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 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 15 cohorts and a total of 183 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 have completed over 75 community engagement project funded through the Academy, that furthers our mission to Protect, Create and Connect. A hand full of graduates have continued hosting these engagement projects, post graduation. These projects include river restoration projects, Art restoration and improvement projects, ongoing hikes in low income and underserved communities, and many more. Administration of the program by Nature for All has been very effective; this can be gauged by the number of students.
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.
Winter/Spring 2020 Leadership Academy
Cohort 16 will be graduating on November 13th Location:TBD. Email Araceli@lanatureforall.org if you are interested in attending.
The applications for Cohort 17 will open up shortly after and we will share information via our social media and Newsletter.
- 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.