Do you know a student who wants to create a greater connection with the river they love? If so, we have two exciting opportunities!
The James River Leadership Academy is a year-long environmental leadership program for rising 10th and 11th grade students who are passionate and committed to protecting the future of Virginia’s natural resources. The program consists of a leadership development and skill building curriculum that will equip participants with tools, methods, and resources to become leaders for the environment.
The James River Leadership Academy will occur over the course of four Leadership Sessions. Topics covered will include skill building workshops, group discussions, team building exercises, environmental ethics, and outdoor appreciation. Over the course of these Leadership Sessions, students will design an Action Project to implement within their community to put their new skills into practice. This project will be led by individual students with guidance from professional mentors. The culmination of the year-long program is the Environmental Youth Symposium which will highlight, share, and build momentum around students’ community-based Action Projects.
Applications are also being accepted for the James River Expeditions. Students will paddle and camp each night on the James this summer while learning about the river’s history, ecology and economy. Each trip is a 6-day adventure that inspires leadership and self-confidence in its participants.
About Andy Thompson
I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?