Do you care about kids? Do you want to make change in your community? You should apply for PLTI!

What does PLTI mean to you? Some lessons from our alumni:

“Support. Love. Encouragement. Community.” - Lisa Bond, 2021

“With the pandemic and political climate, PLTI helped me survive and focus on the best of what I can do and control to impact my community for change.” - Melissa Bazert, 2021

“PLTI has provided me with a safe space to learn and grow. Through my cohort, I have gained a network of peers and developed new friendships. The 21-week program allowed me to find my voice and build my confidence.” - Twyla Chrostowski, 2021

“PLTI has significantly altered my view of the world, in regards to my internal superpower for advocacy. It has truly been fascinating to collaborate with a various group of diverse and passionate individuals. As parent leaders, we are connected by the singular notion of improving children’s lives within our community.” - Vladimir Sainte, 2021

“I knew something about loving kids. PLTI taught me to love parents.” - Jensen Adams, 2020

“The ability to turn my passion into a mission.” - Jillian RainingBird, 2020

What are the classes like?

The first 10 weeks of the program focus on understanding personal history and leadership. The second half focuses on politics, policy, and media. Fellows also practice putting their passions into action by creating a community project.

PLTI provides childcare and meals for every class. If you have any obstacles to attending the course (such as needing transport or translating services) please reach out to us so that we can find a way to help.

Schedule at a glance

2021 Application Closed

PLTI is a 21-week leadership and civics course to help parents and anyone who care about kids learn about policy and how to enact change in their communities.

Applications for the next cohort open July 2022.

Know someone that would be great for PLTI? Nominate them!

Often times, parents and individuals who care about kids don’t see themselves as advocates or change-makers. If you know someone you think is great, let us and them know by nominating them via the link below.


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