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What we do

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Climate change research with Flagstaff High School

Service-learning projects

We swap chalkboards and stuffy classrooms for farmers’ fields, forests, and desert lands. Young leaders come away from these place-based learning experiences with callused hands and a deep understanding of issues facing public and tribal lands.

A student speaks at the Capitol.

Advocacy training

From political advocacy and lobbying strategies to science communication and art activism, we pair advocacy training with opportunities for trainees to practice their new skills. Our week-long leadership program gives rising leaders tools to effect change.

Mentorship opportunities

Professional development

A few individuals each year have the opportunity to dive into the Trust's work through internships. They work closely with Trust staff to set their own professional goals, develop skills, and study issues related to public and tribal lands, all the while receiving a living wage. 

RLP - LeaderShift

RLP - LeaderShift
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Calling all 16-30-year-olds! Each summer, we host a free training program for young environmental justice leaders. Created by and for young people, LeaderShift connects young advocates with environmental and social justice issues on the Colorado Plateau. Sign up for updates and we'll let you know when the next application cycle opens.


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Curious about opportunities for young people on the Colorado Plateau?

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We believe in the collective power of young people to enact change on the Colorado Plateau. The Rising Leaders Program supports young people by facilitating opportunities to expand their skills and actualize their leadership potential within the environmental justice movement.

RLP - Environmental day at the capitol

RLP - Environmental day at the capitol
Jake Hoyungowa

Environmental Day at the Capitol

We train students in lobbying and public speaking strategies, then travel with them to the Arizona state Capitol where they speak to the press, meet with lawmakers, and advocate for the health of public lands and Colorado Plateau communities. Read what the young advocates have to say ›

RLP - field trips

RLP - field trips

Service-learning trips

Whether we're collecting data for climate change research or helping Native farmers dig out irrigation ditches, our student volunteers put their minds and backs into the work. We meet with Native farmers and entrepreneurs, scientists, and our own program staff to learn about and support projects across the plateau. Learn more about our work with local farmers ›

Youth Leadership - Conservation Career Resources

Youth Leadership - Conservation Career Resources
Grand Canyon Trust

Conservation career resources

Looking for a job, internship, or other opportunity? Explore these conservation internships and opportunities ›

Or, see where a Trust internship could land you down the road. Read about former Trust interns, and where they are now ›

Rising Leaders Blog


Rising leaders draft an action plan for a healthy and just future on the Colorado Plateau.

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Native young people are following the sacred traditions and teachings of their grandparents.

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This year, we took to Zoom for LeaderShift, an environmental advocacy training program for young leaders.

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