Supporting Leaders   |  Enhancing Capacity   |  Improving Outcomes

PLI needs your input!  To continue to grow and expand our program offerings, we need your help. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete the survey linked below. Your input is valuable to our ability to provide relevant and helpful programming. Thank you to those who have already completed this survey. 

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PLI Academy Applications are open! We are now seeking candidates for the 2015 PLI Academy. The 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. 

Click HERE to learn more and apply! 


As always, reach out to anyone on the PLI team and let us know how we can better serve you, better support your work, and contribute to the sustainability of practitioners dedicated to uplifting fathers, families and communities across the country!



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Webinar |August 20, 2014 | 12:30 PM EDT
Dr. Brenda Oyer brings her depth of experience in data management to the PLI Webinar Series this month. Dr. Oyer will present ideas for how to use data to tell a meaningful, audience-appropriate story. In this webinar you will learn how to use data to communicate with your leadership team, funders, and to employees responsible for data collection and documentation. 

Policy | March 2014


Using the National Financial Capability Survey, the Urban Institute examined differences among men and women in financial knowledge, behavior, and well-being. The study found that women are less financially knowledgeable than men and less willing than men to take financial risks. More differences by gender become apparent when separating men and women by family type. Read more about the findings here.

Give Families a Hand Up Out of Poverty with AFI Competition

Philanthropy | Deadline: October 27, 2014

The Office of Community Service (OCS) offers competitive Assets for Independence (AFI) grants. Selected programs will provide individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and related financial education services to low-income individuals for the purposes of saving earned income to purchase a home, capitalize a business, or attend post-secondary education/training. Grantees must provide non-federal funds to support their project.  

Publication | July 2014

Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2014 Kids Count Data Book. This 25th edition uses 16 indicators to rank states on child well-being in four main areas: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The Data Book also examines 25 years of policy and practice benefiting children in the U.S. Find out where your state ranks and download a national or state data profile here.

PLI Fellow Receives Recognition for Partnership Work


Good on the Ground|August 2014 
Current PLI Academy Fellow Anthony Dickerson has recently received much deserved recognition for his work in Caroline County Maryland. Mr. Dickerson's programs, Parents as Partners and D.A.D.S. Support Group, have won the Caroline County Public Schools Excellence in Equity and Diversity Award for their innovative community partnership with the Office of Minority Achievement. Congratulations!
Help Us, Help You


Call to Action|August 2014 
Please take 8-10 minutes to complete a brief survey that will help PLI shape our programming. Upon completion of the survey, you have the chance to win a full scholarship to the PLI Summit in March 2015! (Summit Scholarship is valued up to $700 and includes registration fee, round-trip travel expenses, and hotel accommodations.)  
The Practitioners Leadership Institute (PLI) is a national program of the 
Center for Urban Families (CFUF), and is designed to 
provide practitioners with experiences, skills and information that strengthens their ability to improve outcomes for low-income fathers & families.

This program is funded in part by