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Community members advocate for children and families in Eagle County

Contact: Glenda Wentworth, County Extension Director/Family and Consumer Science, 970-328-8630, glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us

June 14, 2017 – On Monday, June 5, thirteen family leaders graduated from the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI), a family civics program that helps adults become effective leaders in their communities. These emerging leaders participated in a 20-week curriculum that includes personal and child development, leadership training, and civic literacy and participation skills. 

Each graduate of FLTI developed a project to benefit their local community. Projects developed by members include:

  • A Neighborhood Watch program to strengthen public safety and build a communication bridge between the community and the Avon Police Department.
  • A Youth House to create a safe space for youth to go to have fun and socialize with their peers every weekend in the evenings.
  • An Early Learning Exchange that provides children with enriching materials that support and teach life-skills that set young children up for future success.

“Family leaders are excellent resources about what their local community needs to support overall health and wellness of children and youth,” said Glenda Wentworth, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent for Colorado State University Extension.  “They are content experts who also bring cultural diversity and meaningful experience to solving community challenges.”

The goal of FLTI is to help families become leaders within their community and government by building their capacity. Families use the tools developed to address social policy issues that are of concern to them. Families are taught the tenets of democracy and their rights to utilize government optimally in the best interest of children, families and their community as a whole. FLTI gives participants a democracy toolkit, teaching them how to engage in the civic process for the benefit of their local school, neighborhood and their own family.

For information on how to become a family leader, visit www.coloradofamilyleadership.com or contact Glenda Wentworth at glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us or 970-328-8630.