Rising Blue: Supporting Diverse Youth Leadership

Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also today! And supporting youth leadership and advocacy in collaboration with youth-led and youth-serving organizations is a top priority of The Ocean Project. We are committed to inclusivity and providing opportunities for all, radically collaborating with others around the world to grow a movement for a more equitable and sustainable society and a healthy ocean that we all need to survive and thrive, no matter where we live. 

We have intentionally worked behind-the-scenes since 2009 to support young people and youth-serving organizations to collaboratively grow a broad, diverse, active, and united youth constituency for our blue planet. The impetus for our launching a super collaborative youth engagement and leadership initiative was  years of comprehensive research that we undertook underscoring the importance of engaging younger generations and diverse communities in conservation.

Rising Blue provides important leadership opportunities for youth and ensures that decision-makers fully recognize the importance of involving diverse young people throughout the process of creating a better future. We provide training and support for these incredible ocean advocates, many of whom have shared their stories and messages for stronger conservation policies with national and world leaders and decisionmakers, including with the United Nations, at global conferences, the U.S. Congress and the White House, with corporate leaders, the media, and with their peers around our blue planet.


We created a monthly update, Rising Blue Network Newsletter to help connect young people and promote youth organizations and collaboratively grow a diverse global youth movement for our shared ocean and climate. You can see past issues here.

Thank you to Supporters of our Super Collaborative Youth Initiative

Special thanks to all our Supporters, especially the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, as well as The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Foundation, founded by Kim and Jack Johnson to support environmental, art, and music education. Your collective and long-term support allows us to continually grow the reach and impact of our super collaborative global youth initiative and network. Thank you!