Get Engaged is a new MSU Extension program for people interested in learning how to get involved and make a difference in their community. The program provides valuable training on the skills needed to be an active community member while giving participants hands-on practice by walking them through a planning process for a local engagement effort.

WHEN: This program will be held at Mid Michigan Community College. The program will take place on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. beginning Friday, April 6. Program dates are:

Friday, April 6
Friday, April 13
Friday, April 20
Friday, April 27
Friday, May 4
Friday, May 11

Participation in ALL sessions is expected. 


Declining civic engagement has been well-documented across the country. The summer 2017 Michigan Public Policy Survey conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy found that most local leaders in Michigan believe their jurisdictions offer “a great deal” of opportunities for citizen engagement, but report low and declining levels of engagement. Additionally, 77% of local leaders believe most of their citizens are not willing to take the time to become informed on issues facing their community, and 69% report that most citizens they hear from are more interested in complaining than in finding solutions.

The Get Engaged curriculum is designed to reinforce key skills that are important to civic engagement while helping participants practice putting those skills to use through a facilitated planning process. This program aims to:

  • Help residents understand the local decision-making process and how to participate in it.
  • Give residents the tools to communicate effectively on public issues.
  • Empower residents to find creative solutions to local problems and how to build community support.
  • Explore the variety of ways an individual or group can engage in their community.


What does engagement look like? - Learn what engaging local government outside of public meetings looks like.

Understanding Local Government Finance - Understand the role of local finances in decision-making, and how finances impact the issue you’re passionate about.

Don’t Wait for the Public Hearing - Examine the local decision-making process and identify ways to engage in the process before it reaches a public hearing or a vote.

Which Decision-Makers Do We Need to Engage? - Learn how to figure out who has authority to deal with your issue.

How to Build Grassroots Efforts - Discover strategies for gaining community support around your issue.

Sharing Your Plan for Engagement - Present your group's engagement plan.


$125 per person

Cancellations received after April 2 will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

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Individual Registration

Registration for Get Engaged! A Guide to Getting Involved in Your Community - Mid-Michigan is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 30, 2018.

There are 20 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Eric Walcott, MSU Extension Government and Public Policy Specialist, at 517-353-9106 or walcott3@anr.msu.edu