Leadership Training Institute accepting applications

The Montelores Family Leadership Training Institute is currently accepting applications for its class of 2013.

Each year the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) offers a 20-week course to emerging community leaders that integrates personal and child development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills. Participants will use the tools developed to address social policy issues that affect children and families in their communities.

"FLTI was the best training I have ever attended in my life. I learned so much about myself, families, communities and government on different levels," said Montelores FLTI graduate Corena Hampton. "My self esteem and confidence grew in leaps and bounds through this training."

The course is one evening for 20 weeks.

Graduate Ginger Cunliffe agreed:, "Before FLTI, I had this fantastic project idea to share with middle school counselors, but it had remained just an idea. FLTI encouraged me to bring that idea to life."

Cunliffe developed an "anti-bully" video after going through the FLTI class. The video is shown to students in middle and high school.

"I also met so many wonderful people who continue to inspire me, and further my commitment to the community," she added.

For graduate Alexia McCrath, the class was about growth.

"FLTI was instrumental in initiating personal and professional growth for me. It is the perfect recipe for changing the world starting with the person in the mirror," McCrath said.

Previous FLTI classes have included a cross-section of people including young adults to grandparents, single moms, dads, couples, those with community leadership experience, and those who are just beginning the journey of civic engagement. Selected participants will come together over the 20 weeks of training which includes:

An initial all-day retreat on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Two 10-week series of sessions on Thursday evenings that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement

A day at the State Capital to learn the inner workings of government

The development of a personal community project

In exchange for free registration, participants give the commitment of time reflected in class attendance and a written community project. To register online go to ColoradoFamilyLeadership.com. For more information, contact FLTI Site Coordinator Trish Peters at 560-1360.