The Grand Canyon Trust is launching a free, week-long training program for young environmental justice leaders!
Join us for seven intensive days of leadership training as we share stories, build community, and reflect on our connections to the Colorado Plateau. LeaderShift equips young people with diverse skill sets to create environmental and social change in their communities. This program, created by and for young people, will provide great experiences to curious newcomers and seasoned activists alike! You will enhance your leadership skills and build connections with activists who are effecting change across the Southwest.
The theme of this year's program is the toxic legacy of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau. As we follow the path of uranium from mine to mill, we will meet with front line community members to hear their stories and experiences with uranium extraction and other environmental injustices. Alongside experienced activists, storytellers, artists, and scientists, we will examine how these issues are connected and explore strategies for change at the personal, community, and political level. We will also spend time exploring, hiking, and camping in beautiful landscapes; cooking and eating as a community; and reflecting on our experiences together.
Who: Young people, ages 16-22, who love the Colorado Plateau.
When: July 29 - August 4, 2019
Where: From the Grand Canyon to southern Utah, and everywhere in between.
Storytelling as social change: Starting with your own experiences, explore storytelling as a tool for social change and relationship building.
Strategic communication: Learn tactics in various types of communication, including public speaking and nonviolent communication, to address diverse situations and audiences.
Race, power, and privilege: Enhance your understanding of the complicated dynamics of race, power, and privilege on the Colorado Plateau, and how these dynamics influence its past, present, and future.
Anti-oppression & environmentalism: Learn how oppressive systems like racism and colonialism connect and perpetuate environmental injustices, and practice strategies to overcome these systems in our own circles and beyond.
Post-extractive economies: Learn how individuals are developing innovative business strategies after the mines shut down.
Campaign planning: Learn how to plan effective and pointed campaigns for environmental justice.
Collaborative art for social change: Use art as a tool to communicate and support social movements on the Colorado Plateau.
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