Hard work pays off for graduates of the Parent Leadership Training Institute

Updated: 03/03/2014 11:37 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 10:46 PM WHEC.com

Their mission is to help make a difference in children's lives, and Monday night, several parents from around our area graduated from the Parent Leadership Training Institute.

These parents spent the last six months learning how city and county governments work, and how they can advocate for children in our community. Organizers say parents are a big part of solving the challenges kids face in our community.

One parent, Lynette Griffin, spoke with us about this program.

“It brought out a lot of information to help us become more aware of things that goes on in your community,” said Griffin.

Carolyn Lee-Davis, Coordinator for the Parent Leadership Training Institute said, “This is a model that actually comes out of Connecticut. Over the last 20 years it’s a tested model that works with parents to increase their knowledge. And then parents go forth in the community and work on behalf of kids.”

This is the institute's second annual graduation. Some of the projects these parents worked on included ways to forge a strong partnership between schools and families, and engaging young African American men in literacy.

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