The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) was created in response to a shared concern among our community partners that there are too few young people in the environmental leadership pipeline. As the "silver tsunami" of
environmental leaders grows, the pool of our next generation of environmental
leaders is stagnating - not because there is a lack of desire or passion from
the Millennial Generation and Gen Z, but because there are few opportunities that can shepherd
students in directing and focusing their environmental passion in their chosen career paths. To address this shared concern, the ELP was designed to specifically:
Our program focuses on recruiting primarily freshmen and sophomores so they can be fully immersed in the ELP throughout their college tenure. By engaging project leaders early, it gives them time to create, develop and implement community projects that address environmental issues and supports the missions of the ELP and the community partners. Also, the "real-world" experiences will develop strong professional relationships with the community and the project leaders.
Project leaders will develop interpersonal skills such as:
The ELP includes leadership development in areas of:
Workshops, in-house training, professional leadership facilitators and memberships in related organizations are all part of the leadership development component.
Upon completion of the ELP, project leaders will receive an Award of Achievement and letters of recommendation from the community partners. Upon graduation, they will receive a green cord to wear at commencement. They will also have a project portfolio which will showcase their community project.
In 2015, a pilot of the ELP was launched through the generous donation of The Cummer Family Foundation. The early successes of the pilot determined to fully launch the ELP in 2016. Currently, we are seeking grants, donations and sponsorships from public/private foundations, organizations and individuals. For more information about how you can support the ELP, please contact Lee Anderson, Director of Development - (904) 620- 5213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We now have 12 project leaders and it is anticipated the program will greatly expand throughout 2016. We invite you to meet our project leaders and learn more about how they are applying their environmental passion and leadership skills in their community.
Increasing pressure on our environment and our natural
resources demands we have leaders who:
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