United Way of Weld County received a $6,500 grant from the Colorado Children’s Campaign that will pay for all costs to conduct a Family Engagement Academy for families in Greeley-Evans School District 6 over the next six weeks.
Sheri Hannah-Ruh, director of United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children/Weld County’s Early Childhood Council, said the academy is designed to help parents and guardians use their voices to push for high-quality education opportunities for their children in the community and at the state level. She said academy participants will gain an understanding of the Colorado legislative process, develop strong public speaking and story-telling skills to advance advocacy efforts, learn to write and submit opinion pieces for news media and social media among other strategies.
“This is a unique opportunity because it’s a really in-depth learning of our legislative system and how our individual voice can make a difference at the local level, school level, community level and state level,” said Hannah-Ruh, who added that the academy has been put on in the Denver area in the past but is in Greeley for the first time.
The academy’s six sessions, each two hours long, begin Wednesday (Jan. 18) and run through Feb. 22 at Meeker Elementary School in Greeley. Slots for the academy are already filled.