Colorado and Wyoming have taken the lead in directing Federal funds from Title V (Maternal Health and Families) to fund FLTI sessions throughout the state.
The Institute begins with a retreat that encourages participants to deeply connect with each other, brings forward all the “-isms” that people keep hidden, and lays the groundwork for open dialogue, meaningful relationships, and important project development in a safe space.
The work begins by looking at the family as a system, and teaching ways to lead with compassion. Building on the importance of the family as a unit and ways to lead within a family setting, the material spirals up through larger systems; teaching how fundamental lessons of family and leadership are applicable at larger scales. The end result is encouraging civic engagement and understanding how to work with government at all different levels.
Participants in the course commit to five months of learning and working. Their end goal is to leave the Institute not only with personal growth, but in the process of implementing a project that has transformed their personal passions into an effort to engage the community around them. Projects are wide ranging, from art focus to nutrition and health. Overall, 80% of the projects that emerge from the FTLI are focused on improving public health.
For more information:
- Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (CSU Extension)
- Colorado Department of Education Brief on FTLI
- OUR Center Longmont