The Loma Prietan - June 2014


Apply to join the 2014 Healthy Communities Academy Today

By Megan Medeiros

Learning new skills at HCLA forum Photo: Megan Medeiros
Learning new skills at HCLA forum Photo: Megan Medeiros

Silicon Valley’s cities and towns are beset with an array of urgent environmental and social challenges including suburban sprawl, sea level rise, toxic contamination, waste disposal, inadequate public transit, polluted air and watersheds, fracking, inefficient energy use, unaffordable housing, lack of access to healthy food, insufficient parkland, etc. Looming over all of these is the threat of climate change.

In order to effectively address these challenges we need more activated citizens, from all walks of life, who will not only demand change but also set in motion positive solutions to problems. In short, we need “extraordinary ordinary people” who will assert the leadership necessary to help our communities thrive. Fortunately, the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy (HCLA) is back to serve as a training ground for such people.

Started in 2013, HCLA is a 9-month advocacy training program for 35 emerging and existing leaders in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Benito counties who want to make the region a more environmentally-sustainable and socially-just place.

The Healthy Communities Bay Area Coalition is calling all extraordinary-ordinary people who are today's and tomorrow's champions for the environment, health, and social justice.

Do you want to make a difference but want to avoid common mistakes that almost every community advocate makes? Want to meet people like you who create positive change in their community? Then apply to the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy today.

Participants are asked to pay $500 to pay for the cost of food, materials, and venue space for the 9-month program. Scholarships are available and reduced price admission and scholarships are offered for those that do not have the financial means to participate in the program otherwise.


2014-2015 Class Schedule 

Classes will be held in a several venues between Morgan Hill and San Mateo on Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm, networking and refreshments at 8:30am. Tentative topics include:

Sept 2014: Model the Way: What Makes a Great Leader?
Oct 2014: Challenging the Process: Campaign Planning
Nov 2014: Inspiring a Shared Vision: Storytelling and Public Speaking
Dec 2014: Enabling Others to Act Pt 1: Bringing People Together for a Purpose
Jan 2015: Enabling Others to Act Pt 2: How to Get Your Story Out to the World
Feb 2015: Advocacy Pt 1: Commenting on an Environmental Impact Report
Mar 2015: Advocacy Pt 2: Working with City Staff and Developers
Apr 2015: Advocacy Pt 3: 13 Tips for Interacting with Decision Makers
May 2015: Encouraging the Heart and Celebrating Success: Graduation

Main Organizers: Committee for Green Foothills, Greenbelt Alliance, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, and Sustainable San Mateo County

Questions? Contact Megan Fluke Medeiros: