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.

A new year, and a new PLTI class begins in Bridgeport

Some photos from the class retreat:




Friday, January 16, 2015

PLTI grads lead in the health care discussion

PLTI graduates were among those who came to the Legislative Office Building in Hartford last week to participate in "This is What Health Care Should Be," a forum on how to continue making Connecticut’s health-care system more responsive, more accessible, and less expensive now that the federal Affordable Care Act has been enacted. The event was sponsored by Christian Community Action (CCA) Inc. and the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut (LARCC).

In the photo above, clockwise from top left: Dawn Herring, Jonathan Stewart, Marilyn M. Carson, and Claudette Deer. In the photos below: Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman shares a few remarks with the gathering, and Mr. Stewart poses with state Social Services Commissioner Roderick L. Bremby. Photos by Kelly Martin.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

West Hartford class gets under way

The West Hartford Class of 2015--the fourth PLTI class in that town--began meeting on January 10 with 21 parents attending the retreat. In the bottom photo, Mayor Scott Slifka welcomes them.





Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kellogg awards grant to expand PLTI nationally

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $500,000, two-year grant to the Commission on Children for a national expansion of its ground-breaking Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI). The funding will also allow expansion of the program to a two-generation strategy, so that it includes the children of participating parents. Read more about it in this news release.

WTIC-AM morning host Ray Dunaway interviewed Commission Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman about the grant. You can listen to it here.

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