Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Danbury parent leader defends Parent Trust Fund

Danbury parent leader Maria Prosecuter has written a strong defense of the Parent Trust Fund in a letter to the editor of the Danbury Daily Voice. The Fund, which supports PLTI and other parent leadership initiatives, is in danger of losing its funding under the proposed budget that Governor Malloy has submitted the state legislature. Maria argues that programs like PLTI should be recognized as "the gateway to progress."

Bridgeport CLTI making an impact

That's Bridgeport Children's Leadership Training Institute (CLTI) graduate Leah Attai on the right, with Lead Teacher Gina LeVon Simpson. They're holding some of the stuffed toys that Leah made for the emergency shelter which the Center for Family Justice operates for adults and children fleeing abusive situations. Leah and the current CLTI class are also helping CFJ and the Daniel Trust Foundation by collecting "gently used" toys, redeeming bottles, and seeking contributions. In addition, the students are collecting toiletries for homeless veterans. Way to go, kids!

Monday, March 2, 2015

What you didn't know about the Parent Trust Fund

The Parent Trust Fund, created by the General Assembly in 2001, is the first family civics initiative focused on training parents in the leadership skills needed to improve the health, safety, and learning outcomes of children. PLTI is one of the initiatives it supports. You can learn more about how the Fund works, what it has accomplished, and in which towns and cities it currently operates by downloading this primer.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Plymouth PLTI celebrates its fifth

Plymouth PLTI marked its fifth anniversary by holding an alumni reunion last night at the Lyceum in the Terryville section of town. The event was also held in recognition of National Parent Leadership Month.

On hand to congratulate the alumni were state Senator Henri Martin and state Representative Whit Betts, both of whom serve Plymouth. In keynote remarks, they talked about the developing state budget debate and encouraged parent leaders to stay involved in community and state issues.

Senator Martin brought with him a Connecticut General Assembly proclamation recognizing Plymouth PLTI for "five years of outstanding work for the parents and children of West-Central Connecticut."

Click to enlarge any of the photos:

From left: Senator Henri Martin; Parents SEE graduate Donna O’Such, who is also the chief professional officer of the United Way of West Central Connecticut; PLTI graduate and Plymouth Site Coordinator Linda Schnaars; PLTI graduate and Plymouth Training Coordinator Donna Koser; and state Representative Whit Betts.

Senator Henri Martin reads the General Assembly proclamation. Looking on are, from left, Plymouth PLTI coordinators Linda Schnaars and Donna Koser.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bloomfield PLTI class gets under way

Some photos from the class retreat, held at the First United Church of Christ in Bloomfield Center. Click on any of them to enlarge.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Milford retreat visited by state representative

When the Milford PLTI Class of 2015 held a retreat to kick off its sessions last Saturday, the parents got a visit and some words of encouragement from state Representative Pam Staneski. Here's an article that appeared in the Milford Patch and a news release from the representative, who said:
"I was honored to welcome the members of the 6th class of the PLTI to their first class. Their commitment to this eighteen week course is a testament to their desire to positively impact our community. As those who have attended the program before them, these ladies and gentlemen will be the future advocates and leaders of our community."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A formidable mother-daughter team

That's 2014 Danbury PLTI graduate Sandra Prendergast with her daughter, Lexie, at a recent farewell reception in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senate pages. Lexie spent the previous four months as a page for Senator Chris Murphy. And last spring, while her mother attended PLTI, she volunteered in the CLTI program, helping to teach children about government and democracy.

Sandra says she's "very proud of Lexie's commitment and resilience to complete such a rigorous program. At this age, her interest in government and public policy will help shape her future plans in any career she chooses."

Thanks to Katherine Tucker for the photo and information.