Teen Environmental Leadership Academy
A two-week day camp, with gardening, nature hikes, yoga and meditation, environmental studies, and conversations with community leaders.
The Teen Environmental Leadership Academy (TELA) is a unique summer program. Approximately 40 youth, most of them low-income, have explored nature, learned to meditate, and developed speaking skills. In our second year, teens’ speeches at San Rafael City Hall inspired a resolution on alco-pops (a sweet alcoholic beverage targeting teens) adopted unanimously by the City Council. In 2014, teens studied water conservation and met with board members of the Marin Municipal Water District, a City Councilman, and a County Supervisor.
This year, we are taking a break to meet and visit with other teen environmental education programs in Marin County, and to offer Mindful Leadership workshops (see our July 19 workshop in Contra Costa, for example.)
Exploring . . .
Our home base is in San Rafael. Every other day, we venture out to local parks and gardens such as Green Gulch, the redwoods, and Point Reyes National Seashore. We also visit the Canal Community Garden for lessons in growing our own food.
Learning . . .
Instructors will teach you common plants in Marin County, the hidden costs of throw-away living, how to speak confidently in front of a group, and how to approach it all with an open mind and peaceful spirit.
Becoming a leader . . .
Leadership begins with knowing who you are, but depends equally on a deeply-felt sense of community. Meditation helps us get grounded in inner peace. And meeting with elected officials and sustainability experts in the city and county grounds us in the community of action.
To see more . . .
Click here for a 3-minute slide show of 2012′s TELA program.
MANY THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
TELA 2014 was funded by a grant from:
Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation
Thanks also to the following markets who donated lunches every day!
Epicurean Group, fine arts, catering, and distinctive community dining, including food services at Marin County’s Civic Center
Good Earth Natural Foods, 720 Center Blvd., Fairfax
West End Café, 1131 4th St, San Rafael
Whole Foods Market, 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley