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.
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.
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.
FALL 2019 Leadership Academy
Applications for the FALL 2019 term (July – November 2019) are now OPEN. Click here to apply online. Applications are due Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019.
- 59% are youth
- 59% are women
- 73% identify as Latino
- 87% identify as immigrants
Fifteen graduates have traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the San Gabriel Mountains and Rivers on behalf of their community. Some of our graduates continue to stay involved with Nature for All by joining our Stewards group.
More than one-fifth of graduates have landed employment with environmental and community organizations, including Nature For All, the California Conservation Corps., the U.S. Forest Service, and the City of Claremont. Many more serve as volunteers at organizations working on local environmental conservation.
“I was surprised at the level of achievement I felt after completing my project and the Leadership Academy program. It felt so good to successfully complete both. And the impact it has made on my life was a surprise — it keeps on giving.” —Leadership Academy Graduate Megan Devine
Check out our graduates who have made the headlines:
Questions about the Leadership Academy? Contact us at Araceli@lanatureforall.org.