Leadership training commencement held Monday in Edwards | VailDaily.com

Leadership training commencement held Monday in Edwards

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EDWARDS — Monday at 6:15 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Eagle County graduates from the Family Leadership Training Institute will be celebrating the successful completion of a 20-week training program on leadership and civic engagement.

The program was initially piloted in selected pilot counties throughout Colorado in 2009. In January of this year Eagle County joined the ranks with its inaugural program. The initiative is funded through a public-private partnership between several statewide organizations including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, state and local business leaders, and other community organizations. Local funders include Eagle County Schools, the Youth Foundation, Eagle County Public Health, Early Head Start, CSU Extension and the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

Although the leadership training is provided free of charge, participants are carefully selected through an application and interview process. In an effort to be family-oriented, child-care and dinner are offered to participants. Each graduate completes a community project as part of the course requirements.

Community projects this year range from autism awareness and outreach to Zumba classes for new mothers.

Susie Davis, Youth Foundation director of education, will be our guest speaker. The pre-event reception begins at 5:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards. Conversations with graduates, their families and the Site and Civic Advisory Teams can be had along with refreshments and appetizers.

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