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SALTA leadership training leadership sessionSESSION 1: LEADERSHIP
Social change relies on the leadership of people who understand the urgency of addressing injustice and who decide to act to improve their life conditions. In the Leadership Session, participants explore the concept of leadership within communities affected by social and environmental injustice, and their roles and responsibilities as EHC leaders. Participants will begin to recognize their position as an EHC Leader and to identify themselves as such. EHC's overall ideology is introduced, along with the general goals for the Leader SALTA training.


SALTA leadership training environmental justice

The Environmental Justice movement grew from hundreds of local struggles by taking a civil rights and social justice approach to environmental health protection. This session defines environmental justice and environmental racism (environmental injustice). It provides an opportunity for EHC leaders to identify environmental racism in their neighborhoods. It demonstrates the effectiveness of local organizing to achieve environmental justice. 


SESSION 3: ENVIRONMENSALTA leadership training environmental health 1TAL HEALTH I 
Environmental Justice is the right of all people to work, live, and play in a healthy and safe environment. Environmental Health makes the link between pollution in the environment and human health. This session focuses on how toxic pollution denies this right to many, especially to workers and people living in low-income communities of color. Participants will learn how EHC leaders have taken actions and promoted policies to protect communities. Participants learn the basics of environmental health and the basics of childhood lead poisoning prevention.


SALTA leadership training environmental health 2

Air Toxics are substances known to have adverse effects on human health and the environment. In this session participants will learn about the sources and health impacts of Air Toxics affecting EHC's communities. Participants will also learn about EHC's current efforts to combat community air toxics through community driven land use and sustainable energy campaigns, and see how EHC's goal for prevention (pollution prevention, the precautionary principal and cumulative impacts) guide our work in these areas.


SALTA leadership training change the power structure

This session will cover the role of power in winning environmental and social justice for environmental justice communities, how to assess an existing power structure and how to gain enough power to win. The first step of EHC's Process for Action (analyze) will be introduced and the use of EHC's power mapping tool in this process will be demonstrated.


SALTA leadership training messaging for social change

Persuading individuals and organizations to support EHC's goals and objectives and to take action requires effective messaging. In this session, EHC Leaders will learn the basics of message development and how their personal stories can be used to inspire trust and hope in the target audience and create the will to take action. The framework for this session flows from EHC's Power Analysis. Certain activities and concepts are adapted from The Spitfire Strategies' Smart Chart 3.0 and the work of Marshall Ganz' Camp Obama trainings. 


SALTA leadership training organizing session

Community organizing is a value-based strategy which empowers people to take action to win real improvements for the benefit of their communities and the common good. The foundation of community organizing is relationship building. In this session participants learn how to develop a relationship as a representative of EHC by sharing stories and broaden the "My Story" developed in the last session to "Our Story." EHC's organizing model and some of the organizing tactics are introduced.


SALTA leadership training advocacy

Advocacy is the process of influencing public policy and the distribution of public resources. For EHC the purpose of advocacy is to influence policy makers to take actions to protect public health and the environment. EHC is proactive in developing public policy solutions, participating in setting the agenda and framing the issue. Solutions are based on our beliefs and values and are developed through the Process for Action. EHC Leaders have specific advocacy responsibilities, authority, and personal characteristics that help them become strong advocates.


SALTA leadership training land use and leadership

This last SALTA session will serve as a comprehensive review of all previous sessions by combining learnings through several activities. Participants will develop a vision for a model community and then prepare a presentation advocating for the new vision before an elected official. The presentation will incorporate the Problem/Solution/Action and personal story telling framework from prior sessions. Participants will sign a Leadership Commitment pledge.