Parent Leadership Tennessee
Raise your voice, make an impact
The Parent Leadership Tennessee initiative provides parents and practitioners across the state the opportunity to advocate for programs and policies that strengthen families and communities. Using their own unique experiences, parents are informing decisions that impact children and families and transforming community practice. The Parent Leadership Team is composed of parents and practitioners representing the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services' 12 regions. Through monthly training, advocacy, and community involvement, the leadership team is advocating for policies that positively impact children and families across Tennessee.
join the team
Parent leaders are empowered to use their unique perspectives to advocate for policies and practices that have a positive impact on children and families in Tennessee and nationwide.
Parent leaders receive the tools and training they need to facilitate community conversations, bridging the gap between peers and local child serving agencies.
Parent leaders receive training in community engagement, effective advocacy and child about prevention during monthly online training and an annual retreat.
Parent leaders serve as the “parent voice” for their own communities and are encouraged to play an active role in community advisory boards, regional committees and national advisory boards.
Know someone who would make a great addition to our team? Complete the nomination form below!
A video created by one of our parent leaders in collaboration with the FRIENDS National Resource Network won 3 Telly Awards this year! Check out “A Caring Adult Makes a Difference in Child’s Life” here:
Unsung hero awards
The Tennessee Unsung Hero Awards are presented each spring by the Parent Leadership Team and PCAT Staff. We recognize parents and caregivers who demonstrate incredible resiliency, who draw upon a strong support system, understand their children’s development, show empathy and support toward their children’s feelings, and who are not afraid to ask for help when they need it.
Award winners are recognized at the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Children’s Advocacy Days and highlighted in local press.
Check back here this fall for more information about nominations for our 2020 Unsung Hero Awards.
2019 UNSUNG HERO AWARD WINNERS
West Tennessee: Michelle Williams
Pictured above with her family and a representative from her nominating agency, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center
Middle Tennessee: Ethel Johnson
Pictured below with her family and representatives from her nominating agency, Family and Children’s Services of Nashville
East Tennessee: Wanda Newman
Community Cafés are events that include facilitated conversations for parents, practitioners and general community members about strengthening families in Tennessee. Interested in learning more about or hosting a café? Request more information below!
Is your organization interested in developing parent leadership practices and/or more parent-centered programming? Schedule a site visit with our Parent Leadership Coordinator to receive in-person training and tailored support.