Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS)

Amplifying the voice of parents in Atlanta Public Schools.

Successful Schools, Successful Students

PLUSstacked(1)Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS) is an initiative powered by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Its goal is to strengthen the voice of parents and community leaders to engage and empower Atlanta’s public schools to become a beacon of positive academic success.

Research consistently shows that parents have the greatest potential to improve the education of their children through home, school and system-level participation. When parents and caregivers become informed advocates, there is proven change in transforming schools and improving educational outcomes for students.

Working together, Atlanta’s public schools can prepare the next generation of leaders. Parents, caregivers, teachers and school leaders all work hard to bring the world of opportunity to every student. PLUS unites those efforts, expanding the minds and capabilities through this team initiative.

For more information about PLUS grants and PLUS Academy, please contact:

Sherrie Woods
Volunteer Manager

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PLUS Academy

PLUS provides evidence-based courses that educate and empower parents to become leaders in their schools and communities. Click through to the underlined links below to learn more about the three PLUS Academy programs. The three PLUS Academy programs are:

  • PLUS 101: Provides information about the performance and transformation efforts underway in the Atlanta Public School system and across the state
  • PLUS 201: Develops and strengthens the leadership skills of the newly-elected Local School Governance Team (GO Team) members
  • PLUS 301: Designed to result in well-informed parents and community leaders who are equipped to lead advocacy efforts in their community or school cluster. Does this sound like you? Apply today to become a fellow.

The PLUS Academy is now open! View the schedule.


2017 Grant Cycle Timeline

Where commitment is high but resources are few, PLUS Grants can help parents and communities transform grassroots ideas and homegrown energy into projects that build relationships, change communities, develop leadership and produce lasting results. Grants range from $250 to $1,000.

Announcement: The PLUS program has extended the final grant cycle deadline for school year 2016-2017 to Friday, April 7th.

Application Review Date: April 7
Inform of Application Status: April 11
Site Visit Dates: April 17-21
Announce Decisions: April 24
Funds Disbursed: April 28

Eligibility and Application Materials



PLUS is powered by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and supported by donors of the Foundation who recognize the power that successful schools have to build strong communities, break cycles of poverty and help children realize their dreams.

Families First will implement a proven, grassroots parent engagement program in Boyd and Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy (formerly Connelly). HTI Catalysts, a collaborative network of consultants that provides coaching, facilitation and professional development to schools, youth organizations and community-based organizations, will be implementing PLUS Academy, bringing a proven curriculum model to help parents understand how to be successful in partnerships with schools.

Partnership for Southern Equity will help galvanize parent and community interest and involvement, as well as connect across the many community players that want to make a difference in schools.