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September 22, 2017

Get involved and help bring new voices to local boards and commissions

Register for PERL by Friday, Sept. 29; Classes begin Oct. 5

Boulder County, Colo. - If you want to do more than talk with friends or post to social media about important issues and events, it’s time to get involved and make a difference in your community.

A great way to get engaged is to start at the grassroots level and join a local board or commission. People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL) can help. The PERL program works with local boards and commissions to become more inclusive by increasing the variety of people who participate. PERL, part of Boulder County’s Community Action Programs (CAP), trains and educates county residents about how local boards and commissions really work. Leadership development, communication styles, budgeting, and fundraising, are just some of the topics PERL covers.

The next PERL session begins Thursday, Oct. 5. This 10-week program will focus on connecting community members with the non-profit organizations and commissions ready to embrace inclusion. Registration is required by Friday, Sept. 29.

What: PERL board leadership training
When: Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 5 to Dec. 14 (10 sessions)
How: Register online at https://wfbc.formstack.com/forms/perl
Cost: Free - Childcare and dinner are provided
Where: YMCA of Boulder Valley 950 Lashley Street, Longmont
Who: Boulder County residents

Boards and commissions can make a real difference by influencing an organization’s direction, spending, and policies. Ideally a board reflects the people in the community, but that’s not always the case. For instance, while 20% of Boulder County residents identify as persons of color, only 7% of municipal board and commission members are people of color.

To change that, local organizations are striving to become more inclusive. PERL training can make a difference by helping to increase the number of people of color, and those with low-income, who take part. Using community outreach, specialized training, and collaboration with local experts, PERL helps match local boards with the many people across Boulder County ready to get involved. If you want to get involved, register for PERL online, or contact Elicia Goodsoldier at egoodsoldier@bouldercounty.org, or 303-441-3977, for more information.

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