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Family Leadership Graduates Make a Difference!

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Nov 26, 2012

Contact Information:

Jacque Miller, CSU/Larimer Extension Agent & FLTI Director, 970-498-6014,
millerj@co.larimer.co.us

 

The Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) is a series of 20 sessions on leadership training, civic literacy, and civic participation skills. The application deadline for the next class, beginning on January 12, 2013, is Wednesday, December 5, 2012. Previous FLTI classes have included a cross-section of people including young adults to grandparents, single moms or dads, couples, those with community leadership experience and those who are just beginning the journey of civic engagement. You can apply on-line at www.coloradofamilyleadership.com. For more information, or to request a hard copy application to participate, contact Jacque Miller at 970-498-6014 or via email at millerj@co.larimer.co.us.
 
PAST Participation:
Reggie Johnson is a 55 year old, single woman raising her 3 1/2 year old granddaughter. She is one of 2.7 million grandparents in the US responsible for the most basic needs of their grandchildren and one of 45 Larimer County family leaders who have completed the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI). As an FLTI participant Reggie gained step by step support in researching and designing a response to an issue she saw emerging, “Over the last year, I have heard stories about lack of grandparent (and other kin) rights which make my personal situation seem mild.”   Reggie believed the current laws and interpretation of these laws were leaving children at risk. Her mission became every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving, and forever family. As her FLTI community project she designed a community response to this issue. The result was ‘PAC-Kin’ (Protecting and Cherishing Kin), a grassroots group of grandparent’s and other kin providers. To find out more about PAC-Kin visit their website at www.pac-kin.org.
 
Other FLTI alumni have developed community projects that have guided foster youth in college admission and success, encouraged career exploration for children through on-the-job field trips, addressed student’s summer learning loss, and worked to improve reading scores of Hispanic students through a school readiness program. Reggie and her fellow family leaders have emerged from the FLTI sessions equipped to make a positive difference for children, families, and community.  “The graduates of FLTI have dug deep to uncover their full potential - as parents, community members, and agents of change.” said Jacque Miller, Colorado State University – Larimer County Extension Agent and FLTI Site Director. 
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ATTN MEDIA: To interview past participants - contact: Jacque Miller, Colorado State University – Larimer County Extension Agent and FLTI Site Director, at 970-498-6014 or via email at millerj@co.larimer.co.us.

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