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Focus on Issues—The i-Three Issue Corps

The i-Three Issue Corps

Increasing Extension professionals’ effectiveness in addressing issues of importance to local, state and national audiences is the mission of the i-Three Issue Corps and the cornerstone of eXtension’s i-Three Initiatives. This cohort of Extension professionals, selected from eXtension Foundation member institutions, combine their talent, “on-the-ground” knowledge and energy to serve as volunteer innovators who participate in creating next-generation Cooperative Extension System tools for achieving increased impact. 126 corps members representing 70 projects have been selected.

In 2016, the first cohort of the Issue Corps is focusing on the issues of climate and food systems. The members of this cohort represent Extension professionals who are already working on issues related to climate and food systems. They have self-identified as having a strong desire to work “hands-on” to create new methods for addressing critical issues. In 2017, the Corps will increase and several new focus issues will be added.

All Issue Corps members receive special opportunities for professional growth, including support, resources and attendance at special eXtension events where they receive ongoing training and experience in designing and implementing innovation strategies.

Cooperative Extension System professionals have a long, proud history of serving as catalysts for putting research-based knowledge from land-grant universities on a wide range of topics into action in rural and urban communities nationwide. The i-Three Issue Corps is working “hands-on” to create and apply new methods for addressing the critical issues facing their communities .