The Family Leadership Training Institute
A transformative learning experience that equips parents who care to become parents who lead.
"For me, FLTI is ‘if not you, then who?’ And what I mean by that is who better to advocate for a community than those who live in it?"
"It's really enabled me to think through what it means to be a parent in terms of the community, social issues, and getting involved in the things that really matter to me."
"It’s just such a positive energy. You’re dealing with people who are passionate about helping young people — educators, advocates, leaders. This is what I see my colleagues as."
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.
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.
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.
If FLTI is the right opportunity for you, apply today!