Community Leadership Program names new coordinator, forges new partnership

Patti Schmitt, new state coordinator of Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado
Patti Schmitt, state coordinator of Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado

Patti Schmitt has been named the new state coordinator of Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI). Along with naming a new coordinator, FLTI will join efforts with the CSU’s Office of Engagement, working with the Community and Economic Development Office.

Schmitt brings specialized experience

In addition to her proven leadership in the fields of non-profit administration, communications and community development, Schmitt has extensive experience with FLTI. She is a 2012 graduate of FLTI of Larimer County and later served as an FLTI facilitator and Larimer County site coordinator from 2012-2016. In addition, Schmitt played a critical role in developing and successfully implementing the FLTI of Colorado Two-Generation curriculum, an adapted version of the Parent Leadership Training Institute curriculum that has been used at training sites offering FLTI for youth aged 11-17 and adults since 2015. She has served as assistant state coordinator, overseeing training and technical assistance to FLTI sites throughout the state, since 2016.

Fostering a healthy, civil society

“FLTI provides a critical foundation for community development throughout Colorado,” said Lou Swanson, CSU’s vice president for Engagement and director of Extension. “Equipping local voices with the leadership skills and civic tools gained through participating in FLTI facilitates greater cooperation between individuals, families, public administrators and elected officials. FLTI yields a more representative civil society as local voices engage with community and economic development initiatives addressing the unique needs of their areas. It’s exciting to watch the momentum build, and I am very pleased to have Patti leading and growing this work throughout Colorado.”

Goals align with the Office of Engagement

“Our mission is to connect the best of CSU’s innovation, strategies and resources to Coloradans who are working to address social, economic and workforce issues in their communities,” said Kathay Rennels, CSU’s associate vice president for Engagement. “With FLTI partnering with individuals, families and communities to help move strategies forward on the issues that are important to them, this is going to be a great partnership for all Coloradans.”

More information

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