James River Association Seeks High School Students for Leadership Academy

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James River AssociationThe James River Association is now accepting applications for the James River Leadership Academy – a yearlong environmental leadership program for rising 10th- and 11th-grade students.

Students who are “passionate and committed to protecting the future of Virginia’s natural resources” are encouraged to apply to the program by April 1.

The academy, which is in its second year, is structured around four leadership sessions during which participants will take part in skill building workshops, group discussions, team building exercises, environmental ethics discussions and outdoor appreciation.

The program’s curriculum is oriented around leadership development and skill building, and aims to help its participants become leaders for the environment.

Throughout the program, students will design an action project to implement within their community to put their new skills into practice.

At the culmination of the leadership academy, students will attend the Environmental Youth Symposium, at which they will share and build upon their action projects.

“After the success of the inaugural program, we are excited to once again offer the James River Leadership Academy as a ‘what’s next’ for students with an interest in the environment,” said Bill Street, CEO of the James River Association. “We hope to encourage, inspire and provide young people with the resources to become the next generation of environmental leaders.”

Click here to apply to the leadership academy by April 1. For more information, contact Georgia Busch, watershed educator, at 804-788-8811 ext. 214 or gbusch@jrava.org.