As a parent, you know the challenges your community is facing better than anyone else, but you may think "I'm just a parent, what can I do?".

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Hawaii is a FREE training program that gives you the tools and training you need to use your voice to effect change in your community.

At the end of 20 weeks, 25 parents and family members who wish to improve the lives of children, families, and communities will emerge as strong leaders and advocates.  This program is free of charge. Meals, parking, and childcare are provided at no cost to you.

*PLTI Hawaii is currently offered on Oahu and Maui. Further expansion to neighbor islands is contingent on funding.

The 3 phases of training:

  1. A welcoming retreat to develop group cohesion and define the mission.
  2. A 10-week course on parent leadership, understanding personal history and its impact on perception.
  3. A 10-week study of politics, policy, and media with a Community Project to practice your new skills within a supportive community framework.

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Hear from Lisamarie, a recent graduate, on how PLTI helped transform her family.

LearnWhat 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

Download a brochure for more information.


The curriculum runs for 20 weeks total -- 4 hours each night (including family dinner time).

Download a course schedule.

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.

Interested in PLTI Leadership Positions?

The application period for Site Coordinators and Facilitators for Maui and Oahu is open now until May 22, 2019. Click on the job descriptions below to read more. Access the application through the blue 'Apply' button.

Site Coordinator Job Description

Facilitator Job Description

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*Expansion to neighbor islands is currently under consideration and contingent on interest and funding.