Agents for Change Leadership Development Program

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Through a competitive selection process, Ivelisse Colón, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Orange County, has been chosen to participate in the 2021 Agents for Change Leadership Development Program. Ivelisse was chosen for her commitment to helping their community through their work for NC State Extension and her interest in developing her leadership capacity to address complex problems.

Ivelisse Colón, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension AgentSince January and for a year, the 2021 Agents for Change cohort will meet online monthly and apply what they learn to a project in their county of responsibility. Agents for Change was developed and will be facilitated by Dr. Katherine McKee, Department of Agricultural & Human Sciences, NC State University. Dr. McKee developed the program for early-career Extension Professionals because, “Extension professionals in their first several years can often see the big challenges their communities face but haven’t yet developed the leadership to identify the systems at work and motivate the key community members to enact lasting change that will benefit the entire community.”

Ivelisse has identified support from agencies/organizations for FCS educational programs addressing community needs as the focus of her project. She will use the adaptive leadership and systems thinking she will learn in Agents for Change to develop solutions that are specific to Orange County and that build on existing local programs and expertise. As Ivelisse works through their Agents for Change year, she may call on you to participate in developing solutions that meet the needs of your community.