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We looked for individuals representing and/or serving underserved populations, who have shown a commitment to the field of outdoor recreation, with a focus on conservation or diversity, equity, and inclusion. These “emerging leaders” are individuals who can broaden the impact of their efforts through additional training and connections built within AORE and its partners. They are positioned to increase access and/or advocacy for public lands. Preferred applicants are in their twenties, have a Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field, and either holding a job in the field or pursuing a related graduate degree.
Create and pilot the AORE Emerging Leader Program to:
Establish a structured mentorship program pairing emerging professionals with more-experienced outdoor influencers.
Encourage underrepresented populations to pursue leadership roles and responsibilities within the organization and the industry.
Provide an inclusive and supportive environment for participants to develop the skills to broaden the impact of their efforts through additional training and connections built within AORE and its partners.
Increase underrepresented population representation in AORE leadership roles by 20% by 2020.
Individuals who participate in the Emerging Leaders Program will:
Gain valuable knowledge in how to navigate, access, and succeed in outdoor leadership roles such as field course leaders, program directors, committee chairs, conference presenters, executive directors, and board of directors.
Develop a strong professional relationship with their mentor for positive role modeling, support, and guidance.
Increase confidence in their ability to lead.
Become mentors for the next generation of underrepresented populations.
A pre-survey will be administered to participants to discover their perceptions of their leadership skills, mentorship goals, and levels of confidence in various leadership and advocacy skills. A post-survey will be administered following the AORE conference, another after six months, and a final survey after one year to discover changes in leadership roles as well as changes in perception of confidence and other leadership qualities.
The AORE national office will update benchmarks on conference and leadership participation annually.
Participants will be asked to share written reflections on their personal stories and journeys as individuals positioned to increase access and/or advocacy for public lands. Their narratives will serve as data to assess the program’s effectiveness as well as discover what leadership opportunities have been pursued as a result of participating in the program.
Emerging Leaders will:
Host/facilitate an AORE SNAP/Collaborate session at the conference.
Promote the Emerging Leader Program as well as AORE on their personal/professional social media.
Provide written narrative and collateral material to be used in story telling of their initiatives for AORE Outdoor Insider, Marketing, Association and Partner News and AORE social media.
Provide an individual program review that outlines the benefits of participating in the emerging leaders program, barriers that still exist to them accomplishing career or program goals, and suggested improvements to the scholarship program.
Participate in feedback sessions, trainings, webinars as advocates for their advancement and for the industry.
Help AORE understand how we can better serve broader populations.
Conduct an education session for the conference for the year following their ELP experience.
Communicate with participants prior to the conference regarding schedule, expectations, etc.
Work with the emerging leaders throughout the conference in delivery of the program.
Match and introduce emerging leaders with mentors prior to and during the conference.
Questions should be directed to Jeannette Stawski at firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage applicants representing and/or serving populations historically and currently under-represented in the outdoor recreation and education world, who have shown a commitment to the field of outdoor recreation and education. These individuals will ideally have a focus on conservation and/or addressing elements of inequality in the outdoors. These are individuals who can broaden the impact of their efforts through additional training and connections built within the AORE and its partners. These emerging leaders are positioned to increase access and/or advocacy for public lands.