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August 20, 2018

Help bring new voices to local boards and commissions

Apply for PERL by Aug. 27; Classes begin Sept. 4

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. A board should reflect the people in the community, but that’s not always the case. While 20% of Boulder County residents identify as persons of color, only 7% of municipal board and commission members are people of color.

The next PERL session begins Tuesday, Sept. 4. This four-week program will focus on connecting community members with the non-profit organizations and commissions ready to embrace inclusion. Registration
is required by Monday, Aug. 27.

What: PERL board leadership training
When: Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 4 to Sept. 25 (four sessions)
How: Register online at
Cost: Free – Dinner and childcare is provided
Where: YMCA of Boulder Valley, 950 Lashley St., Longmont
Who: Boulder County residents

Boards and commissions can make a real difference by influencing an organization’s direction, spending, and policies. Many local organizations are striving to become more inclusive. PERL training can make a difference by preparing people of color, and those with low-income, to take leadership positions on boards and commissions and ensure authentic participation.

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. Leadership development, communication styles, budgeting, and fundraising, are just some of the topics PERL covers.

If you want to get involved, register for PERL online, or contact Elicia Goodsoldier at, or 303-441-3977, for more information.

PERL Classes Start in September
Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner (right) congratulates a recent graduate of the PERL program.