaches. After training, participants are able to:

  • Apply ages and stage of youth development,
  • Design experimental learning activities,
  • Create environments for positive relationships,
  • Plan and evaluate youth programs,
  • Embrace culture and divserity as assets,
  • Facilitate youth-adult partnerships,
  • Develop volunteer systems,
  • Manage risk to protect youth,
  • Build community partnerships


Keywords:  youth development

Target Audiences:  Individuals,Community,Extension professionals, youth leaders, anyone that is in management of youth development programs or train staff that work with youth

Turning the Tide on Poverty Community Circles Guide

Contact:  Rachel Welborn,

Description:  This discussion guide was produced by the Southern Rural Development Center in partnership with Everyday Democracy, The Kettering Foundation, and the Farm Foundation to help local communities talk about community revitalization. The guide is meant to be used by small, diverse groups of people (community circles) that meet five times to talk about ways to alleviate poverty. The guide has five community circle session outlines and is intended to move groups of interested citizens from talk to action. Community circles and the guide can provide a framework for discussions that will lead to concerns around racial divide in a more organic way.  Conversations on race relations are interwoven into the topic of poverty.


Keywords:  community conversations, poverty alleviation, race

Target Audiences:  individuals, community

See also Journal of the Community Development Society, Special Issue:  Turning the Tide on Poverty in this resource listing.

People Empowering People

Contact:  Cathy Love,

Description:  The UConn People Empowering People (PEP) program is a personal, family and leadership development program with a strong community focus. The goals of PEP are to help participants have a greater understanding of personal strengths, increase their communication skills, and increase their understanding of and involvement in the community. PEP is delivered by an Extension-trained facilitator through 2-hour weekly sessions for 10 weeks. The curriculum includes sessions on values, communication skills, problem solving, parenting, action planning, community assessment, and community issues or related topics. Following the formal training sessions, participants will complete an individual and/or group project(s) that benefits the community.


Keywords:  parent leadership, diversity

Target Audiences:  Individuals,Community