Exciting Changes are Coming to the FLTI Program!
We are excited to announce an exciting transition! Since 2018 we have been the proud home of the Family Leadership Training Institute program.
When our wonderful leader of the program, Kim Massey, decided it was time to retire, we started looking for a new home for FLTI. We did not have to look far, because, Edgewater Collective, a long-standing partner of FLTI, was eager to welcome this program into their Worker Cooperative Training and Support Program. See their blog post here – https://edgewatercollective.org/welcoming-family-leadership-training-institute/
While we are sad to see Kim and the program leave our office, we are so excited to see where Edgewater Collective takes the program and can’t wait to celebrate the success it will see!
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.
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.
- 2023 Jeffco FLTI class starting in North Lakewood in January. Apply now! More details to follow.
Join a Growing Group of Leaders Who are Building Healthy Communities!
The next cohort for the Jefferson County Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) will be starting in north Lakewood in January 2023. This is an opportunity to grow your voice with other community leaders. Feel the warmth of a community developing together through setting norms of interaction and dialogue while building new friendships working together. Applications now open, apply today!
For more information about FLTI click here JeffcoFLTI.org
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 adults and three youth celebrated graduation from Jefferson County Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Two of the projects the Family Leaders are pursuing include changing the SNAP access requirements for qualifying persons who are unhomed and helping Latinx families identify affordable, Hispanic therapists that are culturally relevant to them. Congratulations to the 2021 Graduates!
“My FLTI experience has been a dynamic one. It has given me the opportunity to challenge norms, share knowledge and experience, self-reflect, challenge myself and others, all while learning to trust the process. I have learned that there is always room for growth and we’re truly all in this together. In community, we have our best opportunity to create the change we want to see in this world.” 2021 FLTI Graduate
“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