By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Registration for a free 11-week Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) designed to develop leadership and public speaking abilities in parents, children, community members, and family professionals is now open.
Parent Leadership Training Institute graduates receive five college credits toward higher education goals by attending this Everett Community College course sponsored by Washington Family Engagement.
The accompanying Children’s Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) is free to children (ages 3 to 12 years) of the parents attending the college course.
Children attend age-appropriate, literacy-based, leadership classes and receive a take-home book every session.
Both institutes run six-hours per week beginning Saturday, February 22, 2020, and ending Saturday, May 16th.
Classes are held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Everett Community College.
Children and parents attend a graduation at the Washington State Capitol upon completion.
The student application process opened on January 6th and closes on February 7th.
Only 25 slots were still available as of January 23, 2020.
The following information is from the Washington Family Engagement website.
About the PLTI and CLTI
Washington Family Engagement brought the PLTI and the CLTI to Washington State from an evidence-based, two-generational model created by the State of Connecticut and the National Parent Leadership Training Institute. The programs are centered on the belief that democracy is the bridge linking communities, families, diverse cultures and races and that everyone has a voice and can become empowered to improve children and family outcomes. The model has been a catalyst for improving communities in 17 states in the nation for over 22 years.
Parent Leadership Training Institute classes are led by credentialed facilitators helped by guest presenters such as business leaders, elected officials, service/health providers and school district officials. As a graduation requirement, students develop and implement an individual community project to benefit their schools or communities.
The Children's Leadership Training Institute is a literacy-based civics and leadership program for the children of parents attending the Parent Leadership Training Institute. Children 3 to 12 years old learn the same topics their parents learn via an age-appropriate, literacy-based curriculum. They practice reading, leadership skills and learn how speak in public. Each CLTI student receives a take-home book at every session to build a home library. As a graduation requirement, each CLTI cohort develops and implements a community project.
Agency and action
Since 2016 several cohorts of parent leaders from Everett, Edmonds, Shoreline, Mukilteo, Northshore, and Seattle have graduated from the PLTI at the State Capitol in Olympia. They have implemented community projects in the areas of health, special needs, pre-K-12 education, community and school improvement and pre-school support.
PLTI graduates feel empowered and ready to improve their lives and the lives of others,. Many are attending college, gotten new jobs, advocated for legislation in Olympia and helped improve their neighborhoods.They give back to the community and know they can make a difference.
Washington Family Engagement provides opportunities for parent graduates to become credentialed as PLTI and CLTI facilitators and work in our Institutes.