Through the CARTITILLA program, we identify students who show a strong interest and motivation to remain involved in conservation activities and we invite them to participate in Proyecto Titi’s Titi Lideres conservation leadership program. The Titi Lideres program focuses on providing students with the skills to identify environmental challenges in their communities related to the conservation of cotton-top tamarins and their forest habitat. Then, we guide them through designing and implementing solutions to these challenges. During a 10-month period, students learn how to design a proposal with a timeline and budget, how to raise funds so that they can implement their project, how to plan and schedule their activities and manage their time, and they learn how to evaluate their performance.
It its first year, our education team worked with 24 students in three rural communities. At the end of the program students have engaged and educated their community on their conservation projects and many go on to lead new initiatives in their community on their own.