Enabling parents to become leading advocates for children.

PLTI builds civic engagement by ensuring that parents are enabled to use the tools of democracy to advocate for children and engage in the community.

In addition to taking in a 20 week curriculum delivered every Friday night, PLTI participants take on a community project as part of the program (often, it's the first of many projects our alumni lead).

With over 100 graduates, we have a lot of stories to tell, but we've picked just a few

  • The Children's Leadership Training Institute of Alexandria (CLTI) teaches the same concepts to the children of PLTI participants so the whole family can become more engaged in civic change.
  • CLTI is doing a group community project this year to further educate the community about the importance of recycling.
  • A 6 year-old participant used the skills he learned during the Children's Leadership Training Institute to deliver a speech to ACPS School Board and the City Council during the Public Budget Hearings.
  • Did you know other community organziations and programs including the What's Next Alexandria Community Conversations are now reaching out to PLTI when they need volunteers, facilitators and public support to expand their capacity.
  • Did you know every student in Alexandria took home a thermometer and tips for keeping kids healthy in 2012? The Washington Post wrote a story about PLTI participant Angela Drake's project to reduce the number of days kids miss school by stopping infections from spreading.
  • The BRYCE Project (Bright Resilient Youth Committed to Enrichment) brings near-peer mentoring from middle school and high school girls to elementary school girls to build self-esteem and promote community service. LaVon Curtis started the BRYCE Project.
  • In the last school board election, two PLTI graduates ran for the Alexandria School Board--Chyrell Bucksell and Bill Campbell. Bill now serves on the Board.

You get the idea--PLTI, through its graduates, is making a difference in Alexandria.

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