Communities can get training on “Building Social Capital: Connecting Newcomers
and Locals to Strengthen Community”
Idaho is the one of the fastest growing states in U.S, growing at twice the national average. An average of 30,000 new residents move to Idaho each year. That’s a lot of new neighbors!
How does a community assist those that have recently moved in to become engaged, feel at home and connected to this new place? A community with ample social capital will be able to do just that as they make newcomers feel connected and welcome. The central foundation of social capital is that the connections among people add value to a society. The Horizons Program will be holding a free training called “Building Social Capital: Connecting Newcomers and Locals to strengthen Community” on January 15th at the Super 8 Motel in Grangeville. The session will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During this one day training, Lynette Flage, North Dakota State University Community Leadership Specialist, will teach Horizons community members the value of making connections between “newcomers” and “locals” and how to begin strengthening their community through social capital. Lynette Flage is currently the Horizons Project Director in North Dakota and is working on her doctorate at North Dakota State University. Her areas of research interest include social capital and women in leadership. Lynette has been a community builder even before she became involved with Horizons in 2202. Lynette has worked as a Technology Specialist for the North Dakota State University Extension Service and has worked with rural communities to develop their electronic commerce.
This training is open and free at no cost to all horizons communities; Cascade, Riggins, Grangeville, Cottonwood, Kooskia, Stites, Pierce, Weippe, Kamiah and Orofino as well as to other interested individuals who share a desire to improve their community through building social capital. Persons interested in attending should register with Idaho Horizons. Please contact Program Assistant Meri Joswiak email@example.com, 208-885-8949 by Jan 12th to reserve your space.