Family Leadership Academy

The Family Leadership Academy is for parents and caregivers interested in assuming leadership roles within the Syracuse City School District and community at large. The series consists of six four hour sessions that teach leadership skills and increase knowledge of education, children’s mental health and juvenile justice systems. People are not required to attend all sessions. Parents and caregivers who have children in the Syracuse City School District can register online at

Click Here to Register (form will open up in a new tab)

Parents and caregivers that do not have children in the SCSD can register by contacting Marla Byrnes from NAMI at

Save these dates!

Feb 7: 10-2:30 will discuss advocating for your child with the educational system- special needs children service plans, addressing behavioral issues without suspension.

March 14 and March 28: 10-2:30 Mental Health first aid by CONTACT

April 18: 10-2:30 juvenile justice system and systems of care in Onondaga county Linda Lopez

May 9 and June 13: 10-2:30 topics still to be determined

Locations for these trainings still to be determined. It will be on the Syracuse City School District website soon. Any questions please contact the NAMI office 315-487-2085. More information will be updated at as it becomes available. This is a free training opportunity.

NEW informational posters

Board member, Marla Byrnes, was instrumental in creating a beautiful NAMI Syracuse poster complete with a tear off sheet of critical phone numbers. These posters will be placed in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and any public area where it would be welcome. Please see our website or Facebook Page for the full color version of this important and eye-catching poster.

NEW NAMI poster