Leadership Academy

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The San Gabriel Mountains Forever Leadership Academy teaches civic engagement, community advocacy, and project management—in working to permanently protect and enhance our mountains, rivers, and parks, with access for all. To date, the Leadership Academy has graduated 69 people and completed 29 projects. Students have travelled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for their communities and continue to work throughout Los Angeles. Approximately 78% of our graduates identify as Latino; 57% are immigrants; 57% are women; and 60% are college-age or younger.

Leadership Academy Members Learn

Over a six-month period, participants gather every two weeks to discuss the San Gabriel Mountains campaign, community organizing, strategic planning, power mapping, public speaking, project management, local ecology, strategic media, and the role of art in advocacy. The program is ideal for: students who are eager to learn the process of leading a grassroots campaign; retirees who are interested in improving their neighborhood; and parents who would like better recreation opportunities for their kids.

Leadership Academy Members Receive

  • Training from experienced organizers and professionals
  • $1,000 funding to support your own project
  • $500 upon completion of the program
    (Financial aid is awarded, based on need, to cover transportation and family care.)

Apply for the Leadership Academy

Make a difference—apply online to join one of the most exciting public land movements in the country!


Contact Us

For more information, contact Duyen Tran at duyen [underscore] tran [at] tws [dot] org or 213-222-3577



Updates on the SGMF Leadership Academy

Blog posts on Leadership Academy students, classes, projects, and more


More Ways to Get Involved

Find out about even more ways to get involved with San Gabriel Mountains Forever campaign and check out our events calendar for opportunities.