There is no doubt that 2020 was not the year we imagined or prepared for, and we have had to make collective adjustments to take care of one another and carry on our work. Regardless of these difficult times and obstacles, we are proud to continue our work on efforts to achieve environmental justice, increase equity, and provide more access to nature for our diverse communities. People are coming together like never before and want to learn to advocate for themselves and their neighborhoods. Communities are rising, engaging in local issues, and speaking up for what matters to them. Leadership development programs like the ones Nature for All offers are helping equip community members with the knowledge, tools, resources and confidence to rise to the occasion and make a difference in their communities.
Our programs have become well known for creating community leaders and organizers and our participation numbers show there is a high need for community programs like these. However, for 2021, we have only secured funding for one Leadership Academy cohort instead of our usual two. Meanwhile, demand has increased with our programs’ wider recognition. In Fall 2020, we received 60 applicants for 15 spots, and will add the California Naturalist certification for the first time!
With your support, we can double our reach and offer a second Academy cohort in 2021 and expand our Leadership Development programs to grow more diverse leaders in underserved communities in Los Angeles County. Hear more about why giving to our programs matter here.
We we are really excited to announce that this year we will be hosting an auction to help us raise funding for our leadership development programs.