LEAD the Coast launches next two cohorts to help residents address coastal issues

Lousiana’s

These sessions will provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process.

Foundation for Louisiana completed the pilot run of our LEAD the Coast program in December 2016. This program has been designed to support local leaders and engaged residents in the planning of their own futures given the coastal crisis. The goal of this training is to offer a learning space for residents to share information and sharpen skills that will build power for change as we adapt to these challenges. Skills from this training will be useful for other work in which you may already be engaged — the information will break down the science, policies and realities facing Louisiana’s coastal communities. This opportunity is especially relevant considering the release of the 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan on Tuesday (Jan. 3), linked here.

Foundation for Louisiana is launching this coastal leadership development program in mid-January. LEAD the Coast (LEAD standing for “Leadership, Education, Advocacy, Development”) will support skills training critical to needed action within our coastal communities. These sessions will provide space for residents to grow their knowledge around coastal issues and become more informed as to how they might take action in the process. The program also provides a space for residents to discuss future needs and opportunities around coastal changes in order to push for action at a local, parish, state and/or national level.

(Read about our work in Plaquemines Parish here.)

We will be launching cohorts 2 and 3 at the same time; the details are listed below. These cohorts are meant to be accessible to residents from coastal parishes within a region or watershed. Though the venues for those cohorts are designed to be geographically convenient for residents in the listed parishes, the cohorts are not limited to residents only from those parishes. A resident is able to apply for either cohort depending on where they feel the most comfortable or the dates that work best with their schedule. Alternating weeks for the two cohorts will also provide opportunities for residents who cannot attend one day to still have access to that information by attending the other cohort’s session.

Here is a clickable link to the application.