On the evening of May 26, twelve Parent Leaders celebrated the completion of the 20-week Parent Leadership Training Initiative (PLTI). The Parent Leaders displayed their community projects for all attendees during the first part of the evening. During the graduation ceremony, the gathered parents and families heard remarks from CAPP's Deputy Director Rilwan Feyisitan, Jr. and other dignitaries. They also received citations from Councilwoman Sabina Matos of Ward 15 and Certificates of Completion recognizing their commitment to the PLTI program and their community.
After 20 weeks of meeting each Thursday evening to learn about civics and democracy, the Parent Leaders gained confidence in their ability to participate in local government and to advocate for their children and themselves. “PLTI has allowed me to grow as a parent, visionary leader, and a community resident, it allowed me to interact with other residents in the community that I would never have interaction with, it gave me a voice that was often times hidden," said Taritha David-Hill.
In PLTI, parents cultivate skills to positively impact children and communities in Providence. With over 20 years of proven, result-based outcomes nationwide, PLTI enables parents to become stronger change-makers and leaders.
Parents learn about diversity, problem-solving, networking, using online and print media, understanding local and state government, and about public policy and how it affects them and their families.
The mission statement of the National Parent Leadership Institute reflects the purpose of the organization. "The Parent Leadership Training Institute enables parents to become leading advocates for children. Parents' opinions are often unheard. They lack advocacy skills, but not the motivation or will to change their children's lives. The PLTI teaches parents, who wish to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children, how to become practiced change agents for the next generation.
Parents define the curriculum and participate in its evaluation and outcomes. Each class of parents mentors the next class, creating a pyramid effect of community caring and developing a coalition of parent leaders."