Larimer County accepting applications for Family Leadership Training Institute

Larimer County Extension is now accepting applications for the 2012 Larimer County Class of the Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute. FLTI is a series of 20 sessions on leadership training, civic literacy, and civic participation skills hosted by Larimer County Extension.

“FLTI has taught me that I have valuable input that various committees, boards and my local politicians need to hear,” said Jessie Mae Hendrickson from the 2011 FLTI Class. “Thanks to FLTI, I will no longer stand by and wait for someone else to fill the gap or to speak up — I will.”

FLTI is based on the premise that family members are the best advocates for children and families in communities. Community leaders including parents, youth and family members, can be effective when they speak out on issues and inform policymakers, the media and the community about the needs of their members.

The FLTI opportunity is offered to 25 participants who are screened and selected based on their availability and readiness to become effective change agents on behalf of children, youth and families. Previous FLTI classes have included a cross-section of people from young adults to grandparents, single moms, dads, couples, low to moderate income, those with community leadership experience and those who are just beginning the journey of civic engagement. Selected participants will come together over the 20 weeks of training which includes:

· An initial all day retreat on Jan. 14, 2012
· Two series of 10-week sessions on Thursday evenings that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement
· A day at the state capitol to learn the inner workings of government
· The development of a personal community project.

In exchange for free registration, participants give the commitment of time reflected in class attendance and a written community project.

If FLTI is the right opportunity for you, apply online at www.coloradofamilyleadership.com. For more information, or to request a hard copy application, contact Jacque Miller at 970-498-6014 or via email at millerj@co.larimer.co.us.

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