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We are pleased to announce that Wendy Camilla Blackwell has joined the Center for Urban Families as the Senior Manager of the Practitioners Leadership Institute (PLI). As PLI's Senior Manager and a member of CFUF's Management Team, Wendy will focus on leading the PLI team to continue to build out the current program offerings, including Training and Technical Assistance, PLI Academy, PLI Summit, and Community of Practice. She comes to CFUF from the National Children's Museum, having served as the Executive Director and prior to that the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. We are so excited to welcome Wendy to the team!

PLI is committed to serving you and supporting your work as a practitioner working to uplift fathers, families and communities across the country! Visit  to learn more about all of PLI's services.  


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The PLI Team


Webinar |Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 12:30 PM EST
This webinar will provide historical background on the Black Church as a place for social change and its role in the community today. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the cultural context of the black-centered church, and how to approach a partnership while addressing the needs of both the community and the church. 

Policy | December 2014

The "Priority of Service" provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) requires that training and career services delivered used WIOA Title I Adult funds give priority to recipients of public assistance, other low-income individuals, and individuals who are basic skills deficient. This priority is important considering these populations were previously underrepresented in WIA programming.
Read more about this policy and CLAPS's policy recommendations here.

Funding| Letter of Intent due August 17, 2015 

The Provident Bank Foundation is seeking Letters of Inquiry and proposals for their Signature Grant Program which will  award grants of up to $100,000 for organizations working within one or more of three priority issue areas: community enrichment, education, and health, youth and families.  Click 
here to learn more about the grant criteria and the two-step application process. 

Publication| March 2015

A new research brief from BMA Funders demonstrates a trend toward increased funding from U.S. Foundations for programs working to improve outcomes for black males. The study shows a near doubling of resources explicitly designed to benefit black men and boys-a significant step in the right direction, as many advocates argue that traditionally, philanthropic investment had not matched the size of the problem. 
Read the research brief here. Read the article in Forbes here

2015 PLI Summit a Success

Event Recap| March 24-26, 2015 
 | Baltimore, MD

This March, the Center for Urban Families hosted the 2015 PLI Summit in Baltimore, MD. The PLI Summit brought together 100 nationally-located human service practitioners to learn, connect, and share on topics such as Child Support, the Two-Generation approach to fatherhood, and integrated workforce development models. Check out the presentations and agenda here.  

The Practitioners Leadership Institute (PLI) is a national initiative of the 
and is designed to provide practitioners with experiences, skills and information that strengthens their ability to improve outcomes for low-income fathers & families.

PLI is 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, Contract Number HHSP23320095636WC.