FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2016
WHAT: The San Gabriel Mountains Forever coalition is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of its Leadership Academy program with a ceremony to honor 13 new graduates and community leaders.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 6-8:30 pm
WHERE: Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council Conference Room (905 E. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021)
WHO: San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF); keynote speaker Juan D. Martinez, Director of Leadership Development and Natural Leaders Network, Children and Nature Network, and Ambassador for Outdoor Engagement for North Face; honorees: REI Co-Op, Metro Board Chair John Fasana, SGMF Volunteers
WHY: This is where change begins! SGMF is building the next generation of environmental stewards right here in the Los Angeles area. SGMF’s Leadership Academy is proud to claim 93 graduates; the majority are youth and women from communities of color. Academy graduates have successfully executed 39 community engagement projects around Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, and San Fernando Valley. Past projects range from a book of photography and writing by Latinas inspired by their first visit to the San Gabriel Mountains; arts-based environmental conservation workshops for San Gabriel youth; and participant-organized town halls for park-poor communities to learn about and care for public lands. Fifteen graduates have traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of their community for the San Gabriel Mountains and Rivers. Graduates have landed internships and employment with SGMF, the California Conservation Corps., The Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, the US Forest Service, and the City of Claremont and volunteer at various environmental conservation organizations.
ABOUT SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS FOREVER: For more than a decade, San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) has worked to protect, enhance, and provide access for all to our forests, rivers, and parks, and to develop a new, diverse generation of environmental stewards to care for our public lands. SGMF is a diverse partnership of local residents, cities, businesses, faith and community leaders, health and environmental justice organizations, and recreation and conservation groups working collaboratively with local communities and elected leaders. SGMF is best known as the lead community group building support for the designation of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.