• Parent Leadership Training Institute 

    In partnership with
    Decatur Public Library
    Decatur Public Schools District 61
    Macon County CASA
    Millikin University
    The Community Foundation-Macon County
    Decatur YMCA

  • Mission Statement

    The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) seeks to enable parents to become leading advocates for children. 

    The cornerstones of the program are: respect, validation, and a belief that when the tools of democracy are understood, the public will actively engage in civic life.


    New Sessions begin in October 2021. Classes are held weekly on Mondays with a family dinner at 5:00pm and class is from 5:30pm-8:30pm.  


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    PLTI Program Flyer

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  • Information


    Parents are given three phases of training with PLTI: 

    1.     A retreat to develop group cohesion and define mission (Retreat/Week 1 is mandatory, breakfast & lunch included).

    2.     10-week course on parent leadership, understanding personal history and its impact on perception.

    3.     10-week study of civics, policy and media with a Community Project to practice your new skills within a community framework.


    Parents will be selected for PLTI with consideration given regarding how their participation will enhance diversity, strength, and learning for the group as a whole.

    Who should apply?

    Parents, teen parents, grandparents and other adults who wish to improve the lives of children, families and communities. Everyone is encouraged to apply regardless of his/her age, gender, income, education level, race, ethnicity, and age of child.


    For more information contact: 

    Decatur Public Schools Student Services

    Allie Hammel (217) 362-3060 or ahammel@dps61.org