Charterhouse Center for Families has announced the launch of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) program in San Joaquin County.
PLTI is a family civics initiative originated by the Connecticut Commission on Children. The initiative teaches parents, who want to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children, how to become change agents for the next generation. Charterhouse, a nonprofit organization located in Stockton, is the first agency in California to be certified in the Parent Leadership Training Institute program.
Parents are offered a 20-week course built on interactive adult learning practices: a 10-week course on building a community of parent leaders, and a 10-week course on engaging in civic and democracy systems within a community framework. The institute provides parents with the tools they need to bridge the gap between parents’ desires to improve conditions for their children and their capacity to do it.
A parent completing the program will possess greater self confidence and have the skills to engage in child advocacy efforts in their town or their child’s school, change laws and policies for the benefit of children and families, uncover new opportunities for community involvement, and develop or participate in programs, foundations and projects that make life better for children in their community.
To start the PLTI program, Charterhouse is inviting members of the local community to join the PLTI Design Team —the major decision-making body for the management and implementation of the PLTI. Representation is encouraged from throughout the community: private sector businesses, civic associations, media, health associations, education fields, etc.
For more information about the Parent Leadership Training Institute program or to join the PLTI Design Team, contact Mikey Kamienski, Executive Director of Charterhouse Center for Families, (209) 476-1106 or firstname.lastname@example.org