PLI Academy
The most successful organizations are investing in the next generation of leaders to ensure a legacy within the responsible fatherhood, family strengthening and workforce development fields.

The PLI Academy is an 8-month (March - October), non-traditional leadership program designed to assist nationally diverse field leaders in growing their network and expertise in one or more of the following areas: Responsible Fatherhood, Family Stability, Workforce Development, and/or Boys and Men of Color.

Supported through generous funds provided by the Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement and the US Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Family Assistance, the Academy is structured to promote and sustain leadership and capacity within the fields.


Exposing and connecting practitioners to content experts, philanthropists, policymakers and other key stakeholders, is coupled with the programs' intentional model of bringing together practitioners with diverse experience levels, and providing educational sessions through a mix of dynamic face-to-face and web-based engagements.

Goals & Objectives

  • 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.

Benefits to Academy Fellows

  • Ongoing Connection to Educational Opportunities. Structured in-person and web-based engagements, including free access to the 2014 PLI National Summit.
  • Access to Exclusive Online PLI Academy Portal. Exclusive access to PLI Academy faculty and Academy graduates via a discussion board, recorded educational sessions and web-based engagements, and other field resources.
  • Opportunities to Contribute.  Opportunities to provide blog and/or social media content, and serve as a content expert leading trainings, workshops and/or web-based engagements.
  • Enhanced Network. Access to a diverse network of field leaders, practitioners, policymakers, philanthropists, and content experts.
  • Program Valuation Report. Outcomes report provided to each Academy fellow detailing your Program Return on Investment (PROI) - presented at conclusion of 8-month Academy program.
  • Ongoing Practitioner Support. Graduate fellows matriculate through the program and are afforded ongoing support, for as long as they remain connected to the field(s).

The 2014 PLI Academy cohort cycle is 100% subsidized through the generous support of the US Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Family Assistance, and the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement. This includes materials, workshops, travel, lodging, and other programmatic costs.

Admissions & Application Information

The application process for the 2014 PLI Academy cohort is closed. Stay tuned for information on the 2015 cohort application process, which will open in the summer of 2014!

James C. Durrah, II
Communications & Digital Strategy Manager
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