Civic Engagement Toolkit

Civic Engagement & Capacity-building Organizations

FOCUS St. Louis offers a significant number of programs and events with the opportunity to network while exploring regional community issues and concerns.

Learn more about our:

  • Leadership Programs - Take the next step in your leadership journey by applying for one of our six immersion programs.
  • Upcoming Events - FOCUS hosts community forums and discussions on regional issues throughout the year.
  • Membership - Join FOCUS and receive our biweekly newsletter and information about upcoming civic engagement opportunities and events in the region.

Below are additional organizations and resources for civic capacity-building in the region. Many are politically aligned; their inclusion here does not imply endorsement or partnership with FOCUS St. Louis.

University of Missouri Neighborhood Leadership Academy
Mission: Provides hands-on leadership training that emphasizes community building principles and strategies, project planning, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills. Check out their community toolkit.

New Leaders Council St. Louis
Mission: To support and equip diverse emerging leaders with the skills to build a progressive ecosystem that enacts social and political change.

Republican Leadership Initiative
Mission:  An intensive training program designed to bring Missouri's Republican volunteers and activists to the next level. 

Missouri Democrats Candidate Training
Mission: Providing finance and fundraising trainings to prepare candidates to run for office.

Sue Shear Institute's Pipeline to Public and Local Office
Mission: Nonpartisan effort designed to help women enter the political arena and hone career and management skills by working on grassroots issues and political campaigns.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Citizens Academy 
Mission: To offer an insider’s view into the day-to-day job of a St. Louis City Police Officer and further strengthen the bond between the department and the community.

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