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Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI), a 20-week program offered to Jefferson County adults and teens at no cost. FLTI participants meet Wednesday evenings January through June in north Lakewood and develop skills to become effective civic leaders for healthy families and communities.

All Jeffco residents are encouraged to apply at JeffcoFLTI.com by Nov. 2.

FLTI graduates learn how to utilize information and resources, while working together with others of different viewpoints, to improve their communities. Adults and teens meet at the same time and location, but follow different curricula specifically designed for each age group. Dinner is served each week and childcare is provided at no cost. Spanish interpretation is offered during every class.

At the beginning of the program, each FLTI participant selects a community project meaningful to them. The inaugural Jeffco class of adults and teens, which graduated in June 2018, chose impactful projects that included the development of a teen-parent resource guide, elementary school family engagement program, new community garden, parent-tot exercise program, anti-bullying programs and more.

FLTI is an initiative coordinated by Colorado State University Extension and CSU’s Office of Engagement in partnership with 14 sites that span the four corners of the state. A core tenet of FLTI is that change happens on behalf of children and families when families learn how to cultivate and sustain community partnerships. Therefore, the nonpartisan program emphasizes partnerships among families, businesses, faith leaders, elected officials, community organizers, state and local government and philanthropists.

The 2019 program will be the second Jeffco class following a successful inaugural program in 2018.

For more information, contact site coordinator Kimberly Massey at 303-271-6635; or visit (and apply at) JeffcoFLTI.com.