The Family Leadership Training Institute

A transformative learning experience that equips parents who care to become parents who lead.

What 18 weeks of training in media, advocacy, civic policy, fundraising and more
When 5pm — 8pm Tuesday evenings, September to April
Cost FLTI is offered at no cost to you; your contribution is your time and commitment
Where Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center 4300 S Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

Featured Alumni

Kim Dejan (FLTI ’16) — Baking With A Purpose for Local Kids

Remember Mikaela? This 4th-grade firecracker graduated the Children's Leadership Training Institute just last spring. What you might not know is that Mikaela's mom — FLTI graduate Kim Dejan — is making waves too, turning her "Baking With A Purpose" project into free ongoing cooking classes for local kids.

Research data about school-to-work readiness shows that there's a significant lack of resources and counseling for students who don't plan to attend college and haven't chosen a career. Kim designed her project to inspire teenagers to pursue their creative passions, and to promote entrepreneurship as a career option.

+ Kim's Story

How it Works

Program Overview

No one knows what children need better than their communities. Now on its fifth cohort, FLTI NOLA is a place for parents and kids to learn about how to address those needs through advocacy, media, government relations, fund development and more. FLTI-NOLA is offered free of charge: in exchange, participants commit to attending classes and completing a community project.

FLTI NOLA is part of a national initiative created to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children by helping you develop the leadership skills to make real change – in your neighborhood, schools, communities, and state and local governments. Participants explore their passions, strengths, beliefs and ideas, develop interpersonal and public communications skills, and gain enhanced understanding of democratic leadership.

In our program, participants are also leaders. FLTI parents define the curriculum, participate in its evaluation and mentor the next class, creating a broad base of communal investment. Family supports such as transportation, childcare and meals are included.

The Curriculum

The FLTI curriculum consists of four phases:

1. A retreat for the cohort to exchange ideas and define the mission.
2. A 9-week course on parent leadership.
3. A 9-week study of politics, policy and media.
4. An ongoing community project that puts the training to work.

Session Topics


Graduates say what they learn about themselves and the world is life-changing. FLTI has helped more than 1,600 parents across the country make a difference by taking leadership roles in parent-teacher associations, professional careers, community organizations, city councils, and even education boards.

If FLTI is the right opportunity for you, apply today!

Cohort & Alumni

Coming soon!


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