Collaborative Youth Leadership for Our Blue Planet

Young people are the leaders of today and tomorrow, 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. 

Since 2009, we have intentionally worked behind-the-scenes to support youth leaders and youth-serving organizations to collaboratively grow a broad, diverse, active, and united youth constituency for our blue planet. Our work is based on comprehensive research that underscores the importance of engaging younger generations in conservation

To view the most recent issue of the Rising Blue Network Newsletter, click here!

Spotlight on Youth Organizations

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If you are involved with an organization interested in joining the fast-growing Rising Blue Network, click here. This effort is powered by the collective action of all, is totally free, and is committed to inclusivity and radical collaboration...for our shared blue planet!

World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council

With their fresh ideas and unique and diverse perspectives, Council members are instrumental in shaping World Oceans Day, growing its reach and impact in June and advocating for ocean conservation throughout the year. Council members gain valuable experience and make life-long connections with other leaders. From developing youth-led projects to actively participating in conferences around the world, Council members put their skills, talents, and networking abilities to use - inspiring both youth to get actively involved and adults to make the right decisions.

 

The Council currently consists of 25 young people representing 22 countries.

The next call for applications to join the Council will go out in late June 2021. If you're on the youth email list to get monthly updates, you'll be receiving a notice at that time.

Rise Up! Youth Webinar Series

Launched in early 2020, this youth-led monthly webinar series connects young people, including those associated with youth groups, schools, aquariums, zoos, and more with a global online community of change makers focused on protecting our shared blue planet – together!  By youth and for youth, each webinar highlights what youth are doing to safeguard the ocean, protect the climate, and address other related environmental issues, and provide opportunities for how others can get involved.

Click here to register for future Rise Up! Youth Webinars
Watch previous episodes here!

Most Recent Episode:

Episode 10: Making Conservation Relevant with California Academy of Sciences

Why does conservation need to be relevant in the first place?

How do you ensure environmental information on TikTok is factual?

What is the role social media plays in inspiring people to take action?

These questions and more will be answered during this action packed webinar with California Academy of Sciences Careers in Science interns.

Youth-a-thon

The first-ever Youth-a-thon was held in June 2020. A 24-hour livestream event, this unique event allowed young people around the world the opportunity to learn more about conservation efforts and environmental issues, connect with a global community of young change makers, and join the movement to take action to protect our shared ocean, climate, and blue planet.

Over the course of 24 hours, there were 24 one-hour sessions with 24 interrelated topics on conservation, art, environmental justice, plastic pollution, creative writing, storytelling, climate change, marine biology, activism, and more, each with a call to action! Throughout the 24 hours, youth were provided opportunities to help with the World Oceans Day 2020 conservation action focus on collaborating with the Campaign for Nature and the push for 30x30.

Join them and sign the 30x30 petition now!

Check out some of the previous Youth-a-thon videos!

Click here to view the full list of 2020 videos.

Sea Youth Rise Up

Sea Youth Rise Up supports youth to become ocean champions and provides them with opportunities to connect with policymakers. Collaboratively developed by The Ocean Project, Big Blue & You, and the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, the Sea Youth Rise Up campaign provides important leadership opportunities for youth and ensures that decision-makers fully recognize the importance of involving young people throughout the process of creating a better future. We provide training and support these incredible ocean advocates to share their message with world leaders at the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, the White House, corporate leaders, and with their peers around our blue planet. 

Thanks to our Supporters

Special thanks to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation, and the Johnson Ohana Foundation for their long-term support of our collaborative youth initiative.