A parent is a child’s first and most important teacher as well as their biggest advocate. Stamford’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) offers in-depth training to 25 – 30 selected parents to foster strong leadership and advocacy. The curriculum develops parents’ leadership skills to address areas of concern such as the achievement gap, neighborhood safety, and the significance of parental involvement.

Under the PLTI umbrella, the University of Connecticut’s People Empowering People Program (UConn PEP) is being delivered to adults in the Stamford community for the 8th year. PEP is taking place for 10 weeks this fall at the Stamford Government Center. Its goals are to develop a greater understanding of personal qualities, increase communication skills, and improve understanding of community involvement.

Complimenting the PEP program, the Children’s People Empowering People Program (CPEP) empowers children, ages 5-12, to assume leadership roles in the community. This is accomplished through a 10-week literacy-based curriculum that parallels the adult PEP program. Each week, children go home with

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a free, new book to build their home library and reinforce what was taught in class with their parents. CPEP is being offered in English. A complementary dinner is served.

Questions? Contact Ana Gallegos, 203-210-0817 or Toni Khan, 203-979-6560. To find out more about other leadership programs such as PLTI, please contact Regan Allan at rallan@spefct.org