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Leaders Turn Tassels for Saguache

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

While this time of year generally marks the back-to-school season, there was a special graduation ceremony held this past week that is noteworthy in Saguache Today.

Congratulations to the 7 members of the graduating class of the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) from the HEART of Saguache/KV Estates: Cristalray Dominguez, Jamie Dominguez, Michelle Loddy, Jeron Parkins, Carla Quintana , Nyla Thompson, and Peggy Williams.

On August 23, the 2018/19 graduates participated in a ceremony and celebration as they concluded a multi-week course which is offered t o “adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.”

Here is an overview of their community projects!

Next Classes Begin in October

How will you use your voice in 2019-2020? Explore new ways and techniques to do so by taking the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) offered in Saguache by HEART of Saguache/KV. This free 20-week class starts on October 2, 2019 and is offered to adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.

FLTI graduates, family & friends celebrated with a community BBQ after their graduation ceremony on August 24 after completing the 20-week leadership course.

 “I am so grateful to be able to go from someone who doesn’t feel like they belong in their community to someone who is so engaged and has so many connections with people around the community,” said one graduate who took the class in 2016. FLTI class will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and dinner will be provided.  Classes will begin on October 2, 2019.  Space is limited apply now! Call Miracle Gomez, 719-849-3645 or email: heartmgomez@gmail.com

What is FLTI?

The Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI) operates under CSU’s Office of Engagement, with program support provided by CSU Extension, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office of Community Engagement.

FLTI coordinates locally based, leadership development and civic literacy training sites offering 20 weeks of classes designed to promote greater cooperation between individuals, families, institutions, public administrators and elected officials throughout the state. The 20-week training experience is modeled after the Connecticut Commission on Children’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum and its community implementation practices.

Participating in the FLTI experience provides Coloradans with the opportunities to build their skills, develop robust social networks, and form civic partnerships necessary to make an extraordinary community impact.

Michelle Loddy’s project involved starting a community garden at KV Estates.

Career Fair Offers Options for Students

Students consider their future at the Career Fair held at Mountain Valley school on May 6. Photo: Miracle Gomez

On May 6 Mountain Valley School hosted a Career Fair organized by HEART of Saguache/KV. HEART Initiatives Organizer, Miracle Gomez and MVS School Counsellor, Lisa Powers were instrumental in making this event come together. Turnout was strong, with more than 60 students from Mountain Valley School, Moffat School, and Crestone CHarter attending booths hosted by more than 30 presenters. 

The gym was packed and the day event for students turned seamlessly into an evening Job Fair for the community. The Career Fair supported students in an exploration of their Individual Career and Academic Plans. This special event was a very informative opportunity for students to talk over their visions for and questions about the future. This will be an annual event that is very important for getting our students off to a good start in their post high school careers whether that involves entering the workforce, attending a trade school or going on to further their education in university.

The Career Fair brought together representatives from Aventa Credit Union, First Southwest Bank, The Village Pub, Alta Convenience Store, Mountain Valley Lumber, San Luis Rural Electric Cooperative, Power Zone Equipment Inc., Valley Publishing/Center Post Dispatch, Rio Grande Hospital – Physical and Occupational Therapy, Moffat Family Health Center – Valley Wide Health Systems, Valley Wide Dental, and Eagle Air Med. Government services participating included; Saguache County Land Use, Saguache County Housing Authority, Saguache County Social Services, Saguache County Administration, Saguache County Clerk and Recorder, Saguache County Road and Bridge, Town of Saguache, Saguache County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Buena Vista Correctional Complex, Saguache Volunteer Fire Department, and Northern Saguache County Ambulance District. Military branches attending included; United States Marine Corps, United States Navy, and the United States National Guard. Adams State University, Alpine Achievers Initiative, and Mountain Valley School District also had booths. Craig Schroeder presented on How to Become an Entrepreneur. Pavement Maintenance Services, Joyful Journey Hot Springs, and the United States Forest Service came specifically for the evening Job Fair.

The gym at Mountain Valley School was packed as the community came together to help students consider their career options. Photo: Miracle Gomez

The Career Fair was followed by Career Cabs which took place during school on Thursday, May 9th. For this event, the Mountain Valley sophomore class took a field trip to visit different employers in the area. Students got tours of the businesses and were talked to about the skills and education they would need for a potential career in the field. The students visited; Saguache County Social Services, United States Forest Service, Mountain Valley Lumber, Rio Grande Hospital, Power Zone Equipment Inc., Eagle Air Med, and Aventa Credit Union. Thank you to all the participating businesses for taking the time to support our students in such an important way.

HEART of Saguache/KV would like to thank all the students and presenters again for their enthusiasm and dedication in bringing this event to life. HEART and Mountain Valley School intend to make this an annual event that will continue to grow. Special thanks to Mountain Valley School for partnering with us make this all possible. If you would to be involved in this project please contact Miracle Gomez, HEART of Saguache/KV Initiatives Organizer at heartmgomez@gmail.com.