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Parent Leadership Training Inst.

Mission statement 

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) helps parents become leading advocates for children. It is designed by the American Leadership Forum, Leadership Greater Hartford, and the Connecticut Commission on Children.


The cornerstones of the program are respect, validation and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will become active participants in communities.

Definition of parent leadership

Parent leadership is the capacity for parents to interact within society with purpose and positive outcomes for children.

The public is increasingly alienated from government. Most parents are deeply concerned about the impact of schools, community and the environment on their children, but don't know how systems function or how decisions are made within the public policy and budget domains. A democracy toolkit is needed to develop the skills of civic leadership.


PLTI has these goals:

• Help parents become the leaders they would like to be for children and families;

• Expand the capacity of parents as change agents for children and families;

• Develop communities of parents within regions of the state that will support one another in skills development and successful parent action for children;

• Facilitate systems change for parental involvement with increased utilization of parents in policy and process decisions; and

• Increase parent-child interactions and improve child outcomes through parent involvement.

The Course

Parents are offered leadership training that includes:

• retreat to develop group communication;

• 10 weeks of classes on self and perception of leadership;

• 10 weeks on practicing democracy skills; and

• a community project based upon the student's personal passions.

The course ends with a local graduation and a statewide graduation where participants receive diplomas from the Secretary of the State.