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Family leadership seminars return for 2017

The Family Leadership Training Institute returns in January. Application deadline is Dec. 9.

EDWARDS — Annual local family leadership training seminars begin in January, and the application deadline is Dec. 19.

The 2017 Family Leadership Training Institute is a series of 20 lessons on leadership training, civic literacy, and civic participation skills. The class is limited to 25 people.

Participants are screened and selected based upon their availability and readiness to become effective change agents on behalf of children, youth, and families, said Glenda Wentworth, the FTLI site coordinator in Eagle County.

"FLTI is based on the premise that family members are the best advocates for children, families, and their communities," Wentworth said. "Community leaders, including parents, youth, and family members can be extraordinarily effective when they speak out on issues and inform policy makers, the media, and the community."

The program is for anyone who wants to enhance their capacity to make positive changes in the community and improve the lives of children and families.

"There is a leader in each of us," Wentworth said.

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FLTI is a project of Colorado State University Extension, Early Childhood Partners and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The course includes:

1. A day-long retreat to develop group communication on January 7, 2017.

2. 10 Weeks of Monday evening classes on self-leadership and perception of leadership, beginning January 9, 2017.

3. 10 Weeks of Monday evening classes on democracy and how to engage in the civic process.

4. Support for each participant to develop and implement a personal Community Civic Project. 5. Visit to the State Capitol in April, 2017 to meet with legislators.

6. Local graduation ceremonies in June and FLTI certification upon successful completion of the 20 week course.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

To register for FTLI

What: Family Leadership Training Institute

When: Application deadline Dec. 9. Classes start Jan. 7

Where: Miller Ranch Community Center, 25 Mill Loft St, Edwards, CO 81632

Cost: FLTI costs $2,500 per participant; however, due to grant funding full scholarships are offered which include dinner, all class materials and on-site child care.

Information: Call Glenda Wentworth FLTI Site Coordinator in Eagle County 970-328-8632, email glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us, write PO Box 4532 Eagle, Co. 81631, or online at http://www.coloradofamilyleadership.com.