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West Hartford's The Bridge to Offer Parent Leadership Training Institute

Sessions will be offered on public speaking, the legislative process, state and local budgets, evaluation and program accountability, how state and local government work, and understanding economic trends and their impact on families.

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The following is a press release from The Bridge:

The Bridge is offering the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) from January through June 2014 through its Family Resource Center (FRC) at Charter Oak International Academy. It is a 20-week class in civic engagement that culminates in an individual service project. Sessions will be offered on public speaking, the legislative process, state and local budgets, evaluation and program accountability, how state and local government work, and understanding economic trends and their impact on families. We are recruiting 20 to 25 parents who live or work in West Hartford. Upon graduating from the program, these parents will share their knowledge with other parents in future sessions of PLTI, passing along the lessons learned to increase the number of parents advocating on behalf of all children.

If you are interested in participating, contact Deborah Zipkin or call 860-233-4701. An all-day retreat for participants will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Conard High School. The first class will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9. All classes will be at Conard. There is no fee to participate. Childcare and dinner will be provided at each session.

The program is funded by a grant of $38,200.45 from the State Education Resource Center (SERC) and the CT Parent Information and Resource Center (CTPIRC).

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