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FLTI Week 7

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”
-Bill Hogan

Dear Leaders,

Session 7 has arrived, your projects are underway and we are moving towards more connected, open relationships with one another. We have also begun to move from “self” in the matrix to “community.”

This week, and Session 9, we will have guest speakers coming to class! So, practice your 30-second introduction to your Community Project to share with our speaker. (“Hi, my name is Taylor McKinney and I am a Family Leader. My project is ‘Bringing FLTI to Arapahoe County’ to empower and embolden the Sheridan community.”) I also encourage you to think of questions to ask our speakers regarding their work in the community and with local systems. Below are some ideas:

  • What is the role of leadership in your agency?
  • How can family leaders interface with this system?
  • What is the budget of your agency and who determines the budget?
  • How do you determine whether the agency is working well or not?

At this time, your Community Project Idea Forms should be turned in and you should be in contact with other participants and/or the FLTI staff to discuss your questions and gain advice. USE THE DINNER HOUR as a time to talk with facilitators and peers about your project or help someone else with theirs!


In Session 7, we will discuss How Local Systems Work and How to Interact with Them in the adult room and Action Planning and Evaluating Projects, Decision-Making Skills for Youth Leaders in the youth room.

Adults Objectives of Session 7:

  • Gain knowledge regarding community resources serving children, youth and families.
  • Become familiar with how local organizations and institutions serving children, youth and families are structured.
  • Have an opportunity to interact with a leader within a community organization and ask questions.

Youth Objectives of Session 7:

  • Increase understanding of action planning and evaluation in decision-making. Will apply
    action planning to their community project.
  • Do a brief presentation to community leaders and adults (name and name of project).

Important Information:

  • We are missing forms from a few participants! Please turn in your Community Project Form. Submitting this form is critical to ensuring that the FLTI staff have time to provide you feedback and can begin connecting you to community resources. This form is also part of your graduation requirement to complete your civic project.


  • If you are going to miss class, arrive late or leave early PLEASE COMMUNICATE. Not being present for the entire class can disruptive to the group process.
  • Bring your water bottle and coffee mug. You are always welcome to bring your own dinner.


  • Read this recent Colorado Trust article featuring family leaders from Jefferson County.
  • Two youth leaders from Eagle County have been recognized for their advocacy in raising the age for tobacco purchases to 21.
  • Register to livestream the Colorado Health Foundation’s upcoming Symposium Unplugged: Disrupting Poverty.
  • The Denver Extension office has a job opening for a 4-H Youth Development Agent.
  • Clayton Early Learning Center has several open positions.
  • Attend the next CPHA Public Health Webinar: “Better Housing Together.” More info here.
  • The Colorado Trust is hosting Taté Walker, Social and Indigenous Rights Activist, in Fort Collins to discuss Violence Against Indigenous Womxn. Check it out here.
  • Read this interesting article from The Aspen Institute: Ten Ways to Rebuild Trust in Media and Democracy.

“Leadership is action, not position.”
-Donald H. McGannon