Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS)

Amplifying the voice of parents in Atlanta Public Schools.

Successful Schools, Successful Students

PLUSstacked(1)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.

Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS) was a pilot initiative powered by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Its goal was 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.

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.

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

Lesley Grady
Senior Vice President, Community

PLUS Academy

PLUS provided 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.

  • PLUS 101: Provided information about the performance and transformation efforts underway in the Atlanta Public School system and across the state
  • PLUS 201: Developed and strengthened 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.

Where commitment is high but resources are few, PLUS Grants helped parents and communities transform grassroots ideas and homegrown energy into projects that build relationships, change communities, develop leadership and produce lasting results. Grants ranged from $250 to $1,000.
PLUS Grants are no longer available.


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

Families First implemented 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, implemented PLUS Academy, bringing a proven curriculum model to help parents understand how to be successful in partnerships with schools.

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