Family Leadership Training Institue

Leadership Program for Parents

20-week class to help you strengthen your skills and become an effective community leader
Family Leadership Institute Training

Family Leadership Institute Training

Course currently in session

Taught in English

  • Participants Must Attend:
  • Day-long Retreat on September 10
  • 20 classes held on Mondays from Sept. 12-March 6 from 6-9 p.m.
  • The course is paid through a scholarship, so it is free for students
  • Childcare and dinner are provided

Top skills you'll gain from this program

  • ways to advocate for your family’s success
  • empower you to have a voice in community
  • learn the steps to participate in the process of change
  • learn ways to support a community where children can thrive
  • develop the skills to make their communities healthier, cleaner, safer and better learning environments for children

How the Course Works

Interested participants will need to commit to the following:
Submit Application by July 11

Submit Application by July 1

If you are interested and willing to commit to the program, please submit your application to FLTI.
The Course2

The Course

You must commit to attending a 1-day retreat and 20 weekly evening classes between Spetmber 2016-March 2017.
Community Project3

Community Project

Students who are passionate about a topic in the community are encouraged to create a Community Project as part of the course.

Good for families and the community.

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) is bringing a new program to Summit County to develop stronger parents and leaders within our community. The Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) is a 20-week class, which helps participants develop the skills to make their communities healthier, cleaner, safer and better learning environments for children.

“We are incredibly excited to offer this curriculum for parents and guardians in Summit County,” said FIRC Executive Director, Tamara Drangstveit. “We believe that it will provide a transformative experience for people who have not had the opportunity to learn about our civic structures, and we want to provide Summit County with the opportunity to embrace culturally diverse leaders. “

Program graduates spend more than 120 hours to develop skills needed to become effective leaders in their communities. Once recruited and accepted in to the program, participants attend a 20-week curriculum that integrates personal and child development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills. The curriculum includes four components: an initial retreat, two 10-week sessions that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement; and a community project.

In only 20-weeks, Institute graduates can make a significant impact within their communities. Through their community projects they demonstrate that when given civic and leadership tools, families can guide public policy and decision making directly and indirectly through their actions and commitment to children, youth and the community.

The FLTI started from a public-private partnership between several statewide organizations, business leaders and community members. Collectively these organizations discovered three things: 1) Families are eager to learn how to participate in democracy; 2) Civic leaders and organizations benefit from informed families; and 3) Communities are strengthened when the voice of the family is valued.

The FLTI prepares families to become leading advocates for children. Families’ opinions are often unheard, but their strong motivation and will to change their children’s lives are apparent. The FLTI teaches families, who wish to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children, how to become practiced change agents for the next generation.

Families define the curriculum and participate in its evaluation and outcomes. Family supports, such as dinner and child care, are included with the workshops. Each class of families mentors the next class, creating a pyramid effect of community caring and developing a coalition of family leaders.

Who should apply? Parents, guardians, grandparents, and community members who wish to improve the lives of children and families in our community.

Applications due by July 1. Interviews scheduled 30 days prior to class starting. This opportunity is only offered to 25 participants (per site) who are screened and selected based on their availability and readiness. Consideration is also given to how their participation will enhance diversity, strength, and learning for the group as a whole. FLTI course is offered free of charge.

The class will run September-March on Monday evenings from 5-9 p.m. People who have experience facilitating culturally diverse groups are encouraged to contact FIRC. The class will be taught in English. FIRC is currently recruiting contracted facilitators and anyone interested in the paid position should contact Natalia at 970-455-0228 or email [email protected]

Facilitators Needed

Facilitators Needed

  • Please let us know if you are interested in facilitating future classes
  • Paid contract position
  • Must commit to facilitating 10 weeks of evening classes and 2 full day outings
  • Must have facilitation experience
  • Class is taught in English
  • Experience working with diverse groups is preferred

Caldendar of Events

Date – Type -Topic

9/10- Retreat – Creating a Caring Community for Children

9/12 -Class – Thriving with Diversity in the Group Process

9/19 -Class – The Change Process

9/26 -Class – Parents as Change Agents

10/3 -Class -How to Define a Problem and Work Toward a Solution

10/10 -Class – The Intentional Use of Language

10/17 -Class -Learning how a Community Works

10/24  -Class -How Local Systems Work and How to Interact With Them


11/7 -Class -Networks

11/14-Class -The Power of the Media and How to Use it

11/21  -Class -Using Your Voice

12/5 -Class -The Life Cycle of a Child and the Functions of the Family

12/12 -Class -Social and Economic Trends Affecting Children and Families

12/19 -Class -What is Public Policy?

1/9 -Class -How the City Works

1/23 –  CAPITOL VISIT -How do we Understand the Law

1/30 -Class -Budgets – From Wallets to State –  It’s all Money and Priorities –

2/6 -Class -Evaluation, Outcomes and Accountability


2/20 -Class -The Magic of the Unexpected: Forming New Alliances Break

2/27-Class – Language: Packaging and Moving Agendas

3/6 -Graduation