Do you want to make your community healthier and more walkable? Would you like to participate in a FREE Fellowship program that will give you the knowledge and skills you need, and a network of peer mentors to help you problem-solve? Are you ready to start organizing? … Then apply for a Walking College Fellowship today!
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America Walks, in partnership with AARP Livable Communities and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has opened up applications for individuals to apply for the 2023 suite of Walking College programs. The 6-month curriculum (requiring about 5 hours/week) includes modules on leadership development, coalition-building, walkable community design, local public policy, and strategic planning.
Learn about past Fellows
To learn more about the course and the impact it can have, check out Stories from the State Walking College: An Idea Book for Taking Action to Create More Walkable Communities. This brand-new publication (produced by America Walks with support from AARP Livable Communities) includes articles on “First Steps for Walkable Community Advocates” and “Getting Started with Walk Audits” as well as featuring the following Walking College Fellows and their projects:
- Ariel Hamburger (2021 Fellow working in San Diego, California)
- Juanita Edwards, Sybil Boutilier, and Vicki Nichols (2021 Fellows: Marin City and Sausalito, California)
- Keith Larson (2022 Fellow: Peachtree City, Georgia)
- Natalie Gille (2022 Fellow: Bemidji, Minnesota)
If you’re inspired by these stories and wish to unleash your own passion for walking and improving your community, now is the perfect time to take that first step. America Walks is currently accepting applications for the National Walking College (sponsored by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and several State Walking College programs (sponsored by AARP Livable Communities), through Friday, March 10th, 2023.
State-specific opportunities available
If you live in any of the following states, click on the relevant link for more information about that State Walking College program and the online application form:
- Alaska and New Mexico State Walking College
- Indiana State Walking College
- Kansas State Walking College
- Louisiana State Walking College
- Pennsylvania State Walking College
- Vermont State Walking College
Not in one of these states?
If you live elsewhere in the U.S. or Canada, please click on this link:
There are a limited number of Fellowships available for each of these programs, so the selection process is competitive. You are welcome to apply both to a State Walking College (if you live there) and to the national program – if selected, you will only receive a Fellowship to one of them.