“It is important to know more about the Earth and how we can make it a better place for ourselves and generations to come.” —Earth Tomorrow Participant
Earth Tomorrow is the National Wildlife Federation’s multicultural environmental justice and leadership development program, creating opportunities for youth in frontline communities to deepen their understanding of environmental issues and provide solutions to address environmental injustices. Earth Tomorrow is celebrating 20 years of youth-centered leadership development and community-based actions contributing to the ecological health and betterment of communities across Metro Atlanta.
The program, currently operated out of Atlanta through the National Wildlife Federation's South Central Regional Center, cultivates a new generation of lifetime environmental stewards through a year-long cycle of leadership training, issues exploration, civic engagement, career development, community outreach and education, and student-led community action projects. Earth Tomorrow is a model program for high school students growing into new regions of the National Wildlife Federation; including DLEEP in Detroit, Michigan.
Implemented in 2001, the program has involved more than 5,000 youth in conservation action and environmental service learning projects and brought together high school educators and community members. The impact of the program can be seen in the hundreds of hours that Atlanta youth have spent exploring, recreating, and serving in Georgia state parks, National Park Service properties, USDA Forest Service lands, and urban forests and nature centers.
The Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute is one major component of the National Wildlife Federation’s year-round Earth Tomorrow program. The Summer Institute engages rising 10th-grade to 12th-grade students, selected through a competitive application process, in a week-long intensive residential experience of hands-on leadership development activities and fieldwork. To promote physical activity and enjoyment of the great outdoors, they also are immersed in recreational activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, archery, rock climbing, and geocaching. College students and Earth Tomorrow graduates serve as peer mentors for the week, overseeing student activities, guiding students in planning for environmental clubs, and encouraging students to step out of their comfort zones to try new experiences.
The Earth Tomorrow program has been structured to:
Year-long involvement in the Earth Tomorrow program includes:
While participation in all of these activities is not mandatory, it is encouraged, and participation in all of these activities will make students more well-rounded and competitive in the college application process and beyond.
At a minimum, students accepted to the institute are expected to support their school-based Earth Tomorrow clubs, environmental clubs, and/or green teams by doing the following:
To request to join our email list for program updates, or learn more about getting involved with the program, please contact:
Senior Manager, Youth Leadership Programs
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