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September 1, 2016

People Engaged in Raising Leaders (P.E.R.L.) Newsletter

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September 1, 2016

Welcome to the inaugural People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL) monthly newsletter. This newsletter is meant to keep PERL graduates informed about new board and commission opportunities in Boulder County. We also invite non profit organizations, businesses, and city and county commissions to share these opportunities when they open up. We will also include a spotlight on former PERL participants and where the program has taken them in their career. If you are interested in submitting your story or board opportunities, please contact:

Community Cycles

Community Cycles is looking for three new board members by the end of the year. Community Cycles is a non-profit organization of bicyclists and supporters of bicycle transportation.

They recycle, repair, and refurbish donated bikes, make used bicycles available to the community, and provide a safe, welcoming space for everyone in our community by educating about bicycle safety and advocating for the use of bicycles as affordable, viable, and sustainable transportation and personal enjoyment in our community.

To be considered for membership on the board, please complete the online application and include an up-to-date resume.

To apply, click here.


The Boulder County AIDS Project, a 501(c)(3) organization, is recruiting new board members to fill immediate vacancies. Established in 1985, their mission is to provide support, advocacy and education to those in our community who are living with or affected by HIV and AIDS, and to serve as an outreach and information center to prevent the further transmission of HIV.

They are looking for individuals with a diverse and broad range of strengths, experience, and skills who are interested in having a positive impact on the community. Skillsets needed include healthcare, governance, finance, business, fundraising, social justice. Monthly meetings are held on the 4th Monday, 6 p.m. at the YWCA of Boulder. This is a three-year board term. Contact Ana Hopperstad at 303-444-6121 or or visit the webpage here.

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is a parent-led 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses a strength-based approach to
support their mission to engage, educate and empower parents in developing the
social - emotional, physical and mental well-being and safety of youth,
families and communities.

PEN (Parent Engagement Network) has several openings for board
members, specifically those that are bi-lingual.
For more infromation, please contact:
Paula Nelson
or visit their website, here.

WOW! Children's Museum

WOW! Children's Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing educational, interactive exhibits, programs, and activities for all children – bringing families together in a creative environment that sparks imagination, inspires learning through play, and supports school readiness.

They are currently recruiting volunteer Board Members to serve a two-year term. As catalysts for the Museum’s continued growth and increasing impact in the community, this is an opportunity to develop your leadership skills, serve their mission and make great things happen for WOW!

For more information, visit the webpage here.


The Boulder County Latino Task Force is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit
organization. They are dedicated to serving the Latino Community in Boulder County by serving as a facilitator for initiatives that contribute to positive development and recognition of the Latino community and the challenges faced in Boulder County. Their mission is to mobilize Latinos
and inform decision makers through research, education and advocacy.

They will be recruiting up to four board members beginning in the Fall and are looking for members, specifically, from the Boulder and Lafayette communities. While they are a Latino focused organization, all are welcome to apply. For more information, contact Manuela Sifuentes at or by visiting their website here.


"I was a 2011 PERL graduate and a participant in the Community Foundation's Leadership Fellows Program. PERL and Leadership Fellows literally changed my life. I never knew how much I could effect change in my communities and I owe that to my participation in PERL. In the period of 2 years after graduating from from PERL, I served on the county and state Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) eventually deciding to run for the National Board of Directors in 2014. Even though I didn't win a spot, it was an amazing experience. Since 2012, I've served as a Commissioner for the Denver American Indian Commission and was appointed by Governor Hickenloooper in 2015 to serve on the Colorado Commission to Study American Indian Representations in Public Schools. I serve as a member of the Cultural Competency Advisory Council for the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health which assists community mental health organizations and providers to increase their level of cultural awareness and responsiveness. It is my hope that others who participate in PERL will have the same lasting effects, as I've experienced. It's been a blessing to be able to come full circle and lead the PERL program because I believe in it so much."