Meet our newest cohort of change-makers, the Community Advocates Leadership Academy class of 2017-2018. CALA’s goal is to stimulate the local climate of civic activism in support of environmental sustainability, public health, and social justice. This year’s program kicked off on September 9, 2017 at Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto, with Santa Clara County...
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Thank you from the CALA class of 2017-2018
THANK YOU! The Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA) class of 2017-2018 appreciates your support so that we might offer scholarships to all participants who requested one. Here’s what this year’s class had to say about your support: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in CALA. I could not have done this without...
Congrats CALA Graduates!
The 31 graduates of the Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA) Class of 2017 celebrated their graduation on June 3. Graduates of all ages had taken 10 Saturday classes, one a month, to learn to make a difference in the environmental and social challenges of our time. “We had wonderful guest speakers,” said graduating student Doreen Villemaire....
Deb Kramer: Becoming a More Efficient Community Organizer
Deb joined the Leadership Academy to improve her understanding of the political process and how city staff and agencies interact with nonprofits. She feels the Leadership Academy is influencing her daily work to create an urban open space park in Coyote Meadows. For Deb, the most powerful part of the program was creating her own mission and vision statement to keep her focused on why she does what she does and how she goes about doing it.
Uriel Hernandez: Speaking Up for My Community
Thanks to the Leadership Academy, Uriel is more committed than ever to staying engaged and speaking up for the changes he wants to see. He knows it’s up to him as a community member to show up and keep the pressure on government so they know people care. Uriel is already starting to be recognized for his leadership on environmental issues. In March 2017 he received Bay Nature’s Local Hero award for Youth Engagement.
Violet Saena: Reaffirmed Passion
Within the Leadership Academy, Violet found the support and network to help those who most need it. She says it reaffirmed her passion to work on climate change and build community resilience. Recently, she founded her own non-profit, which cultivates environmental awareness and builds stronger alliances between communities in East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.
Morgan Aitken-Young: Equipped to Win Campaigns
One of the most meaningful parts of the Leadership Academy for Morgan was the friendships she made with 30 other local leaders, who come from every walk of life. Seeing these people every month invigorated her. They supported one another, improved one another, and reminded one other that they can each make an impact.
Thank You Lucrecia & Ricardo #PeopleWeLove
Today I’d like to share our final story of #PeopleWeLove, Lucrecia and Ricardo Rivera. Lucrecia and Ricardo are two of the many wonderful people who make our work possible. Join them and make your year-end gift to Committee for Green Foothills today. Lucrecia and Ricardo were first introduced to Committee for Green Foothills when Lucrecia participated...