Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area

Step Up To Leadership Certification

Step Up to Leadership Certification is designed for income eligible community-minded people wanting to make a difference.  The 12-session curriculum is designed to help participants:

  • Understand board responsibilities, parliamentary procedures, how to run a committee meeting, and public speaking tips;
  • Understand themselves and others and how to build strong relationships; and
  • Learn in a safe and fun environment.


This certification is offered free of charge to anyone who is interested in making a difference in their community and who is willing to commit to attending all 12 sessions. Each session is 3 hours long and includes a light dinner.  For more information or to register, please call 417-451-2206, ask for Ms. Suzanne Becker or questions by email.


Eligibility Requirements - Household income may not exceed 125% of the federal poverty guidelines.  


Step-up to Leadership Graduates are able to apply for a $100-$500 mini-grant(s) to support a community project that can be used to make a difference in their community.  Applications are reviewed for consistency with Economic Security Corporation's Mission and Values.

Pictures below are from the recent class: