Created to provide youth ages 15-18 an opportunity to gain work experience, and get involved with their local wildlife federation branch, the Youth Conservation Leadership Initiative is a three part program that will promote youth leadership in our communities.
Phase One: Outdoor Education and Adventure
Participants will spend a jam-packed weekend in camp where they will be introduced to SWF’s core programs and basic outdoor education and wilderness survival skills.
Phase Two: Immersive Field Experience & Leadership Training
Participants will spend time immersed in conservation career work alongside industry experts. The breadth of possible field experiences is vast, ranging from research, fieldwork, visiting habitats or ongoing conservation projects, along with other experiences tailored to meet the specific conservation interests of individual participants. During this phase, participants will also learn how to administer an SWF program of their choosing to a classroom in their community. These skills will then come into play during phase 3.
Phase Three: Community Outreach & Engagement
Participants will lead an SWF program in their hometown. The local SWF branch will assist the participant in coordinating programming at a local school, and through the programming the students will be encouraged to sign up as SWF members and carry on a relationship with their local branch in some capacity.
Download your Youth Conservation Leadership Application today!
Deadline for applications to the first 2019 cohort closes January 25, 2019. The first groups of YCL participants will meet in the early spring of 2019! If you have any further questions feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.