2014 was a remarkable year at ELP with the launch of new regional networks like our Pacific Northwest Program for leaders in AK, OR and WA; a new 3 year partnership with the William Penn Foundation to launch our Delaware River Watershed Network; and the selection of new classes of Fellows in our New England, Eastern and Chesapeake Regions Regional Programs and a 2014 National Fellowship Class.
In addition to our Fellowship Programming, ELP grew and expanded its Senior Fellowship Programing which included our 2nd All Community Retreat, our 4th Annual Women's Retreat and countless meet ups gatherings for the nearly 700 members of the ELP Community.
In 2014, 89 members of the ELP Community volunteered their time and talent to helping our organization and community thrive and over a 100, like you, helped support ELP financially.
As we turn our eyes to 2015 we are excited to select up to 7 new classes of Fellows, expand our Senior Fellows Programming and actively work to create new partnerships and collaborations for leaders around the country.
We are currently accepting applications for all of our 2015 Fellowship Programs so if you, or someone you know is looking for an incredible learning experience and a community of practitioners unlike any other in the country - NOW IS YOUR TIME!
With over 100 new Fellows joining our community and at least one retreat every month this year - we hope you will consider renewing your gift to ELP knowing that each month we will put it to the best use possible - the investment in our most valuable resource the vast potential that exists in each of us.
Thank you and happy New Year!!!
The third and final training session and graduation ceremony for the 2013/2014 Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL) class took place on December 4th and 5th, 2014 at the headquarters of Defenders of Wildlife and World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. EWCL -- a collaborative project between groups like White Oak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Houston Zoo, and the Wildlife Conservation Network -- was designed to build further capacity for international conservation of wildlife within existing conservation organizations and entities. This is accomplished by providing training in leadership and campaigning skills, offering networking and mentoring opportunities, and facilitating tangible on-the-ground conservation projects that benefit imperiled wildlife.
The 2013/2014 EWCL class was comprised of twenty-two carefully selected up-and-coming leaders in the wildlife conservation field. Class members included individuals from a wide variety of non-profit, private, and government groups, as well as five participants from outside the United States. This group gathered in Washington, D.C. to present their final two-year project results, share lessons learned, participate in intensive skills and leadership training, and discuss project evaluation and career direction with mentors.
Training topics covered during this session included: Strategies for Getting Publishing, Fundraising, Multinational Environmental Institutions and Funding Opportunities, Advocacy Training, Endangered Species Act Primer, Presentation Skills, Working with Celebrities, Using Photography in Conservation Work, and Communications Training from Spitfire Strategies. In addition, participants presented their final projects to nearly one-hundred EWCL Board members, EWCL Alumni, and prominent conservationists from the DC area.
During the two-day meeting, the four project groups shared their results and lessons learned from their group wildlife conservation projects. They also received detailed feedback from EWCL Board-members on their planning, implementation and evaluation strengths and weaknesses, as well as advice on ways to build on conservation project performance results in the future.
Post graduation, participants were provided time to share their comments and suggestions on how the EWCL program could continue to benefit other up-and-coming conservationists. Their input from several evaluations will be integrated to help inform the workshops for the next class commencing in early 2015.
The mission of EWCL is to facilitate cross-organizational networking for emerging environmental leaders while conducting training and guiding concrete innovative conservation projects on a bi-annual basis. Wildlife conservation benefits from the nurturing of future leaders, information sharing and idea exchange amongst conservation entities, and the tangible conservation products generated as part of the group campaign exercise.
If you have any questions about this initiative, contact EWCL Program Officer, Anne-Marie Mascaro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-225-3359.
September was an incredibly busy month for ELP with the addition of our newest staff member Michael Gagné, our 4th Annual Women's Retreat, the 2nd retreat of our 2014 Eastern Regional Network, and the start of our 2014 National Fellowship Class.
In addition to our programmatic endeavors, ELP is also excited to have expanded our facilitaiton team with the addition of 2 Senior Fellows, Lylianna Allala and Shin Shin Hsia who shared their expertise on diverstiy and inclusion.
As ELP enters the 4th Quarter of the year, we have one more very exciting announcement up our sleve - but you'll just have to wait until December...