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Community Coaching for Grassroots Action:

Community Coaching for Grassroots Action is designed to help communities build leadership capacity among their residents. The model takes a “guide on the side” approach, with Extension Specialists and County Educators supporting community members as they create a vision, build consensus, identify strategies, and develop the social capital required for community-based progress toward sustainable prosperity.

The Community Coaching program can function in conjunction with the Idaho Community Review process ( UI Extension faculty members coach community leaders and action committees as they execute plans in the months following the Review. Extension personnel introduce leadership training mid-stream in the process as needed, in a “just-in-time” training model. More information is available from Lorie Higgins, Download a brochure about the Community Coaching for Grassroots Action program. Community Coaching for Grassroots Action evolved out of the University of Idaho Extension Horizons program, funded by the Northwest Area Foundation from 2003-2011. More information at

Leadership to Make a Difference Institute:

A leadership development model of on-site training being piloted in north central Idaho. The training is designed to assist people in developing confidence in their own leadership abilities and the courage to take action addressing poverty through:

  • greater understanding of self, others, and community

  • strengthened skills for leading meetings, working with others, and dealing with conflict

  • strategies for communicating, partnering, and fundraising within communities

  • development of a personal leadership plan and strategies for implementing new ideas in current community work

For more information, contact Kathee Tifft,

Increasing knowledge of Extension among community leaders
Leadership development—board training for better governance
Idaho's Journey prepares UI Extension for more inclusive programming
Community members ready to make a difference in Kamiah
Extension focuses on community building to end poverty
Students experience new twist to leadership with simulation
Building better boards
Leadership retreat helps rural youth set goals and plan for the future
iIdaho's Journey learning experience