CoalitionWILD is surfacing emerging environmental leaders and teaching them the skills necessary to carry out action projects that will address problems in their community and threats facing the environment.


The CoalitionWILD 2021 EXCELerator runs 1 November 2021 – 30 April 2022. New to the 2021 program is the EXCELerator_Intensive (EXL_I). The EXL_I is an additional 2 month option for qualifying EXLs focused on growing your personal and professional development with one-on-one mentorship, tailored project support, and showcasing opportunities. Criteria to join the EXL_I will be shared at the start of the 2021 program.

Participants be 35 years of age or younger on 1 November 2021 to apply. You will receive a response from program organizers regarding your application by 15 October 2021.Please do not inquire about your application prior to that date.
Applications close on 24 September and late submissions will not be accepted. Please note and adhere to character count restrictions. We suggest responding to the questions in a Word Document and using copy/paste to input your responses into the submission form.

You can find eligibility requirements and FAQ below.

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EXCELerator Application

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Eligibility Requirements

Participants in 2021 EXCELerator Cohort must be 35 years of age or younger on 1 November 2021 and must be able to commit to the following:


      • Implementing a project within the 6 month program period.
      • Attending and/or listening to the webinars hosted each month.
      • Completing associated webinar tasks.
      • Contributing consistently to the virtual communications groups.
      • Answering all e-mails and/or requests from program organisers.
      • Uploading photos, videos and updates when requested, and producing one blog entry.
      • Being an Ambassador of CoalitionWILD, sharing your experience, and representing CoalitionWILD in your circle of influence.
      • That we store submissions in our email system and will contact you.
At this time, the CoalitionWILD EXCELerator is only offered in English and participants must be able to understand and communicate in English. Aceleradores por Naturaleza has been developed in partnership with Conservamos por Naturaleza, an initiative of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, and is delivered entirely in Spanish. To learn more about the program, visit their website at
Participants of the EXCELerator must also have access to internet, however all materials and webinars will be recorded and available online at all times. Most importantly, participants in the program must come with a collaborative, positive attitude and a passion for the planet!
Please see below for any further questions.

frequently asked questions

Q: What is the official start date of the 2021 EXCELerator Program?
A: The CoalitionWILD EXCELerator Program will have its first kickoff group call on Thursday, 4 November. The program will run through 30 April 2022. 
Q: Will there be specific times or dates I need to be available?
A: Webinars will take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month. Group sessions will be held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. It is expected for participants to attend all webinars and group sessions unless the meeting time falls outside appropriate hours or an extenuating circumstance takes place. The remaining curriculum elements and program tasks are expected to be completed on your own time.
Q: What if I can’t make a webinar?
A: All webinars will be recorded and housed online for later viewing. All participants will have access to any past webinar recordings for the duration of the program.
Q: Will I receive a certificate to show my involvement in the program?
A: A Certificate of Completion is awarded to any participant who completes the necessary requirements of the program. These requirements are:
      • Complete a predetermined number of webinar tasks.
      • Complete project progress reports throughout the EXCELerator.
      • Produce one blog or media piece.
      • Implement your project by the end of the EXCELerator. 
      • Present about your project and experience at the completion of the EXCELerator.
Q: What language will the program take place in?
A: The EXCELerator is delivered in English. Some curriculum materials will be translated into Spanish and French (with the possibility of increasing these translations to other languages if necessary based on the participants accepted into the 2021 Cohort). Because of our partnership with Conservamos por Naturaleza, an initiative of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, we have developed a sister program for Latin American participants that is fully delivered in Spanish. You can learn more about Aceleradores por Naturaleza here.
Q: How will the program be delivered?
A: The EXCELerator Program will take place 100% virtually. All participants will be given access to an online platform to access materials, resources, webinars, and to utilize for their active involvement. Program communications and group networking will take place via Slack.
Q: What are the specific curriculum and elements that are in the program?
A: The CoalitionWILD EXCELerator Program consists of:
      • 12 bi-monthly webinars by youth experts on a variety of capacity building topics
      • 12 group sessions
      • Tasks designed translate education into action
      • A group peer-mentoring program
      • One-on-one support, advice, and guidance
      • Curated resources to support participants in their implementation journey
      • A free, 1-year subscription to the International Journal of Wilderness
      • A platform to network and a community of encouragement
      • A Certificate of Completion at the end of the program
Q: What if I don’t have a project idea?
A: Each participant accepted into the program is required to carry out a project during the 6 month period. If you are struggling to decide upon a project you would like to implement, consider a topic you are passionate about, and a challenge or barrier facing that topic. Think about what skills, knowledge, or understandings that you personally have that can positively affect whatever that passion topic is. 
Q: What if I don’t complete my project implementation during the program dates?
A: In order to receive a Certificate of Completion, participants must complete their action project within the set dates. 
Q: I am over 35 years of age. Can I still apply?
A: Unfortunately, the CoalitionWILD EXCELerator is only open to individuals under the age of 35. 
Q: I would like to sponsor an EXCELerator participant. How can I do so?
A: Sponsoring an EXCELerator participant is a great way to ensure the future of our planet is truly in the hands of our youth. Contact Crista at to discuss options for your investment! 

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