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Participants Selected for the 2013 Natural Leaders Legacy Camp

C&NN – July 25, 2013
By C&NN

Participants Selected for the 2013 Natural Leaders Legacy Camp

Santa Fe., NM. July 25, 2013. The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) is pleased to announce the selection of the participants for the 2013 Natural Leaders Legacy Camp. Applications were received from millennial leaders around the world who have a passion for connecting children with nature. Through a rigorous and intense review process, an outstanding and qualified group of 52 have been chosen to participate.

The Natural Leaders Legacy Camp is part of C&NN’s Natural Leaders Legacy Initiative. Natural Leaders are people between the ages of 15 and 29 who care about nature and helping other people, especially children, find a connection to nature. Participants in the Natural Leaders Legacy Camp must be between the ages of 18 and 30. The Legacy Camp is a leadership development and capacity-building experience. Participants in the five-day camp commit to leading four events in their own communities following the camp experience, from intergenerational service projects to house parties to develop community awareness about the importance of connecting children, youth, families and whole communities to nature in their everyday lives.

The 2013 applicants were reviewed using their resume, two letters of reference, an artistic expression, and their responses to essay questions. Natural Leaders James King and Hanna Pinneo; C&NN’s Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network, Juan Martinez; and Avery Cleary, C&NN’s Director of Grassroots Outreach and Engagement, reviewed the applications. The selection process included assessing the applicants’ passion for the mission of the Natural Leaders Network, leadership qualities, outdoor and environmental organization experience, strength of their references, and potential for the applicants’ strengths and abilities to benefit the Natural Leaders Network.

Those selected to participate in the 2013 Legacy Camp are:
Daniela Benavides (Durham, NC and Lima, Peru), Takeya Meggett (Jersey City, NJ), Anna Papperman (Waterford, NY), Emily Nadal (New York, NY), Arinn Bolin (Charlotte, NC), Sarah Poirier (Victoria, BC), Avery Locklear (Winston Salem, NC), Ryan Schmaltz (Helena, MT), Shaquana Boykin (Brooklyn, NY), Quinn Kawamoto (Everett, WA), Mark Chella (Quincy, MA), Elizabeth Tran (Orlando, FL), Hannah Spencer (Morgantown, WV), Kinsey Junek (Austin, TX), Ilyse Sakamoto (Boise, ID), Mehra Namiranian (Seattle, WA), Jennifer Lai (Shoreview, MN), Jade Nguyen (Rosemead, CA), Hannah Gallagher (Seattle, WA), Elizabeth Just (Minneapolis, MN), Damien Ruffner (Philadelphia, PA), Ilya Shmulenson (Austin, TX), Tessica Truong (Vancouver, BC), Sarah Schulte (O’Fallen, MO), Kimberly Banzhaf (Fairplay, CO), Kate Jerman (Denver, CO), CJ Goulding (Seattle, WA), Matthew Evans (Pflugerville, TX), Courtney Bierschbach (Traverse City, MI), Elle O'Brien (Easton, MD), Elizabeth Quaid (Chicago, IL), Kenneth Points (Omaha, NE), Amirah AbuLughod (Port Washington, WI), Qin Huang (Pasadena, CA), Victoria Faubion (Denton, TX), Sarah Walker (Milford, Ontario), Cassandra Garner (Claremont, CA), Kathayoon Khalil (Portland, OR), Mahreen Bashir (Salt Lake City, Utah) , X-Avier Miller (Albany, NY), Sarah Cartwright (Schuylerville, NY), Maggie Barnick (Minneapolis, MN), Cynthia Riveras (Berkeley, CA), Sean Goss (Cincinnati, OH), Daniel Lewis (Cincinnati, OH), Christine Salinas (Houston, TX), Candace Ashford (Orlando, FL), Peter Morrison (Victoria, BC), Caitlin Cox (Orlando, FL), and Marilu de Arcros (Los Angeles, CA).

“We are inspired and honored by the commitment of each and every one of those young leaders who were selected to participate in the 2013 Legacy Camp. We also respect those who were not selected, and encourage them to stay engaged with the Natural Leaders and the children and nature movement,” said Juan Martinez, C&NN’s Director of Leadership Development and the Natural Leaders Network.

“We commend the vision and dedicated support of the founding supporters of C&NN’s Natural Leaders Legacy Initiative—The REI Foundation, The North Face, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Islandwood,” said Sarah Milligan-Toffler, Executive Director of the Children & Nature Network.
The 2013 Natural Leaders Legacy Camp will be held at IslandWood (www.islandwood.org) on Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Since its founding in 2006, the Children & Nature Network has been advocating for children, their families and communities to enhance their health and well-being through direct experiences in nature. C&NN’s vision is a world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives. The Children & Nature Network is leading a movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. C&NN provides a wide range of research and user-friendly tools, including those to enhance positive family bonding and access to fun, friendly nature-based activities. For more information, see www.childrenandnature.org.

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