The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a free, 12 week, 6 hours per week leadership course for parents, guardians, grandparents, community members and anyone working with families. The goal of the PLTI is to increase community engagement in civic matters, public education and youth development. It is held at Everett Community College in the spring and fall of every calendar year, but is currently offered only online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PLTI is led by credentialed facilitators who are certified by the National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) after completing intensive training. Facilitators are required to:
- understand civics and the democratic process;
- have knowledge about state and community policy issues;
- embrace diversity;
- understand the need for parent engagement in the community;
- see parents/guardians/community members as community assets;
- be inspiring!
They are accompanied by guest presenters such as business leaders, elected officials, service/health providers, school district officials and guided by a Civic Design Team formed by school and community leaders.
The Children’s Leadership Training Institute (CLTI), a free leadership course for children ages 6 – 12, is offered to the children of those enrolled in the PLTI.
The PLTI curriculum is an in-depth program centered on the belief that democracy is the bridge linking communities, families, diverse cultures and races. The curriculum is broken down into two sessions which paves a path to a greater understanding of our role in the community and the systems that are in place. It is a catalyst for self-reflection, awareness, analysis and transformation. We believe that everyone can be empowered to improve their lives and the lives of others.