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Become a Community-Engaged Leader

November 19, 2014

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This article is sponsored by the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. The Staley School has partnered with Points of Light, the premier organization in the United States dedicated to service and civic engagement, to offer an innovative new certificate program in Community-Engaged Leadership. The program is available to individuals across the country who are dedicated to making positive changes within their communities. This one-year program, with both academic credit and noncredit options, is designed for undergraduate students, adult learners, working professionals, and national service alums.

If you are looking for a flexible program to guide your growth as a civic leader, explore the new community leadership program with Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership Studies. The Staley School is working with Points of Light to offer a Community-Engaged Leadership Certificate. Since 1997, the Staley School has fulfilled its mission of “developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world.” Thanks to this new partnership with Points of Light, individuals across the country, and not just in Kansas, will be able to grow as civic leaders, in their own communities.

The program is a one-year, virtual certificate program designed to develop individuals interested in connecting with and serving their community. In as few as 12 credit-hours, you’ll have the chance to create and implement a hands-on service project about an issue you care about. You’ll then work with community advisors to mobilize local community members and organizations to effect positive change. By the end of the program, you will be better able to raise the visibility of community members and organizations and solve the complex challenges affecting your neighborhoods, cities, regions, and beyond.

Many AmeriCorps Alums have continued growing as civic leaders with the support of The Staley School. AmeriCorps and Staley School alum Logan Jones, says

The opportunities provided during my time at Kansas State University helped me discover that I wanted to work in a field to better my life as well as the lives of those I worked with and lived with. My path toward becoming a civic leader began with Kansas State and yours could too.

Logan Jones

Logan Jones

The passion for service Logan developed at Kansas State led to the next step in his public service with AmeriCorps.  With encouragement from K-State faculty, Logan applied for and was accepted into the AmeriCorps NCCC program where he served alongside a team of ten 18-24 year olds. They helped a farm build sustainable agricultural practices in Baltimore, spent 11 weeks as wildland firefighters at the Great Dismal and Okefenokee Swamps, tutored at an adult GED center in Camden, NJ and constructed a nature/fitness trail near Annapolis.

After serving in another AmeriCorps National program, Logan found his next chance to grow as a civic leader in Colorado. He now works with WorkLife Partnership, a nonprofit employee retention model that works to assist employees to get to work, stay at work, and be productive at work. Logan says that “without the knowledge and skills I gained from The Staley School of Leadership at Kansas State University and AmeriCorps, I would not be where I am today.”

Logan during his AmeriCorps service

Logan during his AmeriCorps year

After serving in AmeriCorps, Logan realized his commitment to community wasn’t, and never will be, over. There is always work to be done and knowledge to gain in whatever sector your skills lend themselves to. The new certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership offered through Points of Light and the Staley School of Leadership Studies is a great opportunity to keep developing as a leader.

Join individuals across the country to gain the skills and resources you need to make a positive impact on issues you care about in your own community—enroll in The Staley School of Leadership Studies’ new certificate program in Community-Engaged Leadership.

Start your application today! To learn more, visit our website, or connect with our academic advisor, Lori Kniffin, or 785.532.6085.





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