LeadAR, or Lead Arkansas, a program that has launched dozens of community improvement success stories and helped encourage members to seek legislative, county or municipal offices is accepting applications until Aug. 17.

LeadAR is a two-year education program that provides Arkansans the tools and connections to help them serve their communities and state. Participants have an opportunity to attend 11 three-day seminars around the state, a 10-day national study tour to Washington, D.C., and a 12-day international study tour.

After nearly 30 years, the program has proven its worth.

“LeadAR alumni have used what they’ve learned to establish non-profits, farmers markets and other economic development, and in some cases, provided the tools to help communities recover from natural disaster,” said Joe Waldrum, professor with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and program leader.

To apply, visit www.uaex.edu/leader, contact your county Extension office, or call Waldrum at (501) 671-2076.