The Parent Leadership Training Institute

To lead means to have influence. By definition, a parent is a leader. The Family Inclusion Network (FIN) has partnered with the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) from Connecticut US to empower parents to fulfil their potential as community leaders. With a curriculum offering leadership skills, public speaking skills, and teaching the process of government and community engagement, PLTI parents become positive change agents for children.

PLTI is open to parents and kin who want to make positive changes in their communities for children and families.

The goals of PLTI are to effect positive family leadership development by:

  • helping parents become leaders in their communities by engaging in issues that impact on children and families
  • building on the skills and capacity of parents to be change agents on a neighbourhood, local and state level
  • developing supportive communities of parents
  • facilitating parent involvement in state and local policy decision-making processes
  • increasing parent-child interaction through parent involvement.

The Parent Leadership Training Initiative (PLTI) is a first-of-its-kind family civics program. Graduates spend more than 120 hours to develop skills needed to become effective leaders in their communities. Once recruited and accepted into the program, participants attend a 20-week program that incorporates personal development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills.

PLTI graduates make a significant impact within their communities. Through their community projects, they demonstrate that when given the social and leadership tools, families can guide public policy and decision making directly and indirectly though their actions and commitment to children, youth and the community.


Parents are offered four components of training:

  • a 1-day retreat to develop group cohesion and define program mission
  • phase 1: parent leadership with a focus on finding your voice, difference, values and problem definition
  • phase 2: the study of local, state and federal government, policy development and utilising the media
  • a community project to practice your new skills within a community framework.


Parents will be selected for each class with consideration given regarding how their involvement will enhance diversity, strength and learning for the group as a whole. A total of 30 applicants will be selected.

Who Should Attend?

Parents, teen parents, grandparents and other adults who wish to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

Program Details

There are no fees in this program other than your time and commitment to mentor the next classes. Dinner and childcare will be provided for all classes.

For more information, please contact us.