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Educating and empowering community members for civic leadership positions in NCW

Strong leaders are key to strong communities. That’s why the Community Foundation of NCW is taking a proactive role in training our next generation of leaders by launching The Leadership Institute of NCW to empower community members to become advocates for children, families, and communities. This program helps participants develop the civic skills necessary to connect with local government, analyze civic issues, and bring about change.

Participants benefit by acquiring tools that include:
  • How local and state government works
  • What public policy is
  • Understanding budgets and resource allocations
  • Ways to reach local, state, and elected leaders
  • Voting and why it matters
  • How to lead group discussions and gather ideas
  • How to work within diversity in the community
  • Ways to empower the community

The Leadership Institute of NCW is a bilingual (Spanish & English) 20-session training program that utilizes the nationally renowned Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) framework and curriculum. PLTI is a family civic initiative of the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity, and Opportunity. PLTI has partnered with parents and community leaders across the country for over 30 years. While the course is provided at no cost to you, consistent participation and commitment to the full course is vital to the success of the program. Please consider whether this is the right program at the right time for you. Family dinner and childcare is provided, as well as a stipend upon graduation.


Leaders are offered four phases of training:

  • A retreat to develop group cohesion and define mission;
  • A 10-session course on personal leadership;
  • A 10-session study of civics, policy, and media; and
  • A community project to practice the learning within a community context.

Anyone (18+) with a desire to improve the lives of children, families, and communities! This includes parents, grandparents, foster parents, single people, young adults, veterans, and community members. Participants must be interested in learning within a diverse cohort of local leaders. Acceptance into the program is not based on education, work experience, or immigration status.


Apply online in English or Spanish.

Participants will be selected from a large pool of applicants based on those who have an interest in leadership, seek to improve the community for the sake of children and the next generation, and are interested in learning within a group of diverse leaders. Accepted applicants will be invited for an interview; class size is limited to 25.

Application deadline is June 30th.

  • Location: In person at Wenatchee Valley College campus, Wenatchee
  • Times: Weekly on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 PM and three “Super Saturdays” from 9:00 – 3:00 PM on October 12, November 16, January 11.
  • Retreat: Saturday, September 21, 2024 from 9:00 – 4:00 PM at Wenatchee Valley College
  • NOTE: Retreat is mandatory and you cannot miss more than 3 sessions during the course to graduate (Saturday classes are 2 sessions in one day).
Dates Session Title
Sat, Sept 21, 2024 RETREAT Creating a Caring Community for Children
Wed, Sept 25, 2024 Thriving with Diversity in the Group Process
Wed, Oct 2, 2024 The Change Process
Wed, Oct 9, 2024 Parents as Change Agents
Sat, Oct 12, 2024 How to Investigate a Problem & Work Toward a Solution; Intentional Use of Language, Context and Frameworks
Wed, Oct 16, 2024 Learning How a Community Works
Wed, Oct 23, 2024 How Local Systems Work & How to Interact with Them
Wed, Oct 30, 2024 Networks & Coalitions
Wed, Nov 6, 2024 The Power of Media and How to Use it
Wed, Nov 13, 2024 Using Your Voice
Sat, Nov 16, 2024 The Life Cycle of the Child & Functions of the Family; Social and Economic Trends Affecting Children and Families
Wed, Nov 20, 2024 What is Public Policy?
Wed, Dec 4, 2024 How the State Works
Wed, Dec 11, 2024 How a City Works
Wed, Dec 18, 2024 How We Understand the Law
Wed, Jan 8 2025 Budgets – From Wallets to State
Sat, Jan 11, 2025 Evaluation, Outcomes, and Accountability; The Magic of the Unexpected: Forming New Alliances
Wed, Jan 15, 2025 Language: Packaging & Moving Agendas



Email claire@cfncw.org or call the office at (509) 663-7716



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