WHO WE ARE
OUR VISION: Healing the planet by transforming generations of leaders through nature.
OUR MISSION: To elevate youth and the community to become effective advocates and ethical stewards of themselves, wildlife, habitats and the environment.
Talking Talons Youth Leadership is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) youth development organization Inspiring Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders. Today.
Talking Talons Youth Leadership is serving its community in powerful, effective ways:
- Building young leaders through environmental education and training in public speaking
- Educating youth in science-based conservation through long-term, in-school programs
- Providing hands-on conservation education and job-skills training at diverse outdoor classroom locations
- Engaging youth and the community in wildlife habitat improvement projects
- Managing community-based projects that benefit ecosystems and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires
- Generating local jobs, volunteer and first-time employment opportunities at our non-profit Talking Talons Thrift Store
It is the bond that our Talking Talons' students form with our wildlife that makes our school-based Youth Leadership Curriculum so effective. As our students learn about our special non-releasable wildlife, including hawks, falcons, bats, and reptiles, they develop empathy for all wildlife and for the environment that we all share. This, in turn, gives the students a motivation to pay attention to science and to all of their studies.
Talking Talons was founded in the fall of 1988 by Wendy Crouch Aeschliman, then serving as school nurse of Roosevelt Middle School in Tijeras, New Mexico. . .