An Environmental Leadership Program For The Next Generation

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Do you want to empower yourself as a leader for Florida’s environment and communities?

Join young leaders for wild florida (YLWF).

YLWF is an environmental leadership summer program for Alachua County teens hosted by the Alachua Conservation Trust. Get your feet wet exploring North Florida's diverse wild places on fun and educational adventures (including paddling the springs of the Santa Fe and exploring marine ecosystems on a research boat), and work alongside professional conservationists from Alachua Conservation Trust on hands-on land stewardship projects. During workshops and field trips with the Alachua Conservation Trust's staff and other community leaders such as a county commissioner and nature photographer, you'll be able to explore a wide variety of local environmental issues and careers while discovering your own potential as an environmental leader through student-led projects. You can look forward to discovering incredible wild places with new friends and mentors while gaining skills, experiences, and inspiration you can take to college, your career, and a lifetime of leadership and stewardship.                  

Who: Alachua County Youth ages 16-19. 

When: June 10-22, 2019. Current participants and alumni from the previous year's program have the opportunity to participate in a third week of activities, focused on in-depth leadership and service projects, from June 24th-28th. 

Financials: Donation-based, $30 minimum donation (our actual expenses are over $300/student). If you are on Free & Reduced Lunch, you may be eligible for a $250 stipend upon completing the program (see application form for more details).

How: Apply now at Short essay application. Our application deadline is May 1. 

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