Youth for the Ocean

Youth engagement and leadership development is one of The Ocean Project’s top priorities. For the most recent updates please visit our blog.

Based on comprehensive research that underscores the importance of engaging younger generations in conservation, our youth initiative helps develop a broad, diverse, active, and united youth constituency. This initiative seeks to accelerate youth engagement and leadership with our zoo, aquarium, and museum partners and others worldwide.

Youth make up nearly one-half of the world’s population.  By supporting youth leadership development, we are supporting the leaders of not only the future, but also right now! Youth advocacy is needed for making conservation successful for the long-term. Working with our youth partners, including universities, youth networks, aquariums and zoos around the world, and many others, we are building a global youth alliance. We are promoting campaigns that young people have chosen to address, partnering across generations to fight carbon pollution, habitat degradation, overfishing, plastics pollution, and related issues and advocating for sustainable actions and government policies that result in healthier oceans and a more sustainable society.

The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council helps grow the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8th and creates opportunities for ocean conservation throughout the year. Council members are instrumental in shaping the future of World Oceans Day with their fresh ideas and unique perspectives. Council members gain valuable learning experiences, make connections with other young leaders, and put their skills, talents, and networking skills to use, helping generate more youth to get actively involved in opportunities for ocean conservation.

Sea Youth Rise Up connects youth from within and beyond our network, empowering them to become ocean champions and providing them with opportunities to connect with policymakers, corporate, and other social leaders. Launched for World Oceans Day 2016 by The Ocean Project, Big Blue & You, and the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, Sea Youth Rise Up was designed as a platform for young people to speak for our ocean, sharing the important work of young conservation leaders and inspiring a global audience of youth to understand the important leadership role they play in protecting the ocean, and making sure decision-makers fully recognize the importance of involving youth throughout the process of creating a better future. With World Oceans Day as their rallying point, the Sea Youth Rise Up campaign has brought seven young ocean conservationists each year from a number of countries to New York City and Washington D.C., providing training and supporting these incredible ocean advocates to share their message with world leaders at the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the White House, and with their peers around our blue planet. Visit the Sea Youth Rise Up website. Stay tuned for Sea Youth Rise Up 2019!


Sea Youth Rise Up

For younger audiences, The Ocean Project collaborates with Unite for Literacy to help children and their families become more ocean literate and learn how we are all connected to the ocean, no matter where we live. We're working with partners to create and curate books on a range of topics, all housed in the Global Ocean and Aquatic Library. This collection was developed as a free online resource for children and families around the world. Online books are narrated in numerous languages and print books are available for our partners and friends to widely share in their communities.