YLWF 2020 Participant Application Form (due June 10th)

We appreciate your interest in the program amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are doing everything to ensure participants' safety. We have rescheduled Young Leaders for Wild Florida to run from July 20th to 31st, and will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

To offset potentially lost income from a summer job, we offer a $250 stipend to all accepted students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Just check the box in the form.
We are excited that you are interested in 2 weeks of adventure, service, learning and leadership in wild Florida! This is an Alachua Conservation Trust program and we will be using ACT's facilities, lands, staff, supervision, and expertise (https://www.alachuaconservationtrust.org/young-leaders-for-wild-florida).

Application information:

All youth between the ages of 16 to 19 living or studying in Alachua County are encouraged to apply. If you are 15 and seriously interested, we may make exceptions-- please contact anna.slayt@gmail.com

This application includes two short essays. Don't worry, these do not need to be formal, they will be used to give us sense of what you care about.

Applications are on a rolling basis. The earlier your application, the more likely you are to get a spot. You can expect to hear back within two weeks of applying. If accepted, we will send you an email with further information on confirming your enrollment. Please note that spots are limited, and students who apply earlier will receive preference. As we have limited spots available, we may have to put some students on a waitlist

Basic information:
The core program runs from Monday, July 20 to Friday, July 31.

"Next Steps" is an optional third week of our program from Monday August 3rd - Friday August 7th. It offers participants the opportunity to take the next steps in environmental leadership through more in-depth outdoor service and environmental advocacy projects with your peers as well as alumni from last year's program (and we'll still have fun outdoor adventures!).

Young Leaders for Wild Florida is a entirely donation-based program-- we don't want finances to prevent your participation in the program. We encourage a minimum donation of $30 (our costs are over $300 per participant)
Email address *
Full Name *
Your answer
School (for the 2020-2021 school year- answer NA if you are not attending school next year)
Your answer
Academic Year (if not in school, choose other and specify) *
Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY) *
Your answer
Street Address *
Your answer
Are you UNCOMFORTABLE with any of the following? (Check all that apply) *
If uncomfortable with any of the things listed above, are you willing to deal with them with training and support?
Your answer
Are you a student eligible for free and reduced lunch and applying for the $250 free and reduced lunch stipend? (some form of documentation will be required later)
I am... *
Note: Alumni of the previous summer programs may be accepted as Co-Leaders for the 2020 program but new applicants will be prioritized for general participation.
Writing Prompt 1: Why do you want to be a part of the YLWF summer program? (150 word limit) *
Your answer
Writing prompt 2: Choose 1 prompt to write about (500 word limit): What is a conservation issue or you are passionate about and why? or Write about a connection that you have with nature and/ or your community and what that connection means to you. *
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