Applications are open for the Leadership Academy!
During the eight-week program, you'll be surrounded by like-minded, high-achieving peers who share your passion for making a real-world impact. You’ll learn about challenges inherent in the industrial animal agriculture system and the leadership skills required to enact systems change.
This program is more than just an online course—it's a collaborative space where ideas are nurtured, friendships are formed, and collective goals are pursued. By applying to the Leadership Academy, you’ll have the opportunity to be considered for the yearlong fellowship.
The Leadership Academy is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis.
The curriculum includes expert-led coursework from multiple arenas, including:
Learn how civic engagement and the legislative process can be leveraged to create a more just and sustainable food system.
Discover the power of storytelling to influence public opinion and create real-world impact.
Understand the harms factory farming inflicts upon human well-being, and how to build healthier communities.
Explore how technology and business can come together to build momentum to support the end of factory farming.
Every week, there will be three 4-hour sessions consisting of
Candidates for the Leadership Academy are eager to be changemakers in the movement to end factory farming. They are eager to learn about the impacts of factory farming; develop communication, advocacy, and leadership skills; and leverage these skills to create change in their communities toward our shared goal of ending factory farming.
Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis, and close Friday, April 5, 2024. Space is limited, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible! By applying for the Leadership Academy, you’ll also have the chance to be selected for the yearlong fellowship.
This year we are able to offer the program on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a suggested course fee of $795 to help partially cover the cost of your participation. This helps keep the program accessible to as many qualified applicants as possible. Similar programs can cost upwards of $2500 per student.
We encourage you to apply whether or not the course fee is feasible for you! We will never allow the cost of our programming to prevent the participation of a qualified applicant. We do not factor ability to pay into admissions decisions. Successful applicants will receive a link to a payment page where they will have the option to pay whatever they can afford.
The program is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. Successful applicants will receive a link to a payment page where they will have the option to pay whatever they can afford.
This depends on the requirements for your school, and we are happy to work with you to fill those requirements to be able to receive credit.
Attendance at required programming is mandatory. If you have a prior commitment or concern about being able to attend part of the eight-week course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
The Leadership Academy is an eight-week course running from June 25 through August 15. Scheduled programming will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week (except for the July 4 holiday) from 9am - 1pm PT / 12 - 4pm ET. Participants will also have assigned reading and assignments outside of core programming hours.
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To apply, candidates submit their application online. Selected applicants will move to the next stage, a 20-minute virtual interview with a member of the Leadership Development team. Candidates who are successful in the interview stage will be accepted into the Leadership Academy.
To best prepare for the application process, we recommend reviewing New Root Institute’s vision, mission and values, and considering why you are passionate about effecting change within your community to create a more just and sustainable food system.
“New Roots Institute [is] where I discovered that it's not just climate, but the well-being of all species that truly matters... I'm excited to express my dedication and share my research [at] the Climate Justice and Health Lab at NYU.” - Pooja Sharma, Leadership Academy, Summer 2023
“I came to New Roots very unsure of my potential for advocacy, but your encouragement through the program helped me see how I can merge positive change and animal rights with my career goals, and that the work doesn't have to end with New Roots!“ - Bethel Mengisto, Leadership Academy, Summer 2023
In the last two years, our students had successful plant-based default campaigns at Cornell University, the Issaquah School District in Seattle, Pomona College, and San Diego State University.
One of our fellows organized a broad-based coalition at New York University to lock in the plant-based commitments secured by former New Roots Institute students on campus.
In the last year, our fellows organized very successful veg fest events at the University of California Los Angeles and Pomona College. These events were attended by over 1100 people!