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University students available to help community groups

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The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) provides applied research assistance to community-based groups outside the Twin Cities Metro Area. The research and technical needs of community organizations are matched with the support of talented students. The idea is simple: get the resources of a great University working with communities to address the significant issues facing the people of Minnesota. CAP projects typically place students in a community defined and directed part time research assistantship for one semester or over the summer. Students are selected by and report to the community organization. Throughout the project students are supported by a community supervisor, faculty and community mentors.

Eligible organizations include community groups, organizations, and local governments in Greater Minnesota (plus outer suburbs in the Twin Cities) and projects that would serve the entire state. Many different types of projects can be funded. Visit for more info.

There is also a new fund to support CAP students working on Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) projects, the Mary Page Community-University Fund, is available beginning Spring of 2015. The Partnerships connect greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota through projects in sustainable agriculture and local food, natural resources, tourism and resilient communities, and clean energy. There are five Regional Partnerships (Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest) and a statewide RSDP office.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a project idea, please contact Jeff Corn (612-625-0744,

Opportunity: At Your Service Train-the-Trainer Event

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How does your community do at welcoming people to its businesses and amenities?

University of Minnesota Extension's Tourism Center provides At Your Service, a curriculum that individuals can bring back into their communities that provides customer service training, tips for effective interactions, and ideas for tailoring the content to your workforce.

  • When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota
  • Cost: $459 - includes lunch and curriculum materials for you to deliver the workshop in your community or workplace
  • Register: Tourism center website

Learn: Snow Cards Technique

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We here in Leadership and Civic Engagement are in the process of creating some online videos of small tips and tools that can benefit anyone doing leadership or civic engagement work. We recently completed our first batch and would like to share them with you. This is the fifth video in an initial group of five. Check out our archives to see those that came before and thanks to those who have been checking them out each week!

If you have an additional 2 minutes to offer us some feedback on this video, we would appreciate it as we plan to create more online content that meets your needs.

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