Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a local initiative of the National Parent Leadership Institute, an evidence-based program designed to increase parent involvement in community issues. After PLTI began in Connecticut in 1992, the Monroe County-based Early Childhood Development Initiative worked to bring PLTI to the Rochester community. Greater Rochester PLTI began in 2012.
Mission PLTI builds bridges and advocacy skills to support parents becoming leading advocates for children. Parents’ opinions are often unheard. They lack the skills, but not the motivation or will to change their children’s lives. PLTI teaches parents how to become practiced change agents for the next generation to improve the lifelong health, safety, and learning of children .
Family supports, such as child care, dinner, and transportation are included. Each class of parents mentors the next class, creating a pyramid effect of community caring and developing a coalition of parent leaders.