Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Parent Leadership Training Institute Events

From Rebecca Deotte.
The Middletown Public School district, in collaboration with the Connecticut Commission on Children and funding from the Parent Trust Fund will be offering free program, Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), to individuals interested in becoming leading advocates and empowered organizers for children and families. Participants finish their PLTI classroom experience with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare themselves as community leaders. Alumni have stated, “This is not just a program it is a life changing experience.”

The Parent Leadership Training Institute enables parents and guardians (or adults who work with and care about children) to become advocates for children. The cornerstones of the program are respect, validation and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will actively engage in civic life. The FREE classes include a Saturday Retreat, 18 Thursday evening sessions from 5 – 8:30 pm, with dinner and children’s program, Children’s Leadership Training Institute (CLTI). The Retreat is Saturday, Jan. 11 2014; with Thursday classes beginning January 16, 2014. Classes will be held at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 370 Hunting Hill Ave, Middletown.

As part of a continuum of Parent Leadership programs, two informational sessions will be held for individuals interested in signing up for PLTI . On November 20, at the Middletown Adult Education Center, 398 Main St, (access from Melilli plaza in rear of building) from 6:30 -8 pm and on December 3, from 11am-12:30 pm at the Farm Hill School Family Resource Center. Childcare is available for children over the age of 4 and a refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in applying to the program will have the chance to interview immediately after the info session. Pre-registration is suggested.

Additionally, on November 12, at 11:30 am, a Lunch & Learn program will be held at the Middletown Board of Education (conf. room A) for community providers who work with the families of Middlesex County. The purpose of the lunch and learn is to give health and human service agencies, a better understanding of PLTI and how it can help families and the community.

 Those interested in Parent Leadership programs or attending an info session, should call Rebecca Deotte, Parent Leadership Coordinator, at 860-638-1463 or email

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