Community Leadership

Blandin Foundation helps rural Minnesota leaders develop and enhance the skills, knowledge and relationships they need to build and sustain healthy communities.

Healthy community is a place to live where all people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual needs, work together for the common good, and participate in creating their future.

Since 1985, our leadership programs have trained over 7,000 leaders who reside in approximately 600 rural Minnesota communities.

We have been engaged with partners across the state in working with rural communities and leaders from all sectors to not only carry out training, but evolve our programs to reflect current rural developments and feedback from our participants.

Current and Upcoming Leadership Training

LEDC - Long Prairie

LEDC September 26 - November 14 Thunder Lodge

LPEP - Luverne

LPEP October 26 - May 10 Grand Prairie Events

BRCLP - Mille Lacs, Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux, Prairie Island, Shakopee

BRCLP October 30 - November 3

Benson KMS Area

BCLP January 29 - February 2

East Range Area

BCLP February 12 - 16

Chisago Lakes Area

BCLP February 26 - March 2

Winona Area

BCLP March 12 - 16

Lac qui Parle Area

BCLP April 9 - 13

Alexandria Area

BCLP April 23 - 27

From the Outposts Blog

Broadband is vital for upward mobility in rural, says Brookings report

Sep 06

Investing in quality education, 21st century technology (like broadband), and family planning are three promising areas that lead to opportunity in rural communities, finds a recently released Brookings report, Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside. Authors Eleanor Krause and Richard Reeves expand on Raj Chetty’s research on the rates of social mobility in rural places. […]

Healing Foundations Therapeutic Farm Offers a Fresh Approach to Youth Mental Health

Aug 31

For Mac McKinney’s son, there hadn’t been a program yet that had totally clicked. He had been working on his own with a therapist to help with his emotional and behavioral struggles, but had never engaged in group therapy. That was until Healing Foundations Therapeutic Farm opened its barn doors. “It’s a different approach to […]

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