Community Leadership Toolkit

Do you want to run for your local School Board? Do you think you’d be a good candidate for your Municipal Budget Committee?

Or, do you want to host a candidate forum? (Anyone can host one! Individuals, groups, clubs…)

Get involved in your community! Here are a few resources for people interested in making a difference in their communities.

School Board | Budget Committee | Hosting a Candidate Forum

Transform Your Passion into Action: Serve on Your Local School Board

Turn your passion for community leadership, children, and education, into action by serving on your local school board.

School boards play a significant role in fostering the vitality of local communities throughout New Hampshire. They respond to the needs of their communities and reflect the will of the citizens in their districts. School boards are one of the only public service positions whose constituents—the students themselves, cannot elect them to serve. Voters place great trust in elected board members to sustain and advance education, knowing that school board decisions will impact future generations and their community’s potential to thrive.



Transform Your Passion into Action: Run for Budget Committee

Are you passionate about serving your community, analyzing data, and keeping voters informed?

If so, you may be a good candidate for budget committee. Municipal budget committees are locally controlled, and therefore structured differently in each community. Some are considered advisory; others are deemed official. In either capacity, the goal is the same, to help voters make informed decisions regarding proposed disbursements during town meetings or budget sessions. Budget committees do this by comprehensively researching requests, conferring with other departments and making recommendations that are in the best interest of the community. Serving on a budget committee requires commitment. Members meet often throughout the year, increasing in frequency as budget season approaches. Voting districts place great trust in committee members to sustain their communities through financial stewardship.


Transform Your Passion into Action: Hold a “Meet the Candidate” Event

It is that time of year again! When local politics start becoming the talk of the town. Welcome to Election Season. Who is running? Who is this new person? What is his position on public education, public funding, the role of parents, what makes education effective or adequate? Why is she running? Yes, you may know your neighbor well, but do you know the other candidates? Meet the Candidate events are a great way to educate the public about the candidates and issues that the community may be facing.




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