FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 19, 2016
804-788-8811, ext. 214
James River Leadership Academy Celebrates First Class of River Stewards
High school students present year-long environmental projects designed to benefit the James River
The James River Association will celebrate the inaugural class of the James River Leadership Academy at the Leadership Launch and Environmental Symposium on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Luck Companies in Goochland.
The 2015 – 2016 James River Leadership Academy class consisted of 18 high school students from across the James River basin who committed a year to leadership training and implementing a lasting, positive environmental impact through community projects. While working with professional mentors and Luck Companies’ Values-Based Leadership facilitators, students identified their personal leadership style in order to take action on behalf of the James River.
The Leadership Launch and Environmental Symposium will celebrate and showcase the student’s community partnerships, leadership development, and individual projects taking place over the last year. These projects include installing rain barrels in Suffolk County, helping pass a legislative resolution commending the James River Association on 40 years of work, removing invasive plant species in the James River Park System, integrating environmental curriculum into Girl Scouts activities, and organizing a neighborhood toxic-waste collection and recycling event in Henrico County.
The event is from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and will be held at Luck Companies’ Goochland Campus in The Learning Center at 515 Stone Mill Drive, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.
For more information, contact Georgia Busch, Watershed Educator, at (804) 788-8811 ext. 214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE JAMES RIVER ASSOCIATION:
The James River Association (JRA) is a member-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to serve as a guardian and voice for the James River. Throughout the James River’s 10,000-square mile watershed, JRA works through its core programs – Education, Outreach, Watershed Restoration, River Advocacy and the Riverkeeper Program – to help people of all ages enjoy, appreciate and protect the beauty and health of the James River for future generations to enjoy. For more information on JRA visit www.jamesriverassociation.org.