You know your community’s challenges better than anyone else.

The free Parent Leadership Training Institute gives you the skills you need to successfully create change.

The Hawaiʻi Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is open to anyone who cares about the well-being of children. Over the course of 20 free weekly sessions, you’ll learn to be an effective advocate for children and a change agent for your community. You’ll also complete a community project.

PLTI teaches you how to identify problems affecting children — in schools, communities, and local and state government — and work toward solutions. PLTI’s five cohorts since 2015 have trained over 80 alumni in Hawaiʻi.

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About PLTI

By exploring your own passions, strengths, and ideas, you’ll develop leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.

By learning about government and the media, you’ll understand how to engage with the political system to get your voice heard.

During PLTI, you’ll design and complete a community project related to something you’re passionate about. Previous projects include:

  • “Inspiring Voter Turnout in 96744, Our Kāneʻohe”: Increasing voter engagement through voter registration drives, absentee ballot registration, and candidate forums.
  • “How to be Safe on Social Media”: Developing a tool to help parents communicate with their children about social media and safety on the internet.
  • “The Gomes Mini Park Revitalization & Clean-Up”: Revitalizing a playground that was neglected and unsafe to create a better sense of ownership among the community.

Click here to see more community projects.

PLTI’s Impact

Hear from PLTI graduate Lisamarie on how PLTI helped transform her family:

The Details

What You’ll Gain

  • A better understanding of your personal history and its impact on leadership
  • Become more comfortable with diversity across people and opinions
  • Practice communication, public speaking, and media advocacy skills
  • Learn research, needs assessment, problem-solving and planning techniques
  • Learn how to work in the political system to get your voice heard
  • Complete a community project related to something you’re passionate about


This year's cohorts will begin in October 2020 and end in March 2021. The curriculum runs for 20 weeks total.

Download the flyer and schedules for this year's cohorts.

Application Process

Participants who submit an application will be contacted for an interview. Participants are selected from a diverse group of individuals, who are passionate about children's issues and policies, and also have an interest in developing their individual leadership skills.

Mahalo To Our Sponsors

PLTI Hawaiʻi is a chapter of the National Parent Leadership Institute, which provides the evidence-based curriculum. PLTI Hawaiʻi is made possible by supporters including the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (Family Health Services Division, Maternal & Child Health Branch, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Children with Special Health Needs Branch, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health, and Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant), Kamehameha Schools, Atherton Family Foundation, McInerny Foundation, Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation, and the City and County of Honolulu. Mahalo!