The USBN Youth Board launched the Emerging Leaders Workshop series in November 2021. The professional development-focused workshop series is designed to provide youth participants throughout the network with skills and knowledge relevant to managing a biosphere region.
The first workshop featured grant writing experts Dr. Rebecca Pollock, Executive Director of the UNESCO Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere Reserve (CANADA); Dr. Eric Holmlund, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Environmental Studies in the Department of Environment and Society at Paul Smith’s College (USA); and Colleen Hickey, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lake Champlain Basin Program (USA) for a dynamic and informative discussion about the secrets of great grant writing.
In the second workshop, Unpacking the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), expert ecologist Larissa Read discussed NEPA and its relevance in modern conservation and environmental planning. Lifelong conservationist, facilitator, and thought leader in the field of ecology, Tom Gilbert, provided an overview of the history of the US Man in the Biosphere (MAB) Program (now the US Biosphere Network) in the most recent installment of the workshop series.
The recordings for all the workshops are available on the USBN Youth YouTube channel.