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Connecting Arkansas and its LeadersConnect AR

Arkansas needs more leaders - it's that simple. Our civic organizations are withering away and dying because no one wants to step-up and be "the leader." Because there are fewer people who are able to take on leadership positions, many of our established committees are dealing with nonstop conflict and group productivity is at an all-time low.

In recent years, the United States has gone through many social changes. Beginning in the 1960's Americans began to join less, trust less, give less and vote less. Since then, church attendance is down, involvement in community life is down, and participation in clubs and civic organizations is down as well.

Arkansas has a history of strong ties among neighbors. For many years, Arkansans have seen how community infrastructure has been built upon the strengths and abilities of the individuals who live within their towns. But because of demographic and economic changes, many of our residents are suffering from a lack of civic mindedness. This lack of community support has placed a strain on the development of leaders. That's why the Cooperative Extension Service has created the ConnectAR Program.

ConnectAR curriculum has been specifically created for the lay-leaders and future leaders of our communities. It will help maximize the skills of Arkansas residents by revealing their strengths. Participants of ConnectAR programs will learn ways to positively impact their community, as well as how to communicate effectively, inspire trust and cooperation, manage conflict, cope with criticism, identify & adapt to new challenges, and much more.

If you would like more information on ConnectAR programming, please contact your local County Extension Agent.

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University of Arkansas • Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2301 South University Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 • USA
Phone (501) 671-2000 • Fax (501) 671-2209