The objective of SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow) is to advance and promote the importance of nature as a social determinant of health. This in turn gets at the heart of our mission: to build a stronger argument for our natural world at a time of unprecedented threat.
We achieve our mission via two main programs: the annual SHIFT Summit, held each autumn in Jackson Hole, which explores issues at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation and public health; and The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), which trains early career leaders to help develop our work at SHIFT and in America.
Applications for the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program are now open.
Early career leaders between the ages of 21 to 33 are encouraged to apply. Applications may be made here.
The deadline to apply for the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program is Sunday May 24th at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
OUR VISION AND CORE VALUES:
The Emerging Leaders Program seeks to build a diverse coalition of advocates who can leverage the health benefits of nature to create a stronger argument for nature itself.
The following core values comprise the foundation of our work:
Making Differences Our Strength
Sharing the Gift of Mutual Respect
Advocating For Our Planet and Its Inhabitants
Embracing Personal Challenge
Leading with Relationship
HOW WE DO IT:
ELP’s cross-sectional approach builds a diverse coalition of early career advocates who operate at the nexus of health and nature and prepares them to use the health benefits of time outside to fight for a more sustainable future for the planet.
By developing strategies for reconnection with our natural world, the program empowers participants to address problems facing public health, stewardship, advocacy, community engagement and representation within environmental movements. Our curriculum addresses topics surrounding structures of oppression and explores how such topics show up in public health, outdoor recreation, conservation and land management.
This in turn allows us to more deeply consider the intersections of health and nature and how it applies to the broad range of professional interests represented by our participants while harnessing the ingenuity and creativity that makes the program innovative.
WHO ARE THE ELP?
The Emerging Leaders Program is directed and developed by Dr. Morgan Green, a pediatrician and graduate of the 2018 ELP, with the input of past fellows and SHIFT board and staff.
Applications for participation in the program are diligently reviewed by Dr. Green and a team of past fellows. Compatible candidates are then invited to participate in a 30- to 60-minute interview with one of our fellows and a 60-minute interview with Dr. Green.
Once evaluations are complete, 20 candidates will be selected to join the 2020 cohort. Cohort members will be notified of their invitation before any formal announcement is made.
The skill sets of selected ELP participants and how best to present them at SHIFT are ascertained via a survey. This ensures participants help determine how they want to be seen professionally, even before programming is solidified for SHIFT.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:
The 2020 ELP will take place from Saturday through Tuesday, Oct. 10-13. SHIFT occurs Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 14-16. ELP participants depart for the airport Saturday morning, October 17th. All prospective participants must be able to attend the entirety of the experience (October 10th-17th).
During the ELP itself—which is held at Heart 6 Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming—a series of discussions, led by our facilitator team, will explore our core content. Although the program takes place over the course of a week, conversations in the months leading up to ELP will help build community amongst our fellows, lay the groundwork for group discussions during ELP and prepare them for their roles at SHIFT. These conversations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
The second half of the program takes place at the SHIFT Summit Oct. 14-16 in Jackson, WY. Information about the 2020 program will be released in July.
During ELP, participants gain familiarization with content that will be discussed at SHIFT and have the opportunity to lead group discussions and explore different perspectives with their cohort members and facilitators. The experience allows them to discuss issues relevant to their work amongst their peers, prepares them for substantive interaction at SHIFT and provides them with tools they can use to bring SHIFT’s coalition-building model back to their communities.
ELP’s cross-sectional approach builds a diverse coalition of early career advocates who can champion nature as a social determinant of health and fight for a more sustainable future for the planet. Taken together, ELP and SHIFT prepares participants to explore how they work to better understand the systems that consciously and subconsciously influence our lives.
Program registration fees are $2,500 and include the following:
Participants are asked to cover their own travel expenses including airfare, gas, meals and lodging during SHIFT (for private rooms).
Limited financial aid may be available upon request.
We encourage young leaders between the ages of 21-33 to apply and look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.