James River Leadership Academy
The James River Leadership Academy (JRLA) is a year-long leadership program for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students who are interested in advocating for the future of the James River. The goal of JRLA is to engage, develop, train, and inspire participants in preparation of taking personal and community-wide action to address issues facing the James River.
Since 2015, JRLA has influenced positive change throughout our 10,000 square mile watershed.
- 73 students engaged
- 24 schools and 14 counties represented
- 375 community service hours completed
- 150 + volunteers engaged
- 27 + professional mentors engaged
- 5 bird nesting platforms built
- 50 acres of riparian buffer zone restored
- 13 education and outreach materials of various media generated
- 5 art installations created
James River Leadership Academy Application
Applications are accepted on a rolling admission process. Priority will be given to students who apply prior to April 24, 2020. James River Leadership programs are based in Lynchburg, Richmond and Williamsburg. Students will be assigned a leadership academy and session dates based on their location and availability.
JRLA Program Overview
Participants commit to JRLA for one academic year during which they participate in four Leadership Sessions. The activities during these Sessions include discussions, team building exercises, environmental ethics, and outdoor appreciation.
JRLA participants will be required to implement a “community-based capstone project” outside of the Leadership Sessions. JRLA staff will help students meet project goals by matching them with a professional mentor to create project objectives and timelines. In addition, JRLA staff will provide an ongoing list of events and opportunities throughout the watershed so students stay engaged with community-based environmental awareness.
For more information
If your group or organization would like more information about the James River Leadership Academy, please contact Charles Johnson, Environmental Educator, (804)788-8811 ext 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.