Our vision is a county full of effective civic leaders focused on cultivating healthier, more inclusive communities and systems in which all Jefferson County residents thrive.
What is the Family Leadership Training Institute?
The Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI) is a nonpartisan, multi-sector, and community-driven collaborative focused on cultivating healthier, more inclusive communities and systems in which all Coloradans thrive. Systemic oppression, economic inequalities, and other barriers to civic engagement have long existed in the U.S. FLTI’s model reduces barriers to participation while growing individual and community capacity for change. FLTI is a 20-week program offered to Jefferson County adults and teens at no cost that develops effective civic leaders for healthy families and communities. Participants also complete community project as part of the FLTI experience, which provide an opportunity to get hands on experience and network. FLTI graduates learn how to utilize information and resources, while working together with others of different viewpoints, to improve their communities.
This training is designed to increase civic participation and promote greater collaboration between individuals, families, institutions, public administrators and elected officials as they seek strategies to respond to pressing social, health, and economic issues in their communities.
- 2021 Fall FLTI Program registration is now open!
- Apply for Jeffco FLTI Fall 2021 Class
- The program is free for participants and includes dinner, childcare, and Spanish interpretation during every class.
In the News
- The Jefferson County Board of Health recently adopted a proclamation connecting citizen’s active engagement in civic life. View the proclamation.
- FLTI Bilingual liaison, Andrea Syko, wins 2019 Wayne Carle Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion
- FLTI graduates Georgina Chavez-Vasquez and Susan Brugman share thoughts on life expectancy discrepancies across Colorado.
- Check out FLTI’s Democracy in Action with Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser. It includes an interview and key activities the Attorney General’s office does.
Family Leaders In Our Community
Thirteen family Leaders, including 3 teens, celebrated graduation from the Jefferson County Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) on Saturday, August 15th in Discovery Park in Wheat Ridge. These leaders started their leadership training in January along with 15 other participants and persevered through social distancing requirements for COVID-19 to complete the last half of their training virtually. Some of the projects these Family Leaders are pursuing include a new program called Circle of Teens, based on the successful Circle of Parents programs supporting parents across the country https://www.circleofparentsco.org/ , a new podcast discussing diversity and social justice, and a listening program to stop teen suicide by training peers in compassionate listening.
“I have learned that there are more things to being a leader than just telling people what to do. You have to have empathy and show kindness. You have to be able to understand what to do and help people even if they are not someone you like very much.” Lilith Syko, Youth Family Leader 2020
Where are we now?
See how FLTI graduates Rachel Hultin, Wheat Ridge City Councilwoman and Terry Gale, Wheat Ridge Race and Equity Task Force Co-Chair are working to remove barriers to make Wheat Ridge Together! See their video where they are competing as 1 of the top 5 candidates to make to make Wheat Ridge an All-American City! Video starts at 6:48
For more information, contact Kim Massey, Jeffco FLTI Site Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org, 303.271.6635