Based on the nationally renowned model from the National Parent Leadership Institute, Parents Who Lead is now in its third year in Jacksonville. It is made possible by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund through a partnership with Duval County Public Schools, the Jacksonville Public Library and the Kids Hope Alliance.

Applications for the 2021 class are due by Nov. 7, 2020, and applicants will be interviewed during the week of Nov. 16. Selected participants will be notified by Nov. 22. Weekly, three-hour classes take place between January 30, 2021 and June 5, 2021.

Through this program, you will learn to:
  • Have a direct impact.
  • Learn valuable leadership skills. 
  • Create a better life for children in your community. 
Read more about parent leaders and their work below.

To learn more about the program, please contact Dr. Maira Martelo at maira@jaxpef.org.

Participants in Parents Who Lead are expected to:
  • Attend the kickoff retreat and miss no more than 3 of the 20 sessions. 
  • Complete a Community Project to practice new skills
  • Complete a Civic Skills Pre and Post Survey
  • Engage other caregivers during and after the program 





Upcoming Event

Election Day

This fall, voters will have a chance to determine the direction of our public schools through four School Board elections and a referendum on a half-penny sales tax for Duval County Public Schools.

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov 03, 2020
  • Time: 12:00AM to 11:59PM
  • Where: Your polling place
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-penny for schools 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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Renaming Schools

You can help offset the costs of renaming six public schools that honor Confederates in their names.

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