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Apply for the Leadership Academy- Deadline December 13!

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Our Goal

To find, educate, develop and encourage environmental stewards to care for our public lands and to advocate for the protection and enhancement of our mountains, forests, rivers, parks, and urban open spaces.

Our Work

The Leadership Academy is a long term training program that focuses on developing organizing and advocacy skills, civic engagement, and local community action. Established in 2011, the Leadership Academy has thus far, graduated 16 cohorts and a total of 195 individuals. This hands-on training program is focused in low- income and underserved communities, in order to develop diverse environmental leaders. Our curriculum combines direct experience from coalition members and partners on a variety of topics, including direct advocacy, power analysis, public speaking, community organizing and other related topics. Throughout the academy, participants establish relationships among coalition members, partners, and other current environmental leaders, who then support participants through direct mentorship, employment, volunteering, and networking opportunities. Through the academy, participants will be invited to apply for funding (upto $1000) to create a project that furthers our mission to Protect, Create and Connect. Thus far, over 90 community projects have been completed through the leadership academy, and a hand full of these projects continue to be hosted by graduates today. These projects include river restoration projects, Art restoration and improvement projects, ongoing hikes in low income and underserved communities, and many more.  Upon completion of the training and an engaging community project, participants are stipend $500 for their participation.

Winter/Spring 2020 Leadership Academy

The applications for Cohort 17 are now OPEN! Deadline to submit applications is Dec. 13th, 2019

Leadership Academy sessions will take place in San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles on the following days. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions. Attendance of 80% (9 out of the 12) classes and completion of a community project are required , in order to receive a $500 award of completion of the academy. Participants will be given advanced notice of any changes to the session schedule and locations. Below are dates and pending locations for this cohort.

Leadership Academy sessions:

  1. Sunday, Jan. 12: Orientation ( 8 – 3:00pm)
  2. Wed, Jan. 22 5:30 – 8:30pm
  3. Wed, Feb. 5 5:30 – 8:30pm
  4. Wed, Feb. 19 5:30 – 8:30pm
  5. Sat, Feb. 29 9am – 12pm
  6. Wed, March 4 5:30 – 8:30pm
  7. Wed, March 18 5:30 – 8:30pm
  8. Sat, March 28 9 – 12pm
  9. Wed, April 1 5:30 – 8:30pm
  10. Wed, April 15 5:30 – 8:30pm
  11. Sat, April 25 9am – 12pm
  12. Wed, April 29 5:30-8:30pm
  13. Wednesday, May 13: Graduation (6 pm-8:30pm)

Winter – Spring 2020 Cohort 17 dates will be as follows. Locations are still pending and will be confirmed along with acceptance into the program. If you will be able to participate in the dates mentioned above and interested in applying, please APPLY BELOW:

For more information and pictures on the last two cohorts please visit the Leadership Academy Page or email Araceli@lanatureforall.org if you have questions.

Read interviews with Leadership Academy graduates.

Check out our graduates who have made the headlines:

Carolyn Jones from cohort 14 was featured in USC Story Space

Araceli Hernandez featured on LA Daily News for their Academy project: 818Hikes

Joel Glen and Christina Harrington create pictorial messages for Trump: Leave San Gabriel Mountains monument alone

We Need Your Support! Sign Our Petition and Help Us Protect LA's Largest Open Space and Natural Resources

We Need Your Support:  Committee Hearings on the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act

The San Gabriel Mountains provide 70% of Los Angeles County’s open space, and the need has never been greater for improved visitor services, access to nature for our diverse urban population, and expanded natural resource protection. To address these issues, the San Gabriel Mountains, Foothills and Rivers Protection Act has been introduced in the House and Senate to:

  • Expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by adding approximately 109,143 acres in the upper Los Angeles River watershed;
  • Establish the San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area for the San Gabriel and San Jose Foothills and the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel Rivers comprised of over 51,000 acres;
  • Expand Wilderness area designations within the San Gabriel Mountains by 31,069 acres; and
  • Designate 45.5 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the San Gabriel Mountains.
  • Please sign our petition to urge Congress to pass these bills to ensure our threatened natural resources remain protected, vibrant and accessible to all, now and for future generations.

Take Action Today!

7 de Noviembre: Introducción a Nature for All

Nature for All, con El Monte Promise Foundation presentan:
Naturaleza para Las Comunidades de El Monte

Las promotoras Lidia Aguilar y Ulmira Loza presentan la importancia del acceso y protección a la naturaleza, el trabajo de Nature for All, oportunidades locales para parques nuevos, las montañas de San Gabriel y cómo llevar a su familia al aire libre, saludable e involucrado. Bienvenidos padres de futuros naturalistas, científicos de alimentos, botánicos y conservacionistas!

Jueves, 7 de Noviembre, 2019, 6-7pm

Jeff Seymour Family Center, Cafeteria
10900 Mulhall St. 91731, proveera comida

Para registrar: E-mail Bryan@lanatureforall.org 626-246-8634

Nov. 7 Nature for All Orientation in Spanish

Our newly graduated Promotoras Lidia and Ulmira will present a 1-hour orientation on Nature for All’s work, in Spanish at the Jeff Seymour Family Center on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6-7 pm.

Thanks to our partners, El Monte Promise and their Parent Advisory Committee for this collaboration! Please share and invite Spanish-speaking community members who are interested in learning more and may want to sign up for an upcoming community base-building or leadership development course en Español!

Introducing Cohort 16!

We are super excited to announce the start of Cohort 16! 

Orientation took place on Sunday, July, 21. The orientation started at Rio Vista Park where we discussed and highlighted our coalition’s work. We then took a trip to Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center to discuss land acknowledgment and Native tribes that lived and traded in the Angeles National Forest, the work we have done in the Forest, and some of our local initiatives. Learn more about Cohort 16 by reading their bios.

Questions about the Leadership Academy? Contact Araceli@lanatureforall.org.

Apply to the Leadership Academy!

FALL 2019 Leadership Academy

Applications for the FALL 2019 term (July – November 2019) are now OPEN. Applications are due Thursday, July 11th, 2019.

Our Goal

To find, educate, develop and encourage environmental stewards to care for our public lands and to advocate for the protection and enhancement of our mountains, forests, rivers, parks, and urban open spaces.

Our Work

The Leadership Academy is a five-month training program of Nature For All that focuses on developing organizing and advocacy skills, civic engagement, and local community action.

Our Progress

Since 2011, the Leadership Academy has graduated 15 cohorts and a total of 165 individuals.

Leadership Academy Projects: Academy graduates have successfully executed 60+ community engagement projects around Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, and in the San Fernando Valley. Projects have included leading educational bike tours of the watershed area; organizing community workshops to raise awareness on protecting public lands among park-poor communities; and painting trash receptacles along the West and East forks of the San Gabriel River.

Read more about Leadership Academy projects.

Learn more about the Leadership Academy.