Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)

Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)

Apply today to join the 2023 PLTI Cohort!

Our 2023 PLTI Cohort begins on Saturday, March 11, and then meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-9:00 PM starting Wednesday, March 15 thru June 28 (except for March 22.) 

The Missoula County Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a free, anti-racist,15-week training in civics, democracy, and leadership designed for parents and caregivers who want to make a difference in their communities – but might not yet have the knowledge and practical skills to know how or where to begin, or who want to take their leadership to the next level. PLTI is open to Missoula County parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other adults who wish to improve the lives of children and families in their community.

PLTI is a national program with 30 years of experience across the country and a local program of United Way's Zero to Five initiative. The first session of Missoula PLTI began in October 2021, and our second cohort begins in March 2023.

What You’ll Learn

In addition to 15 weeks of high-quality education, participants receive:

2023 Program Dates


Nationally, PLTI’s thousands of graduates have gone on to write letters to the editor, testify before local and state governments, start nonprofit organizations, and even run for office. Graduates of Missoula’s first PLTI cohort in 2022 have pursued community projects, from creating a clearinghouse listing summer camp opportunities to establishing peer-to-peer mentoring for parents of teens with mental health challenges.

Application Process

Interested parents and caregivers should complete the quick and easy online application here by Friday, March 3. Once you've applied, the PLTI Site Coordinator will reach out to you to schedule a 30-minute meet-and-greet to share more about the program, answer questions, and get to know you a bit!

What Alumni Say About PLTI

“What I have learned through PLTI is that every parent has the power to make positive change happen, no matter how big or small.”

“PLTI means empowerment, knowledge, confidence and translating passion into action. PLTI makes you rise above yourself to understand issues around us and work toward solutions.”

“It’s not about left or right... It’s about making the community better for our kids.”

2023 Missoula County PLTI Team

  • Rajiem Seabrook, Facilitator
  • Joby McCarthy, Facilitator
  • Rachel Huff-Doria, Facilitator
  • Destini Vale, Facilitator
  • Sam Duncan, Site Coordinator

Our Civic Design Team members

  • Jennifer Banna, Montana Family to Family Health Information Center
  • Molly Bradford, Gatherboard
  • Pam Carlton, Missoula Public Library
  • Kira Huck, Foundation for Community Health
  • Katie Little, Families First Learning Lab
  • Emma Young, Child Care Resources
  • Roe Erin, Mountain Home of Montana

Interested in learning more? Email us.

Thanks to our sponsors for helping make PLTI possible!

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