On the evening of May 31st, thirteen parents received their certificates of completion from the Providence Parent Leadership Training Initiative. After a 20 week-long course of meeting weekly to learn about civics and democracy, the Parent Leaders shared the community projects they completed.
Throughout PLTI, Parent Leaders cultivate skills and gain confidence to participate in local government, advocate for their children’s needs in the community, and for themselves. The month-long community project supports and encourages parents to develop solutions to combat issues in the community that affect children.
The community project echoes PLTI’s mission statement, in which the program “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.”
With over 20 years of proven, result-based outcomes nationwide, the program enables parents to become stronger change-makers and leaders who know how to impact communities in Providence. 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. Parents also define the curriculum and participate in its evaluation and outcomes. Each class of parents mentors the next class, creating a pyramid of effect of community caring and developing a coalition of parent leaders.
"I feel I'm a better leader, I am able to listen to people when they are speaking, and I am able to observe better on what is being spoken. My communication level is clear and affected in competitive conditions. I love this class, it's helped me grow as a person and become a better public speaker. I have met great people and have gained great resources. I have learned a lot throughout the weeks we have been here. Thank you! Due to PLTI, I was also hired by Providence Promise, thanks once again," said Angela Tejada.
"PLTI has taught me how to improve my leadership qualities and social communications. I am now aware of my own community and other communities and how to help them. PLTI taught me how to take strategies and turn them into solutions. Now, I know about politics and the government. I love the new friendships, which I have built," said Jenny Garcia.
"PLTI has taught me about my community, how it works and also how to impact change in it. Most of all PLTI has taught me more about myself. My strengths, weaknesses, and how to interact positive changes in my life," said Jude Lenus.