Coming Soon! Impact Collaborative for Food Systems Call for Applications

diversity & inclusion issue corps designathon december 2016Calling all Extension Professionals! If you work somewhere on the food systems spectrum and are excited about innovative approaches that make a visible difference at the local level, this program is for you. Our goal for the 2017 eXtension Impact Collaborative for Food Systems is to identify 225 projects and work with around 700 Extension professionals and their partners.

The Impact Collaborative is the new name for the Issue Corps. The Collaborative catalyzes the work of innovative Extension Professionals by supporting their efforts in several ways:

  • Organizing a Designathon event to introduce design thinking and concept mapping to program planning
  • Providing access to mentoring from key informants in topics relevant to Impact Collaborative projects
  • Offering professional development around topics selected by Collaborative members
  • Amplifying Collaborative members’ efforts by sharing their work at a national level to foster adoption of evidence-based approaches and practices throughout the Cooperative Extension System

This support, along with the dynamic synergy from interacting and networking with other Extension Professionals is designed to accelerate the adoption of innovation in local programming.


The organizing committee will develop and release the call for applications this spring (2017). Professional development will begin in the summer with the Designathon planned for winter. Professional development, key informant mentoring, and building the knowledge base on evidence-based practices will continue after the Designathon.

To be sure to receive announcements when the call for applications is released, you need to be on the eXtension mailing list. If you do not already have an eXtension ID, visit the People site and signup.

Issue Corps members must be part of an eXtension member institution. Review the list of current members to verify the membership status of your institution.