The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, through their philanthropic collaborative problem-solving program, has funded a multi-year effort in eastern Carteret County to engage the community to build their own capacity for community resilience. As part of that effort, UNC faculty acted as advisors to help co-create a community leadership program. This session will offer the opportunity to explore community leadership learning objectives and the unique course design that emphasizes the co-creation of knowledge between academics and practitioners. The content and participant learning are embedded in the uniqueness of place and community that characterize the most eastern part of North Carolina. This session will emphasize a community engagement approach of “with and through” rather than the more traditional “to and for” model.