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

Applications Now Open!

PLTI is a 21-week leadership and civics course that helps parents enact change in their communities.

Once you submit your application, you will be prompted to schedule an interview.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. We will make selections on August 15th, September 15th, the 29th.

Applications close September 22nd or earlier if we reach cohort capacity. Early Applications are strongly encouraged!

*Interpretación en español disponible

*Interpretation in ASL available

Schedule & Commitment

PLTI Classes will be held on Wednesday Evenings from 5:30pm-9pm. Dinner and childcare provided.

The Retreat is all day on a Saturday and mandatory. Parent leaders must attend the retreat to continue with the program.

We ask parent leaders to miss no more than 3 classes to graduate from the program.

What are the classes like?

The first 10 weeks of the program focus on building self awareness and leadership skills. The second half focuses on civics, policy, and how to navigate systems. Parent Leaders also practice putting their passions into action by creating a community project.

PLTI provides childcare and meals for every class. Transportation, technology, and accessibility services will be provided if needed.

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.

What does PLTI mean to you? Hear 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 are the people I have been looking for who want to advocate for the better of the marginalized and the underserved. That is worth its weight in gold.” - Marisol Ramirez, 2022

“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

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. - Amanda Trout, 2022


Not sure if PLTI is for you? Curious about a specific section of the course? Have an obstacle to attending the course that you need help addressing?

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