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Creating Whole Communities brings together the training and technical assistance expertise of MU Extension and the University of Missouri–St. Louis to support community development practitioners, leaders, and residents.

Creating Whole Communities looks to support organizational capacity building and leadership development through in-person training, written resource guides, and networking with training alumni. CWC’s training is rooted in a core set of community building principles. Work towards a whole community is community-driven, based on community assets, is collaborative across sectors and demonstrates collaborative problem solving, supports the development of civic leadership and strengthens formal and informal community institutions, and develops strategies that are comprehensive in nature and sustainable.

  • Are you a Missouri resident who has an idea for a project in your neighborhood? Looking for a network of community advocates? Seeking strategies for effective community engagement? You might be interested in Neighborhood Leadership Academy!

  • Are you a St. Louis Promise Zone resident interested in making equitable systems level policy change in the region? Are you interested in serving on a board, commission, or in elected office? You might be interested in Neighborhood Leadership Fellows!

  • Wanting to partner with CWC to offer training? Training Information

  • Wanting to find informational print resources such as guide sheets and toolkits on community building topics? Access resources

Events and Training

Neighborhood Leadership Academy registration now open! Apply by August 31!

What's New?

Connect with neighborhood leaders in your communities using the  interactive Neighborhood Leadership Alumni map.

Search a robust collection of community development trainings on MO Community LAB.

NLA awards 20 mini-grants ($46,805) for residents to launch self-developed neighborhood initiatives. Learn more.



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