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FLTI Week 8

“In the midst of a world where everything needs to be done right now we can be famous for never forgetting what we can do, refusing to be overwhelmed but persistently making our small and yet vital contribution to the common good.”
-Parker Palmer

 Dear Leaders,

Thank you for saying YES to the challenging, uncomfortable, beautiful work of community. We have discussed our community issues, brainstormed solutions that seem too big and heard directly how difficult community work can be. But we have also learned how rewarding and beautiful community is! Thank you for your commitment to this work and for stretching and trusting the process – our community needs each of us!

This week we will discuss networks and coalitions, and we will have a guest speaker during dinner: Carol Meredith, Executive Director of the Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas Counties, will join us to share her experience working in community and with systems. My intention is to bring you many different leaders and organizations and expose you to the many approaches to strengthening our community.

THIS WEEK:

In Session 8, we will discuss Networks and Coalitions in the adult room and Understanding Moral Reasoning in Decision-Making and Networks in the youth room.

Adult Objectives of Session 8:

  • Begin to examine the strength of formal and informal networks.
  • Recognize the strength of shared community goal-setting through coalitions.
  • See informal and formal networks, and coalitions, as opportunities for family leadership and civic participation in the interest of families.

Youth Objectives of Session 8:

  • Learn concepts of moral reasoning and how it affects decisions.
  • Learn concepts of networks and understand interconnections between agencies and other entities.
  • Apply presentation skills to civic project.

Important Information:

  • Please contact other participants and FLTI staff to discuss your Civic Project. We will begin a “sign-up” for participants to schedule one-on-one project time with facilitators during dinner, and please know that we are always available via phone or email to assist you.
  • Your 3-Minutes Speeches are coming up at Week 10! (Can you believe Phase I is already coming to a close??) Don’t worry, we will dive into these speeches on Tuesday and begin helping you prepare.
  • It is Debi Reid’s birthday on Tuesday!

 REMINDERS:

  • Youth + Adult home interaction assignment before Tuesday: discuss civics projects with adult/youth partners and each share one idea.
  • If you are going to miss class, arrive late or leave early PLEASE COMMUNICATE. Not being present for the entire class can be disruptive to the group process.
  • Join our cohort Facebook group and like our general Facebook page.

NEWS:

  • YOUTH PROJECTS: Learn more about loans for young people from Young Americans Bank.
  • Read the latest blog post from The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation: “We Are All Catalysts: Part One – How We Can Amplify and Broaden Dialogue and Deliberation Work.”
  • Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest is this weekend! More info here.
  • Looking for a job in education? Check out the Chalkbeat Colorado Jobs Board.
  • The Center for African American Health is currently hiring individuals to build Beheard Mile High’s street team to support community outreach activities. (See attached PDFs in email.)
  • For Youth in Foster Care, the Road to Driving is a Bumpy Ride – read the report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • Five Things to Know About the New Juvenile Justice Act. More from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
  • The Colorado Trust is seeking responses to a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a Project Manager for the pilot phase of the Health Equity Data & Storytelling Platform Project.
  • The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has several job openings.

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”
-Rita Pierson

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.