FLTI in the News
Since their participation in FLTI, Lilly and Gerry (Eagle County) have worked tirelessly to change local and state legislation surrounding the minimum age to purchase items containing nicotine. On February 1st, they both testified at the State House regarding their support for Rep. Kerry Tipper’s (District 28) HB 19-1033.
Georgina and Susan (Jefferson County) recently contributed to an article by The Colorado Trust titled, “How Your Street Address Influences Your Future.” In the article Chavez-Vasquez and Brugman’s personal accounts supplement research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and data compiled from the CDPHE Community Health Equity Map.
Gail’s civic project for her FLTI class resulted in the creation of Grand Family Coalition, a network of kinship guardians designed to support these unique families in navigating the complexities of the legal, child welfare, education, and other systems. For her continued work in this area, the Colorado Nonprofit Association recently named her a recipient of the William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities, sponsored by the Boettcher Foundation.
This partnership with FLTI of Colorado furthers the mission of the Office of Community Engagement in the Attorney General’s Office by promoting the value of civic engagement and its importance to a healthy state and local government for Colorado residents. The FLTI curriculum used around the state is one of the most effective platforms supporting the Attorney General’s Office work to inspire individual and collective actions that prevent fraud, crime, and abuse of community members.
While creating a mural that expressed their vision for their community, youth leaders in Lamar drew attention to a community need. The HOPE Center, a youth center that provides academic supports and prevention and intervention programming, had a barren field that was not an ideal playspace for the children and youth spending time there. On the mural, one youth wrote that they’d like to see, “Grass for the HOPE Center.”
Claudine Norden, FLTI of Colorado trainer and Phase I facilitator at FLTI of Summit County, says she is an “outie” mom raising an “innie” child – and she’s not talking belly buttons. Claudine explains that as an extroverted person, she uses social energy and was “stretched beyond her comfort zone” when she considered how she parents her daughter Maddie, who as an introvert conserves social energy. She learned more about the differences between what “fills up” extroverted (outies) and introverted (innies) people, and discovered that there were no children’s books that empowered quiet children to be themselves in our noisy world. And just like that, a new community project was born. Claudine was inspired to write a children’s book to empower and advocate for quiet kids!