Strengthen your leadership skills and learn with other change-makers to make a greater impact. The Community Advocates Leadership Academy trains people who are working locally to make a difference on the environmental and social challenges of our time.
Participants meet one Saturday a month for half day classes in rotating venues throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Classes explore influencing electeds, leadership practices, goal setting, and more.
Scholarships available. We welcome anyone interested to apply regardless of financial means. Scholarships made possible thanks to the financial support of Google, San Mateo County Health System, and Committee for Green Foothills’ members.
“This is an important program because it teaches all that we need people confident of their capacities and fearless of change.”—Lucrecia Rivera, San Jose
“We heard success stories and were provided with support from experienced and connected community leaders.”—Patti Sexton, Milpitas
“The Academy is important because it brings like-minded individuals together in an atmosphere that is inviting and diverse.”—Kyli Arford, East Palo Alto
“I would recommend this training for anyone who is interested in sharpening their advocacy work.”—Nancy Reyering, Woodside
2017-2018 Class Sessions
September 9, 2017: Welcome to CALA! 13 tips from Supervisor Joe Simitian
October 7, 2017: Stakeholder Analysis and Increasing your Clout with Michele Beasley and Megan Medeiros
November 4, 2017:The art of the land use planning process with Councilmember Carlos Romero
December 2, 2017: Mock City Council Meeting
January 6, 2018: What Makes a Great Leader?
February 3, 2018: Advocacy Planning Pt 1– Goal, Audience, Message & Engagement with Lightbox Collaborative
March 3, 2018: Advocacy Planning Pt 2– Goal, Audience, Message & Engagement with Lightbox Collaborative
April 7, 2018: Bringing People Together for a Purpose with Debbie Mystels
May 5, 2018: Leadership through Empathy with Councilmember Ray Mueller and Networking 101 with Megan Medeiros
June 2, 2018: Graduation
CALA is spearheaded by Committee for Green Foothills. Key organizers include the County of San Mateo’s Health System and Sustainable San Mateo County.