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White House Honors “Champions of Change” for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

March 18, 2014

Stacie Gilmore, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Environmental Learning for Kids to be honored

Stacie Gilmore
Photo of Stacy Gilmore, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Environmental Learning for Kids. Credit: www.elkkids.org

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the White House will honor fourteen local heroes who are “Champions of Change” for their efforts to engage communities and youth in environmental stewardship and conservation. Through innovative approaches, they are creating opportunities for the next generation of Americans to take part in outdoor recreation and physical activity.

In 2010, President Obama created the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to encourage Americans, particularly children, to enjoy our country’s rivers and waterways, farms and forests, and local and national parks.  As part of this initiative, the President created the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps to establish quality jobs, career pathways and service opportunities for youth and veterans.  Building on this, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently launched an effort to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work outdoors, through forming outdoor recreation partnerships in 50 cities to create new outdoor play opportunities for more than 10 million young people; providing educational opportunities to at least 10 million of the nation’s K-12 student population annually; engaging 1 million volunteers annually on public lands; and providing 100,000 work and training opportunities to young people, including through public-private partnerships.

President Obama believes we have a moral obligation to our future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted or damaged. That is why in June of 2013 he launched a comprehensive Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution, and prepare our communities and ecosystems for the impacts of climate change we are already seeing. Engaging the next generation of conservation leaders is a key component of the Administration’s work to connect young people with the outdoors, confront the challenges of climate change, better manage our public lands and waters, and benefit the environment, public health, and the economy. 

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. 

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The event is closed to press but will be live streamed on the White House website. To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 9:00 am EST on March 18.   To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Stacie Gilmore, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Environmental Learning for Kids, Denver, CO

Stacie Gilmore co-founded Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK) in 1996 to provide pathways to science and natural resource careers for urban youth, youth of color, and other young people with limited access to these opportunities.  Under Stacie’s direction as the Executive Director for the last 18 years, ELK has transformed the lives of thousands of youth through science education, stewardship projects and outdoor experiences.  Her lifelong dedication to educate youth through science and conservation experiences is embedded in all programs and activities, which further students’ understanding and attitudes toward science, the outdoors, their communities, college, and careers.  Stacie works to transform youth by empowering them with increased academic skills, civic and community leadership, environmental stewardship, and employment opportunities.

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