The Academy
The PLI Academy made me feel more confident as a leader in the field and in my agency, as I transitioned into the role of Program Director. The opportunity to learn and apply strategies, and to work with other fellows, helped strengthen my ability to network and go after new resources.
Nate Lett
Program Director at Beech Acres Parenting Center
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About the Academy Fellowship Program

The PLI Academy is an 8-month (March-October), cohort-modeled fellowship program designed to assist nationally diverse field leaders in growing their network, leadership, expertise, and capacity in one or more of the following focus fields:

  • Responsible Fatherhood
  • Family Strengthening
  • Workforce Development
  • Boys and Men of Color

Through a mix of dynamic face-to-face and web-based engagements, Academy fellows are exposed to content experts, philanthropists, policymakers and other key stakeholders, and provided with knowledge and tools to improve their leadership skills and capacity.

Goals of the Academy
Academy Workshop at Center for Urban Families
  • To enhance and sustain practitioner capacity to remain connected to the field(s)
  • To create stronger networks that support practitioners, and web diverse sectors together to strengthen and sustain PLI focus fields
  • To provide strong channels of access to trainings, resources and experiences that can contribute to practitioner stability to sustain and improve services provided to low-income fathers and families
The Academy Experience

On an annual basis, 10 applicants are selected as fellows for the PLI Academy through a competitive application process. PLI Academy fellows take part in monthly learning engagements (face-to-face sessions and web-based workshops), designed to strengthen and sustain their leadership, build their capacity, and positively impact outcomes for low-income fathers and families.

Each learning engagement is coupled with robust, application-based pre- and post-work, as well as support from expert faculty, Academy graduate mentors, and the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty through an online discussion forum.

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