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.
“We won our campaign thanks to Community Advocates Leadership Academy” – Morgan Aitken Young, Class of 2015-2016
“Community Advocates Leadership Academy reaffirmed my passion” – Violet Saena, Class of 2015-2016
“Community Advocates Leadership Academy taught me to speak up for my community” -Uriel Hernandez, Class of 2016-2017
“Community Advocates Leadership Academy made me a more strategic organizer” -Deb Kramer, Class of 2016-2017
“Community Advocates Leadership Academy gave me courage and strength” -Sylvia Ornelas, Class of 2015-2016
2017-2018 Class Sessions
September 9, 2017: Welcome to CALA! 13 tips from Santa Clara County 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 13, 2018: What Makes a Great Leader with Cheryl Johnson, Assistant Director of HR, Employment Development at Santa Clara University
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 Mytels
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.