Application for Audubon's Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women (2018-19 school year)
Please note that it is not possible to save your progress once you begin this application. If you leave the application before submitting, your answers will be lost. Therefore, we recommend typing answers to the following questions in a separate program and then returning to this page to apply.

Please answer all questions honestly. Applicants are not chosen based on a certain level of conservation, leadership, or outdoor experience. Use the short answer and essay questions to make your application stand out. We are more interested in your goals and interests than your previous experience. If you have no experience, please state so.


Short answers (a paragraph minimum):
- Describe your knowledge of environmental issues and conservation.
- Do you consider yourself a conservationist? Please explain.
- Are you currently involved in any conservation-related activities? This may include an environmental club, routinely picking up litter, or other conservation-related activities. Please provide details of your participation.
- What other conservation-related activities have you participated in? Please include information about what you did, when, whether it was with an organization, etc.
- What volunteer work do you participate in that has not already been mentioned above?

Essay (minimum 500 words):
- Why are you interested in joining Audubon's Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women? What do you hope to gain from the program? What are your current college and career goals? How does this program fit into your goals? How can you use the knowledge you gain from the program to influence others positively?


If you have previously participated in Audubon's Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women, you will be asked to contribute an additional leadership and conservation-based volunteer project component. The program field trips, lessons and experiences will be generally the same from year to year, so your contribution will enhance not only your experience but provide variety to the program and serve as an example to first-year participants. Each year, Audubon will accept only two repeat participants per school, so competition is expected for those spots.

The project component should require at least 10 hours of volunteer time used to plan, organize and lead the project from inception to execution. At the conclusion of the project, an essay will be required detailing the project, the planning process, lessons learned, and how your past and current participation in this program aided you in completion of the project. The final essay is due at the end of May, so please plan your project accordingly.

As you envision your project, we encourage you to keep in mind this program's focus on conservation, leadership and young women. We encourage you to incorporate lessons you learned in your prior participation of this program. We are providing some ideas below as project component examples, but would love to hear your creative ideas.

- Lead a conservation project at your campus or in your community
- Teach conservation lessons and projects at your campus or other elementary and/or middle schools
- Commit to volunteering a specified number of hours at your local Audubon center or chapter
- Help lead programs at your local Audubon center (guided hike, binocular tutorial, kids activity)
- Find 1-2 women in conservation careers to attend the career panel
- Lead a birding class at your school
- Create a video of the program to be used for marketing (using photos and video clips of past trips)
- Lead a Plants for Birds Program for the public (teach people about the benefits of native plants)
- Help with a native plant sale at your local Audubon center

This application requires that repeat participants submit a second essay response explaining your project concept, the components of your project, the estimated volunteer time that will be spent on the project, and a general action plan. We also want to know why you would like to participate in the program again, and how you can use your individual strengths to enhance the program. There is no minimum essay length, but it should demonstrate your ability to think and plan as a leader.

Audubon can provide verification of volunteer hours recorded by participants. Hours recorded must be supported by project progress and completion. Therefore, volunteer hours with Audubon may be used to fulfill volunteer hour requirements of your school or other organization if permitted by that school or organization.


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