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Giving Maui parents a voice: Free program will train community leaders



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Only program of its kind in Hawaiʻi empowers caregivers to change their communities

KAHULUI, MAUI, August 20, 2019 — A free training program will teach Maui parents and caregivers how they can become leaders in their communities, and the public is invited to Apply Today.  

The Parent Leadership Training Institute Hawaiʻi (PLTI) is a unique program that teaches skills in leadership, advocacy, and civic engagement. Participants will learn how to effectively create change by attending evening classes and completing a hands-on project in their own community. Organized by the nonprofit Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network, PLTI is open to anyone who cares about the well-being of children.

“Parents and caregivers know the challenges their communities are facing better than anyone else, but their voices are often unheard,” said Deborah Zysman, Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network. “PLTI gives them the skills they need to tackle those challenges.”

Since 2015, PLTI has graduated over 35 alumni on Oʻahu. PLTI’s first Maui cohort will begin with a full-day retreat on October 12, followed by 20 weekly sessions and a graduation. The program will take place at Imua Family Services in Kahului, and free meals and childcare will be provided. Maui residents are encouraged to apply before the deadline of Sept. 30, 2019.  Click Here to Apply

“We’re excited for PLTI to build a network of parent leaders here on Maui. Many families feel they don’t know how to create change from a neighbor island, as they feel decisions are being made for them on Oʻahu,” said Dean Wong, Executive Director of Imua Family Services and HCAN Board Vice President. “There’s no doubt that these advocates will improve the lives of our keiki in our communities.”

PLTI Hawaiʻi is a chapter of the National Parent Leadership Institute, which provides the evidence-based curriculum. PLTI Hawaiʻi is made possible by supporters including the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, Atherton Family Foundation, McInerny Foundation, Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation, and the City and County of Honolulu.

About Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network (HCAN): HCAN is a nonprofit creating a unified voice for Hawaiʻi’s children. Its grassroots movement strives to ensure that all keiki are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. For more information, Click Here and visit the HCAN website.