Environmental Leadership Program opportunity - due Oct. 1
- ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 08/11/2003 02:18 PM -----
I am on the Board of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), a
organization. Please help spread the word to any emerging environmental
leaders (3- 10 years environmental experience) you know who would enjoy
opportunity for personal growth and participating in a community of
energetic kindred spirits! Thanks!
Apply now for the ELP Fellowship Class of 2004-2005!
Visit www.elpnet.org for application details.
The ELP Fellowship provides training, project support and a vibrant peer
network to approximately 20 talented and diverse individuals each year
all sectors of the environmental field, including nonprofits, business,
government, and higher education. ELP is committed to fostering a
diverse environmental movement capable of responding to our complex social
and environmental challenges.
The ELP Fellowship is an innovative national program designed to build the
leadership capacity of the environmental field's most promising emerging
professionals from the United States, U.S. Territories, and Freely
States. We define emerging professionals as individuals who are relatively
new to the environmental field with approximately three to ten years of
experience. Each year, a new group of fellows is chosen to join the ELP
community of U.S. environmental professionals from diverse backgrounds,
sectors, and areas of expertise. The two-year fellowship offers unique
networking opportunities, intensive leadership and skills training,
seed money, support, and time for personal and professional reflection.
Fellows join a community of diverse emerging leaders, and have the
opportunity to meet established environmental practitioners and experts in
the field. Fellows receive travel and accommodations for four fellowship
retreats; access to funding for leadership-building projects; and national
recognition through the program. The ELP Fellowship provides an
for talented individuals to have a unique and substantial impact on the
environmental movement through collaboration with other emerging leaders.
Applicants for the ELP Fellowship must commit to participating in four
retreats over two years?one in the spring and one in the summer of each
In 2004, the spring retreat will be held from March 17-21 at the Trinity
Conference Center in northwestern Connecticut, and the summer retreat will
held August 11-15 at The Mountain in Highlands, North Carolina.
in all four ELP retreats?in their entirety?is a mandatory component of the
fellowship. ELP pays all retreat travel and accommodation costs. In
each fellow has the opportunity to conduct a leadership building project
their design with support from the ELP Activity Fund. While fellows must
participate in fellowship activities throughout the year and complete
periodic assignments, they are expected to continue their professional
or studies. Some applicants may find it helpful to discuss ELP and their
anticipated commitments with employers to ensure they are able to meet the
requirements of the fellowship.
Retreats lie at the heart of the ELP Fellowship. Through hands-on
community-building activities, and participatory group discussions held at
the retreats, fellows learn the practical skills of public leadership,
develop a strong peer network, and explore ways to achieve lifelong
and professional goals. Retreats offer an array of training opportunities
topics including communications, fundraising, organizational development,
conflict resolution, which help fellows increase their effectiveness and
professional expertise. Fellows participate in discussions on the role of
types of diversity in the environmental movement; the current state and
future of the environmental movement; and the complexities of stimulating
public dialogue, negotiating institutional politics, and building diverse
coalitions. In addition, fellows engage in peer-learning sessions on
environmental issues, discussions with established environmental leaders,
conversations about leadership. Retreats also offer the opportunity for
personal reflection and are a critical component to helping fellows form a
collaborative and supportive peer network.
In their first year, fellows are given the opportunity to request grants
the ELP Activity Fund which provides up to$10,000 per participant to
leadership-building activities through individual and collaborative
Grants in 2002 averaged around $5000. Fellows are encouraged to pursue
activities that enhance their public leadership skills, build community,
strive for tangible environmental outcomes. The Activity Fund offers
the opportunity to collaborate with others within the ELP community to
their work beyond their specific area of expertise. In addition to funding
fellows' Activity Fund projects, ELP provides access to professional
services, such as consultation on writing, media, technical, legal, and
BECOMING A FELLOW
Who Should Apply?
The ELP Fellowship targets newly established environmental
eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social
ELP promotes diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, sector,
background, values and traditions, and issue expertise in the
field. In choosing each class of fellows, ELP seeks individuals from
these broad spectrums.
Applicants should be relatively new to the environmental field
approximately three to ten years of professional experience or post-
undergraduate academic studies.
Demonstrated talent as a practitioner or scholar is a
Participants will be evaluated on the basis of past accomplishments,
for future leadership, and potential as interdisciplinary thinkers and
Successful applicants must articulate a clear understanding of
specialized work fits into complex social, economic, and environmental
Applicants must be residents of the United States or U.S. territories. ELP
currently limits participation to those living inside the U.S. and its
territories, although we may expand internationally in the future.
ELP selects a group of fellows every year. Applications are available on
ELP web site starting in June of each year, and must be submitted to ELP