April was an exciting month for our Cohort 3 fellows, as they met up with the Foster America team in Denver, Colorado for their first quarterly convening. Currently five of the C3 fellows are working in different Human Services agencies throughout Colorado, so this was a particularly special place to come together for collective learning and reflection. We loved reconnecting with the fellows face-to-face and hearing about their first few months at their agencies. Our programming dove deep into the federal child welfare finance landscape and developing individual leadership skills through project planning and team development.
Highlights of the convening included:
Vision learning, led by Cohort 3 fellow SL Rao
Reflections from a panel of leaders in the Colorado child welfare sector
A tour of Tennyson Center for Children, an organization that provides a child-centered approach to healing through community-based, school, and residential programs.
Design Thinking workshop led by faculty member Jessica Mason
Data and Outcomes session with faculty member Brian Clapier
Meeting Facilitation skill building with faculty member Marianne Hughes.
Spoken word and improv lesson, led by Cohort 3 fellow Crystal Williams
A visit from the Colorado Governor, Jared Polis
We can’t wait to reconvene in June with the Cohort 3 fellows at our next training session in St. Paul, MN!