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Environmental Leadership Program opportunity - due Oct. 1

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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    ... Dear Colleagues, I am on the Board of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), a fantastic organization. Please help spread the word to any emerging
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      ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 08/11/2003 02:18 PM -----


      Dear Colleagues,
      I am on the Board of the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), a
      fantastic
      organization. Please help spread the word to any emerging environmental
      leaders (3- 10 years environmental experience) you know who would enjoy
      the
      opportunity for personal growth and participating in a community of
      diverse,
      energetic kindred spirits! Thanks!
      -- Lily

      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
      from
      all sectors of the environmental field, including nonprofits, business,
      government, and higher education. ELP is committed to fostering a
      reflective,
      diverse environmental movement capable of responding to our complex social

      and environmental challenges.

      FELLOWSHIP DETAILS


      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
      Associated
      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,
      project
      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
      opportunity
      for talented individuals to have a unique and substantial impact on the
      environmental movement through collaboration with other emerging leaders.

      Required Commitments

      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
      year.
      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
      be
      held August 11-15 at The Mountain in Highlands, North Carolina.
      Participation
      in all four ELP retreats?in their entirety?is a mandatory component of the

      fellowship. ELP pays all retreat travel and accommodation costs. In
      addition,
      each fellow has the opportunity to conduct a leadership building project
      of
      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
      jobs
      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


      Retreats lie at the heart of the ELP Fellowship. Through hands-on
      training,
      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
      personal
      and professional goals. Retreats offer an array of training opportunities
      on
      topics including communications, fundraising, organizational development,
      and
      conflict resolution, which help fellows increase their effectiveness and
      professional expertise. Fellows participate in discussions on the role of
      all
      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
      current
      environmental issues, discussions with established environmental leaders,
      and
      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.


      Activity Fund


      In their first year, fellows are given the opportunity to request grants
      from
      the ELP Activity Fund which provides up to$10,000 per participant to
      support
      leadership-building activities through individual and collaborative
      projects.
      Grants in 2002 averaged around $5000. Fellows are encouraged to pursue
      activities that enhance their public leadership skills, build community,
      and
      strive for tangible environmental outcomes. The Activity Fund offers
      fellows
      the opportunity to collaborate with others within the ELP community to
      expand
      their work beyond their specific area of expertise. In addition to funding

      fellows' Activity Fund projects, ELP provides access to professional
      support
      services, such as consultation on writing, media, technical, legal, and
      financial issues.



      BECOMING A FELLOW

      Who Should Apply?
       The ELP Fellowship targets newly established environmental
      practitioners
      eager to connect their specialized work to larger environmental and social

      concerns.
       ELP promotes diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, sector,
      professional
      background, values and traditions, and issue expertise in the
      environmental
      field. In choosing each class of fellows, ELP seeks individuals from
      across
      these broad spectrums.
       Applicants should be relatively new to the environmental field
      with
      approximately three to ten years of professional experience or post-
      undergraduate academic studies.
       Demonstrated talent as a practitioner or scholar is a
      prerequisite.
      Participants will be evaluated on the basis of past accomplishments,
      promise
      for future leadership, and potential as interdisciplinary thinkers and
      effective communicators.
       Successful applicants must articulate a clear understanding of
      how their
      specialized work fits into complex social, economic, and environmental
      issues.

      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.

      Application Process

      ELP selects a group of fellows every year. Applications are available on
      the
      ELP web site starting in June of each year, and must be submitted to ELP
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