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March 1, 2016

Recruitment now open for People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL)

Sessions begin Wednesday, March 14

Boulder County, Colo. - To increase the number of people
of color or individuals with low-income on boards and commissions, Boulder County
Community Action Programs developed
Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL). This training program educates individuals
from Boulder County’s diverse communities about the inner-workings of government
boards and commissions.
Participants learn about leadership development,
communication styles, budgeting, fundraising, and more.

Those interested in civic engagement across Boulder County
are invited to register for the PERL training program. This 10-week session
will focus on connecting community members with non-profit organizations and
commissions ready to embrace inclusion.

PERL Spring 2016 Training Program

What: Leadership Training
When: Wednesdays,
beginning March 14 through May 16 (10 sessions), 6-8 p.m.
Who: Boulder County Residents
Where: Longmont Community Foundation, 636 Coffman St., Suite 203,

PERL program came
about as a result of the inclusiveness work the Community Foundation of Boulder
County was doing in partnership with non-profit organizations. Results from one
of the surveys spoke to the need for more people of color to be on boards and commissions, and the annual Trends Report
continues to identify the need. While 20 percent of Boulder County residents
identify as a person of color, in 2015, just 7 percent of those serving on a government
board was a person of color.

The pool of diverse
individuals and residents with low-income interested in participating on boards
and commissions is low. The PERL program aims to change this
statistic. Through increased outreach, training efforts, and collaborations,
the PERL program aims to fill a gap that would more authentically represent the
diversity that exists in Boulder County.

To register or receive more information, contact
Susana Lopez-Baker at
or 303-441-3956.