What is Parents Who Lead?

Parents Who Lead teaches parents/caregivers who want to improve the lifelong health, safety and learning of children, how to become change agents. Parents Who Lead is:

  • An initiative that seeks to turn parents/caregivers into civic leaders.

  • A training ground in civics and democracy.

The initiative is a partnership between JPEF, Duval County Public Schools and the Jacksonville Public Library. 

Benefits of Parents Who Lead

Parent Leaders are offered 20 training sessions using the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum which is built on adult learning practices. With this training, participants:

  • Have a direct impact and put their skills into practice right away, volunteering an average of two hours weekly.

  • Learn valuable leadership skills by achieving in leadership roles on local PTA, SACs, PACs or advisory boards.

  • Create a better life for children in your community by developing or participating in programs, foundations and projects.

  • Change laws and policies for the benefit of all families.

  • Make a real difference in the health, happiness and success of children in their community.

Meet the first cohort

In September 2018, 21 parents and caregivers were selected for the first cohort of the initiative. 


Read the story


In the media

WJCT aired a story about the launch of the program: "Duval Program Aims To Create Parent And Caregiver Leaders Who Solve Real Problems." Read and listen here.

Action News Jax interviewed Parents Who Lead participant Tiffany Clark about youth violence on Sept. 24. Watch the story here. 


If you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Maira Martelo (904-535-7143) or maira@jaxpef.org.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information. 


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