Made possible by a $10,000 grant from Patagonia, The Center for Jackson Hole created the 2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Fund to support projects by Emerging Leaders Program alumni that address issues of importance to their communities.
We are excited to announce the inaugural Fund recipients. 2017 Emerging Leaders Program alumni Mateen Hessami and Jess Johnson have been granted $10,000 for their Hunting and Fishing Mentorship Program proposal.
In collaboration with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and Artemis Sportswomen, the Hunting and Fishing Mentorship Program will recruit twenty students from the University of Montana and Montana State University with an emphasis on women outdoor enthusiasts who have an established desire to learn the technical aspects of hunting and angling.
The program’s objective is to select highly motivated university students and immerse them in a year-long conservation and subsistence development program where every aspect of becoming an independent, public-land subsistence consumer and conservation activist is provided.
Along with her role as the Public Lands Coordinator for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Jess is the co-founder of Artemis, a women’s group focused on changing the dialogue and stereotypes placed on the hunting and angling community, and encouraging women to take leadership roles in conservation and wildlife related positions.
Mateen is currently a wildlife biology student at the University of Montana. He is a member of the Hebblewhite ungulate ecology lab. Mateen has worked on a variety of wildlife projects from moose, snowshoe hare, bison, mule deer and elk. He is working on a senior thesis estimating juvenile recruitment rates for elk outside of Banff National Park. He also leads the student chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers at the University of Montana.
Jess and Mateen will have the opportunity to showcase their project at this year’s SHIFT in Jackson Hole from October 16-18th.