Amanda Trout

Community Project/Passion

Implementing Bullying Prevention Program and Enhancing Social-Emotional Supports at Foreign Language Academy

PLTI Means to Me…

I am so grateful for my time spent in PLTI, for being in community with so many strong parent leaders, having tough conversations about systemic issues and inequities in a supportive environment, and for being encouraged to stretch and learn. PLTI has inspired and motivated me to seek more opportunities for community engagement to work towards equity for children and families, and has helped me learn skills to effectively advocate as a parent.

Anissa Parra-Grooms

Community Project/Passion

Northland Early Education Resource Guide

PLTI Means to Me…

Parent Empowerment!

Cathy L. Cowen

Community Project/Passion

Operation Imagination: Changing Lives One Mind at a Time

PLTI Means to Me…

PLTI is a coalition of individuals with common interests that work together by gathering resources for a specific goal. Throughout this program, I've become more self-aware of the way I show up in certain spaces. I've gained a sense of purpose and I've gained lifelong friends...even though they don't know it yet...lol.

Clark Congress

Community Project/Passion

MO LEAD-K Bill: Increase Kindergarten Readiness for Deaf Children

PLTI Means to Me…

PLTI is a great guidance for parents, advocates, and professionals who want to work with and make a great difference for our children, communities, governments and education systems.

Dacia Martin

Community Project/Passion

UrbnHub: connecting people to great opportunities and quality resources often overlooked or under utilized in the community

Janelle Matthews

Community Project/Passion

Blessings Under Disguise: Supporting Houseless People

PLTI Means to Me…

PLTI empowered me to put passion into action.

Jill Corogenes

Community Project/Passion

MO LEAD-K Bill: Increase Kindergarten Readiness for Deaf Children

Lauren Jenkins

Community Project/Passion

Equity with Charter School Policy

PLTI Means to Me…

This experience has stretched me in ways that I couldn't have ever imagined. Through PLTI, I have gained even more confidence as an advocate for ALL children, including my own.

Leah Maugans

Community Project/Passion

Crosswalk Installation - 93rd & Lee Blvd.

PLTI Means to Me…

I have valued my experience in PLTI. It has provided a strong sense of community with a diverse group of people that have one common goal; advocating for what's best for our children. This collective goal has created a strong sense of community that I look forward to carrying on through my future endeavors.

The tools and perspective that I have gained through PLTI have helped me put passion to purpose by providing tools to follow through on goals, which has helped to hold myself accountable. I am so thankful for what I've learned and the relationships that have formed through PLTI!

Mariah Roady

Community Project/Passion

Accessible high-quality early education and family resources/engagement

PLTI Means to Me…

In addition to the wealth of knowledge and greater awareness of critical issues affecting children and families, PLTI has given me the confidence to use my voice. I never would have imagined I would be advocating for children’s issues in our State Capitol! Through the support of the cohort and program leadership, I have truly stretched out of my comfort zone and this is only the beginning….!

Many thanks to Julie and the facilitators for creating life changing experiences for myself and the program participants. You make Kansas City much brighter!

Marisol Ramirez

Community Project/Passion

Transparency Accountability for Parents (TAPs), LLC.

PLTI Means to Me…

PLTI came into my life at a divine time, the right time. The message PLTI shares there is a support system to learn to advocate for your child/children. Gaining skills, and motivation to the unheard parents. PLTI brings together a vast network of people, organizations to help me expand my capacity to reach other parents, family, children and the community to become the continuing force to improve lives and with resources and sustainability of understanding policy, culture, processes, organizations, stakeholders, funding, and outcomes. This connection within my own cohort is the most amazing part of my week that I enjoy the most in a very long time. To speak on issues that are affecting Kansas City, education, children, advocacy, resources, funding, policies, law and how all are interconnected with outcomes that can go either way on the tipping scale depending on the actions. I have gained more motivation to move forward in a different direction I never saw myself in ten years ago or even five years ago. PLTI brings together a great diversity group on purpose and that is rich. I am glad to have been a part of this process, it is life changing. PLTI is the people I have been looking for so many years that want to advocate for the better of the marginalized and the underserved. That is worth its weight in gold.

Tricia McGhee

Community Project/Passion

Community building & parent power : for elevated outcomes for our latinx children.

PLTI Means to Me…

I’ll forever be grateful to those that continue to be my biggest teachers - fellow parents and those that care deeply for our children. Our time spent doing the deep work individually & in community together has shaped how I lead, how I parent, and how I show up in many spaces.

Georgia Mueller

Community Project/Passion

Visioneers Disability Navigation Network

PLTI Means to Me…

Confirmation that people need and appreciate community. Caring about our neighbors is a building block that can not be neglected. Together we are so much stronger.

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