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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.

FLTI Updates

FLTI Opportunities

  • 2021 Fall FLTI Program registration is now open!

In the News

Family Leaders In Our Community

Profile Highlights

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 , 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

2018 Jeffco FLTI graduates continue to expand their learning at the Family and Community Leadership Summit. The summit highlighted the current work from the Colorado Office of Health Equity and worked on skills in conflict resolution and using interactive theater techniques to engage productive action in our communities!  
2018 Jeffco FLTI graduates continue to expand their learning at the Family and Community Leadership Summit.
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For more information, contact Kim Massey, Jeffco FLTI Site Coordinator –, 303.271.6635

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.