Boulder County Community Action Programs now recruiting for People Engaged in Raising Leaders

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Boulder County Press Release

Sept. 28, 2015

Media Contact: Susana Lopez-Baker, Community Action Programs, 303-441-3956

Boulder County Community Action Programs now recruiting for People Engaged in Raising Leaders

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 has developed People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL). The Fall 2015 training session begins Wednesday, Oct. 7. This training program educates individuals from Boulder County’s diverse communities about the inner-workings of 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 ten-week session will focus on connecting our communities with non-profit organizations and commissions ready to embrace inclusion.

PERL Fall 2015 Training Program 

What: Board Leadership Training  

When: Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 7 through Dec. 16 (10 sessions)

Where: Foothills United Way, 1285 Cimmaron Drive, Lafayette

People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL) came about as a result of the inclusiveness work The Community Foundation of Boulder County was doing with non-profit organizations. Results from one of their surveys spoke to the need for more people of color to be on Boards and Commissions, and their Trends Report continues to identify the need. While 20% of Boulder County residents identify as a person of color, in 2015, only 7% of those serving on a municipal board or commission were a person of color.

The pool of people of color and individuals with low-income interested in participating on boards and commissions is low. The PERL program aims to change this statistic to allow more board positions to be filled. Through increased outreach, training efforts, and collaborations, the PERL program will help fill a niche that more authentically represents the diversity that exists in Boulder County.

Contact Susana Lopez-Baker to register or receive more information at or 303-441-3956.