Hi, My name is Matt Ford and I am a Conservation Ambassador and want to Pay It Forward to the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders!
MY FUNDRAISING GOAL – $1,500
Goal Update: $100 of $1,500 raised !
MY WLA STORY + WHY I WANT TO PAY IT FORWARD
My Wildlife Leadership Academy story began on June 14-18, 2016. I attended the Bucktails Field School. I’ve always loved wildlife and have been fascinated specifically by the whitetail deer. So, when I heard that the Wildlife Leadership Academy had a four day field school focusing on whitetail deer, I decided I just had to attend. I originally went to this camp to learn about whitetail deer, but as soon as I got to the camp, I found out that they were going to teach me so much more! Not only did I learn almost everything there is to know about the majestic whitetail deer, but I was also taught communication and leadership skills…. such as how to be interviewed by a radio station or television station; how to lead your community in conservation efforts; and how to lead your peers in helping their communities and the wildlife around them. The thing I like the most about this camp is that they not only expect and inspire you to do your very best at camp, but also to do your best in your outreach projects in your community. Because of this camp, I have gone out and educated the community about conservation by doing tri-fold presentations at fairs and other social gatherings. I’ve been able to educate my community through several media projects, such as a news release to my local newspaper, The Independent, and an interview about my camp experience by my local radio station, WPEL. This camp has taught me more than I could have imagined; I never would have been able to help my community and the wildlife of Pennsylvania, as much as I have without the Wildlife Leadership Academy.
I want to pay it forward, because I want other teens to have the same amazing experience at this camp that I had. If someone wouldn’t have paid it forward for me, when I wanted to attend camp, but didn’t have the money to do so, then I never would have experienced what I did at this camp. I want to give to other teens, what a generous person gave to me through the camp experience.
Below is a slide show of some of my favorite parts of field school!
Here we are learning to march as a team
This is a game that we played to help us become better leaders and followers among our peers
Here I am on the main street of my town on the fourth of July using my tri fold display to tell peop
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall
The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative of various state agencies and conservation organizations. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You donation is tax-deductible. You will be supporting a worthy cause who’s mission it is to engage and empower the youth of our communities to ensure sustained wildlife, fisheries, and natural resources for years to come.
The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. The Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations.