The Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties invites parents to join its Parent Leadership Council.
"The voice of parents is vital to building and sustaining our community's growth," said Jennifer Doumanian, parent liaison with the collaborative.
Parents who choose to give their time through the newly formed Parent Leadership Council will gain personal and professional development, Doumanian explained. They will build personal leadership skills, increase understanding of family strengths and the community, as well as have the opportunity to network with parents, community leaders and other professionals -- all while serving as the voice of parents of young children throughout the region.
Members will also support the mission of the Great Start Collaborative by participating in community outreach by representing Great Start and sharing materials with others as a parent voice at community meetings. They will also help plan and facilitate events put on by Great Start, as well as share child development materials and community resources with other parents.
Interested community residents must be a parent or guardian of a child(ren) aged infant to 12, commit five hours per month between January-December 2013, and attend an orientation session.
For their commitment, parents will receive a monthly stipend of $50 upon completion of hours and the monthly Leadership Council report, and transportation assistance via fuel cards.
Application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. Applications are available by calling Doumanian at (231) 582-8070 or online at www.greatstartforkids.com. Completed forms can be mailed to: Great Start Collaborative, 08568 Mercer Blvd., Charlevoix, Mich. 49720; faxed to (231) 582-8082; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Start Collaborative is currently made up of more than 30 different participants and organizations from around the community.
Parents invited to join new leadership council
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