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FLTI Week 19

“Be here. Be You. Belong. This classroom belongs to all of us.” -Brené Brown

Dear Leaders,

Once again you dove head first into a topic that can be overwhelming and confusing. However, I hope that each of you walked away with some new insight or ideas as to how evaluation can support your projects and the importance of evaluation in programs, schools, policies, etc. If you have questions or lingering thoughts about either budgets or evaluations (or any other topic) please do not hesitate to reach out to the FLTI staff! You might not walk away as experts in policy or budgets or evaluation when you graduate from FLTI, but the purpose of these sessions is to increase your awareness and understanding of these real and influential topics impacting our communities.

“Data is an important tool to let you know where you are relative to your goal. We measure what matters to us and what matters gets measured. As family leaders, you may frequently discover that a critical indicator is not actually being collected and measured. When that happen, you can become important advocates to ensure that it does get measured, on a regular basis, so that you and others can begin to monitor progress and hold programs accountable.” – Deidre Johnson, CEO and Executive Director of the Center for African American Health and 2015 Phase II Facilitator

As we near the end of our time together I hope you will continue to utilize each other as resources going forward. I’m eager for each of you to encourage next year’s cohort to take advantage of the knowledge in the room just as you all have!

In Session 19, we will discuss The Magic of the Unexpected: Forming New Alliances in the adult room and Coalition and Unexpected Alliances in the youth room.

Adult objectives:

  • Understand the importance of increased and unexpected linkages that affect change for children and families.
  • Explore the importance of an unexpected alliance.
  • Increase critical thinking on obstacles, partnerships, alliances and opposition.

Youth objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of increased and unexpected linkages that affect change for children and families.
  • Consider how to form a coalition, an alliance, or partnership with particular emphasis on the implementation of civic projects.
  • Increase critical thinking about partnerships, alliances, obstacles, and opposition.

Important Information:

  • Tri-County Health will be presenting during dinner – this is a great resource for some of your projects!
  • We will have a panel joining us starting at 6:00pm to share what community work looks like in “the real world.” Be prepared to network!


  • Graduation is June 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, at the Sheridan City Council Chambers. Evites have been sent – you are welcome to invite friends and family and please ensure they (and you!) RSVP.
  • Final speeches are May 21! Use your feedback from Week 10 to revise and strengthen your speech. This speech is intended to serve you after FLTI is over when you need to “pitch” your idea to others.
  • POTLUCK on May 21. Sign up here.


“Leadership development is a lifetime journey, not a quick trip.” -John Maxwell