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
- Did you know every student in Alexandria took home a thermometer and tips for keeping kids healthy this year? 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 last fall's 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.