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What is the purpose of the Institute for Community Partnerships?

The purpose of the Institute for Community Partnerships is to further nonprofit and public agencies opportunity to communicate, collaborate, and build capacity to address community needs.

Who can participate?

This initiative is open to nonprofit and public agencies that are community partners with the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement.

Why is there an application process?

To maximize the experience for all participants the class size is limited to 10-12 individuals.

Why is there a cost associated with this endeavor?

The $200 fee associated with this program covers the once-a-month sessions for eight months, which includes the following:

  • lunch for each session
  • all materials
  • leadership assessment
  • leadership coaching
  • recognition of completion

Is the fee per person or per organization? 

The fee is per person. You are welcome to have more than one person from your organization apply, but the cost is on a per person basis.

When is the deadline to submit an application?

Applications are due no later than August 20, 2021. Fees are non-refundable. Individuals will receive notification about their application the week of August 23.

When is the fee due? 

The program fee of $200 is due by September 3, 2021. Fees are non-refundable.

What changes, if any, will be made to the program due to the health pandemic?

The limited class size is in accordance with current CDC guidelines; however, the program will utilize a hybrid approach during this health pandemic. This will be a combination of both in-person and virtual participation. When meeting in-person attendees will be reminded and encouraged to follow current CDC guidelines.

I would like to participate but cannot afford to at this time. Are there other options?

At this time we do not have additional options.

We are currently a community partner with the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement, but are unable to participate. Will this effect our status as a community partner?

No. This program has no bearing on your affiliation with our office or the benefits you receive as a community partner. This is simply another avenue for community partners to cultivate and strengthen collective resources to meet community needs.

We work with Georgia Southern students, but not through the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement. How do we become a partner with your office?

If you are a nonprofit or public agency interested in working with our office, check out our Community Partner Overview page.  We look forward to working with you.

If you have additional questions, contact Urkovia Andrews at or 912-478-1435.

Last updated: 3/18/2022