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Family Foundations

Family Foundations is a two-semester adult project that brings together the adults in the community to grow in their own scholarship and mentor one another in the principles of a leadership education. As parents develop their understanding of a leadership education, they will be empowered to identify the needs of each child in their family and be inspired to fulfill those needs. The project offers an opportunity to develop personal and family vision, mission, abilities, skills, and knowledge and to utilize informal and formal mentoring as a powerful tool in education and family relationships. This project is  facilitated by mentors who receive LEMI training and will be prepared to lead other parents through informative learning environments such as colloquium, simulations, and lectures. This class may be repeated numerous times as the books and content will change and be adapted to fit the needs of the families in the community.  Meeting days and times will also be determined by the needs of the community. An online component is available for expanded depth and mentoring, but not required. 

Scholars will also learn...

Each month a different principle of leadership education is emphasized. A few of the vital principles taught in Family Foundations are:

Family and executive councils; formal and informal mentoring tools

  • Finding balance and renewing your soul; Don't just cope, rejuvenate 

  • Cement the vision for your family 

  • Live your mission 

  • Help your children grow their abilities and skills 

  • Have confidence you can gain knowledge in any subject of your choice as well as the liberal arts

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Books and other materials needed
(subject to change by the mentor):

Class member manual - $20+

A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille
Liber Connect by Tiffany Earl
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
The 5 Communication Levels by LEMI (zoom recording)

How much time is required for work outside of class?

Outside class work in Family Foundations is primarily reading.  Class members will need 3-5 hours a week (depending on individual reading speed) for reading the books.

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