University of Florida & Florida A&M CIVIC Team earns Most Fundable project award at eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Summit

For Immediate Release
November 14th, 2018
Contact: Aaron Weibe,

University of Florida & Florida A&M Civic Team earns Most Fundable project award at eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Summit

Indianapolis, IN. CIVIC, a team comprised of professionals from the University of Florida and Florida A&M University, participated in eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Summit from October 16th – 18th in Indianapolis, IN. The Summit united design thinkers from the Cooperative Extension System and partners from organizations confronting the most pressing challenges of our time to shape positive futures for communities. Three days of co-creating, hands-on learning, and collaborative conversations sparked innovation and creative implementation planning in over 30 projects designed for local community impacts. Summit teams, which included Extension professionals and partners, along with diverse partners from regional and national organizations and businesses explored the processes and practices that enable co-creative approaches to the challenges and opportunities in our communities.

The CIVIC team included Jennifer Taylor, Kenya Washington Johnson, Holly Abeels, Carol Alberts, Alicia Betancourt, and Lara Milligan. Their project fosters civil and inclusive dialogue to cultivate a climate of sustained community conversation around complex and pressing local issues through technical resources and professional development training to enable CES agents to effectively serve as conveners, moderators, and coordinator.

At the end of the three-day Summit, teams participated in a “PitchFest”  where they each presented the advancements on their projects and the important next steps and investments needed to move forward.  The PitchFest was judged by external partners/investors, Extension leaders, and peer co-creators.

As a result of the PitchFest, CIVIC, earned an award for Most Fundable project. This award has earned the team strategic support from the eXtension Partner Development team to advance their project and design funding over the next three months.

To learn more about eXtension’s Impact Collaborative and how it is helping Cooperative Extension professionals make a more visible, measurable, local impact – visit us online at