The Ocean Project has been working with a couple of our ZAM partners – Seattle Aquarium and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher – on precisely this issue and seeing promising headway. Seattle’s P.S. We Love You campaign has already seen significant success in motivating teen volunteers to take action and inspire their friends and families to action, while NC Fort Fisher’s Beach Reach utilizes social media to “bring beaches back to life, pier to pier and peer to peer”. We are about to start working more closely with WCS and the New York Aquarium and look forward to sharing our findings with you, hopefully soon.
Have a successful program that is youth-driven that you would care to share? Let us know (leave a comment below or email us) about your experiences so we can share with the ZAM community. Together, we can figure out how to best provide guidance and empower youth to be the next wave for ocean conservation.