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Parent Leadership Institute reunion
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United Way staff and parent educators who had participated in the Vision and Voice Family Leadership Institute during a reunion at Rockdale Career Academy. - photo by Michelle Kim

Parent Educators from Rockdale County Public Schools and United Way of Greater Atlanta staff gathered June 4 at Rockdale Career Academy for a Vision and Voice Family Leadership Institute Reunion.

Last year, 25 participants graduated from the United Way-sponsored program, which builds the leadership capacity of parents. Institute participants focus on honing skills such as communicating effectively with school staff, goal setting and assessment, as well as developing community projects. The Reunion centered on celebrating goals achieved over the past year and establishing additional ones. 

The overall aim of Vision and Voice is to build the skills and capacity of parents to take greater leadership roles in the systems serving their children, including early learning programs and schools. Participants learn how to advocate for their children as they transition to kindergarten and move through the educational process.

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The United Way of Greater Atlanta is the second-largest in the nation with more than $80 million in fundraising annually. For more information, visit