Family Leadership Training Institute

Eileen Forlenza speaks at FLTI graduationThe Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) is a first-of-its-kind family civics program. Program graduates develop skills needed to become effective leaders in their communities. The curriculum integrates personal and child development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills, with each participant developing a final community project.

FLTI is now accepting applications for the class of 2013 at ColoradoFamilyLeadership.com (click on ‘Now Accepting Applications!‘). Applications are due November 30, 2012. Interviews will be scheduled in December 2012.

 Classes start in January 2013 in the following counties:
FLTI 2009 GraduatesAdams (monolingual Spanish only/solamente en español)
Arapahoe/Douglas
Eagle
Larimer
Mesa
Montezuma/Dolores
Denver/Aurora (near Children’s hospital)

The Colorado Family Leadership Training Institute began in Colorado in 2009, with Family Voices Colorado as a founding partner. Help us spread the news and encourage others to apply for this excellent training opportunity for parents, family members, and other community members interested in making a difference for children, youth, and families.

Who should apply? Parents, teen parents, grandparents, other family members, young adults, foster parents, community members and others who wish to improve the lives of children and families in communities.

FLTI is a proven curriculum that inspires, trains, and empowers individuals to become effective leaders and change agents on behalf of children, youth, and families. This opportunity is only offered to 25 participants per session who are screened and selected based on their availability and readiness. Consideration is also given to how their participation will enhance diversity, strength, and learning for the group as a whole. FLTI is offered free of charge! In return, you commit your time and a written community project that reflects your passion.

The 20-week FLTI curriculum is based on the premise that the family is a child’s first and most important teacher, and that family members are the best advocates for children and communities. Community leaders, including parents, youth, and family members, can be effective when they speak out on issues and inform policymakers, the media, and the community about the needs of their members.

FLTI offers stimulating educational sessions to boost leadership skills of participants in addressing areas of concern such as accessible child healthcare, the education achievement gap, neighborhood safety, and the significance of parental involvement. Together, class participants will emerge as strong leaders and advocates for all children and their families.

Fondly,

LaShay Canady
Statewide FLTI Community Support Liaison
Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI)
888.690.3456 (toll-free)/720.224.9117 (fax)/303.719.1633 (office)
13918 E. Mississippi Ave #129, Aurora, CO 80012

Halloween, Happy Hour, & other fall fun

October is one of the most beautiful months here in Colorado. The British novelist George Eliot once wrote, “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.” We hope you are finding moments of beauty and joy in the midst of whatever stress and busy-ness may also fill your life.

martini glass on a platterAt Family Voices Colorado, we’re celebrating our recent office move to the Anschutz Medical Campus with a Fall Happy Hour at the Cedar Creek Pub, next Thursday, October 25, 5:00 – 7:00pm. Come meet the “new kids on campus,” and we’ll buy the first round!  RSVP to Chrystal at 303-733-3000, or on our Facebook event page.  Hope to see you there!

National Family Voices is holding a Fall Costume Contest for families of children and youth with special health care needs.  From their website:

Many cultures include children dressing up in costume at some time during the year as part of their tradition, and often these celebrations take place in the fall. This practice can be ceremonial or recreational – it is always exciting and often meaningful for both children and adults.

Family Voices’ costume contest will begin on Monday, October 15 and the last day for submission of entries will be Monday, November 5. Winners will be announced by Friday, November 9. A $100 Target gift card will be awarded to the winner in each of three age categories: 0 – 7 years old, 8 – 14 years old, 15 – 21 years old. To enter go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FVcostumecontest.

Painted wood stump Jack-o-lanternFinally, if your child’s special needs include sensory challenges, you might find these tips on navigating Halloween helpful. Or, if you’re looking for more costume ideas, especially incorporating a wheelchair or other equipment, try this Huffington Post article or these suggestions from the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Happy Fall!

Family Voices Colorado 4.0: Together on the Journey

Greetings from Tom Rose, new Executive Director

Tom & Ileana at our new office
Tom Rose, Executive Director, and Ileana Perez, Provider Recruitment Coordinator, at our new office.

Excerpted from our Fall NewsletterClick here to join our email list

Dear Partners, Friends, and Supporters,

We have had a summer of change and transition here at Family Voices Colorado. The biggest change, which most of you already know about, is that Christy Blakely retired as Executive Director at the end of May, after 12 years of dedicated service and passionate advocacy on behalf of children with special health care needs. The Board appointed me to be the new Executive Director, effective June 28.

I am deeply committed to the mission of Family Voices, and I believe my background leading health and human services agencies has prepared me well for the particular opportunities and challenges we face right now. Over the past three months, I have met with dozens of partner agencies and professionals across the health care and disability fields to deepen my understanding of the landscape of the field, and to develop a vision for Family Voices’ unique niche in the rapidly changing health care arena in our state. I look forward to sharing that vision with you in the coming months.

In addition to the executive transition, we have had several staff change roles or move on to other opportunities in the past few months. A complete listing of current staff is below for your reference, and you can find contact information for our new office space here.

As always, we remain absolutely committed to our mission of improving access to and quality of health care systems for children and youth with special health care needs. We are thankful for your interest in our work and for your support, in whatever form that takes, and we look forward to continuing to work with you.

Sincerely,

Tom Rose
Executive Director

Staff List:

Name

Title

Email

Direct line

Tom Rose Executive Director tom@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0338
Dina Castro Family-to-Family Project Coordinator dina@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0328
Susan Cassell Health Care Transitions Navigator scassell@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0331
Suzette Elledge Medical Home Project Coordinator suzette@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0337
Ileana Perez Provider Recruitment Coordinator ileana@familyvoicesco.org 720-940-6969
Colleen Roahrig Western Slope Coordinator colleen@familyvoicesco.org 720-319-6102
Sam Murillo Family Navigator at Children’s Hospital sam@familyvoicesco.org 720-301-7705
Susana Herrera Medical Home Navigator susana@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0336
Anne Patton Operations Manager anne@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0318
Kerry Greenhill Communications Manager kerry@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0329
Chrystal Ferber Development Associate (AmeriCorps VISTA) chrystal@familyvoicesco.org 303-577-0319

Making Colorado a better place for children and youth with special health care needs