This Week’s Nonprofit Spotlight is the Parent Leadership Training Institute

What Is The Parent Leadership Training Institute?parent_leadership_training_institute_logo

The PLTI program is a two-generation strategy to bolster parental involvement while promoting the lifelong health, safety and learning of children. Parents apply to attend a 20-week program. If selected, family supports such as child care, meals and transportation are provided. Each class mentors the next class, creating a pyramid effect of community caring and a developing coalition of parents.  

Parent Leadership Training Institute’s Mission

To prepare parents to become leading advocates for children.   

Program Highlights

Parents become change agents within the community.  Parents use the tools they develop through the class to address social policy issues of concern. Parents are taught the tenets of democracy and their rights to utilize government optimally in the best interest of children. Public policy, media and outreach are demystified and fully explained.  As parents develop speaking and needs assessment skills, they are better able to articulate issues and guide solution-building. 

Children benefit from their parents’ participation. 

Children communicate better with their parents as the parents learn communication skills. Children see the potential to effect change in their own lives and other lives and their readiness to learn increases as parents participate more in their lives.  Parent participation in children’s issues concretely improves children’s programs within Alexandria. 

Family-focused systems improve

Institutions improve their capacity to work with and empower parents. Early care and education programs, social services institutions and cities have improved their parent involvement policies, consumer-driven service delivery and leadership opportunities for parents through the PLTI partnerships. 

How You Can Get Involved

Volunteers are always needed for data entry and general clerical duties, fundraising, and childcare or dinner service during the Friday evening classes. Email or click here for more information.



Thank you for featuring our program.I would like to be sure that everyone knows that our childcare includes the Children's Leadership Training Institute which mirrors the parent's program at their level.  We have a wonderful ACPS School Counselor, Suzette Adams, running this program for us.Our next class begins with a retreat on November 3rd, followed by 20 Friday evening classes.Want to see the graduation of one of our classes?

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