PLI Academy



The most successful organizations are investing in the next generation of leaders to ensure a legacy within the RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD, FAMILY STRENGTHENING, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, and BOYS AND MEN OF COLOR fields.


About the PLI Academy
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, and/or 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.

The goals of the PLI Academy are:

•    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; 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 low-income fathers and families.

The PLI 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.

Interested in applying to join the Academy as a fellow?
The application process for 2015 (Cohort 3) is now open and will close on September 30, 2014. To learn more about the 2015 Academy and to apply for Cohort 3, click here.

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The PLI Academy is generously supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.

Academy Graduate Spotlight



Nate Lett
(PLI Academy Cohort 1)

Program Director
Beech Acres Parenting Center


“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.”


See Nate’s biography here.

Learn more about Beech Acres Parenting Center here.

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