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IFLTI Frequently Asked Questions

Iowa Family Leadership Training Institute - Frequently Asked Questions


Are all sessions mandatory?

Yes. The trainings will be held at a hotel and participants are expected to stay overnight in March, April, and May, unless there are special circumstances. March 4 and June 10 are one day sessions with no overnight stay.

Where will the 2023 sessions be held?

Fort Frenzy in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Social distancing and mitigation measures will be observed. If the pandemic doesn't allow us to meet in person, IFLTI will be provided virtually. If we need to meet virtually, we hope to hold at least one session in person.

What is the charge to participants for the institute?

There is no cost to participants. The cost of hotel accommodations, meals, subject-matter expert speakers, and training materials will be covered by IFLTI. In addition, participants will recieve a $100 stipend per session plus mileage.

What will be required of trainees?

Trainees will be asked to complete the following:

  • Attendance at and enthusiastic participation in all in-person sessions
  • Online readings to prepare for in-person sessions
  • Community Service Project
  • Work with a designated mentor
  • Institute evaluations

How are trainees selected?

  • Complete the application available here
  • Reference surveys
  • Personal telephone or virtual interviews

How long is the application period for the 2023 Institute?

Applications are due January 13, 2023.

When will trainees be notified of whether they have been accepted to the Institute?

Applicants will be informed of there acceptance or deferral by January 31, 2023.

Who should apply to the Institute?

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Advocacy: Strong desire to develop skills in advocacy, shows potential to articulate or develop an advocacy message
  • Coach-ability: Open to learning, receiving feedback, applying new learning
  • Follow through: Finishes what they start, keeps commitment, shows up, reliable and responsible
  • Inclusive: Able to work in an inclusive manner with families and people of diverse cultures
  • Negotiation: Demonstrates having handled conflict in positive way
  • Passion: Desire to help the greater good/population, desire to learn
  • Respects others: Can listen well and respect the perspectives of others, eager to learn from others, gives space to others to share their opinion/ideas, shows discretion and confidentiality
  • Strategic thinking: Is able to show concern for more than one issue or agenda item,is able to think beyond their situation and keep in mind the broader community
  • Team player: Reliable, works well with others, commitment to the group, genuine commitment, able to share opinions

May trainees bring children, partners, or friends to the training?

No. We realize that eligible candidates have many responsibilities, but we ask that trainees arrange coverage at home for these duties. We expect trainees to give full attention to the training and to those who are training with them.

How much time should trainees expect to spend on the training?

Outside of the in-person trainings, trainees will spend time working on their individual Community Service Projects and have required meetings with mentors. Depending on the complexity of the Community Service Projects, trainees should expect to spend approximately five hours per month.

Other Questions?

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