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Empowering Young Conservation Leaders
by Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit aims to empower young people with the inspiration, resources, and funds to successfully implement diverse ocean conservation projects in their local communities. Through this one day, event held at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL, and through youth-driven satellite Summits, young people learn about threats facing marine ecosystems, are inspired by their peers working to address these challenges, and work with mentors to develop an action plan for their own ocean conservation project.

The program then provides young people an opportunity to take part in skill building trainings, equipping them with knowledge in areas such as public speaking, marketing, fundraising, working with government officials, citizen science, and using art to communicate conservation messages in order to ensure they have the skills needed to carry out their projects. Through a monthly e-newsletter, the Youth Ocean Conservation Team network connects all Summit alumni, providing resources and opportunities for continued growth of the youth-led conservation projects emerging from these events. A mini-grant program offers funds directly to Summit alumni to support their projects.

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit commits to activate a minimum of 500 young people per year, provide support through mini-grants for their programs, and expand the Summit program internationally to reach and connect a greater audience of young conservation leaders. Youth leaders will continue to be recruited to drive the expansion and growth of this program, and its impact will be measured through reports of the projects carried out by youth participants.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
Plan and implement the first satellite Youth Ocean Conservation Summit outside of the United States.
December 2017
Reach 100 mini-grants distributed to young conservation leaders.
December 2017
Engage over 2,000 young people in Youth Ocean Conservation Summit events to date.
Financing (in USD)
10,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - December 2018
Mote Marine Laboratory (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sean Russell, Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Director, srussell92@comcast.net,
Sarasota, FL, United States
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