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 7-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:

  • Boys and Men of Color

Through dynamic 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.


 The 2019 PLI BMOC Academy application is open!

Goals of the 2019 BMOC Academy
Academy Workshop at Center for Urban Families
  • To enhance and sustain practitioner capacity to remain connected to programs that deal with boys and men of color;
  • To create stronger networks that support practitioners, and connect diverse sectors together to strengthen and sustain the field of boys and men of color; and
  • To provide strong channels of access to trainings, resources and experiences that can contribute to practitioner stability to sustain and improve services provided to boys and men of color.
The Academy Experience

Through a competitive application process, up to 15 applicants will be selected as fellows for this PLI BMOC Academy. BMOC 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 assignments, as well as support from expert faculty, Academy graduate mentors, and the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty through an online discussion forum.

Please use the following link to see the 2018 cohort of PLI BMOC Academy Fellows: Academy Fellows

PLI BMOC Academy Application Guide

Meet some of PLI's past Fellows
Wendoly Abrego
Creciendo Unidos
Pheonix, AZ
Shomare Braxton
Maryland Department of
Human Resources
Baltimore, MD
Eddrena Clark
Future Foundation
East Point, GA
Avis Files
Pathway Toledo
Toledo, OH
Kelly Little
Mecklenburg County
Child Support Enforcement
Charlotte, NC
Derek Silvers
STRIVE International
New York, NY
Michael Ruffin
The Network for
Economic Opportunity
New Orleans, LA
Robert Taylor
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, TN
Elijah Wheeler
Montgomery County
Collaboration Council
Rockville, MD
Napoleon Williams
Connections to Success
St. Louis, MO
Nikki Zaahir
Vehicles for Change
Halethorpe, MD
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