Supporting Youth Engagement and Leadership Worldwide

We believe that young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also today! Our youth engagement and leadership initiative is 100% collaborative and we create exciting strategies and campaigns with like-minded organizations to fully engage the power of youth.

By equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and networks to grow the movement for a healthy ocean and stable climate, as well as by working closely with a wide range of youth-led and youth-serving organizations, we are helping young people lead now to create transformative change.  

The Ocean Project is committed to inclusivity and providing opportunities for all, collaborating in unprecedented ways with others around the world to grow a movement for a more equitable and sustainable society and a healthy ocean and a safe climate that we all need to survive and thrive, no matter where we live. 

Our youth initiative 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 for young people, 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 intentionally work behind-the-scenes to help grow a broad, diverse, active, and united youth constituency for our blue planet. The impetus for launching our youth initiative in 2009 was years of  comprehensive research that underscored the importance of engaging younger generations and diverse communities in conservation.

The monthly update, Rising Blue Network Newsletter, helps connect young people and youth organizations and promotes events and opportunities for youth to collaboratively grow a global youth movement for ocean and climate action. 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 Johnson Ohana Foundation, founded by Kim and Jack Johnson to support environmental, art, and music education. We also appreciate the All At Once All At Once matching grant.

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!