Ocean Discovery Institute uses science to empower young people from urban and diverse backgrounds to transform their lives, their community, and ultimately our world. The organization generates the spark that makes young people want to learn and inspires them to become tomorrow’s scientific and environmental leaders.
Ocean Discovery focuses its efforts in one geographic area, City Heights in central San Diego, working to connect an entire community to science and conservation. Annually, the organization reaches 6,000 young people with tuition-free programs, and is growing to serve 20,000 individuals each year. Ocean Discovery believes that these young people have unlimited potential and want to make a difference. Ultimately, their discoveries will reveal new ways to protect the environment, improve the health of our communities, and strengthen the quality of life in our world.
Winner of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, Ocean Discovery addresses a pressing need. The future of humankind and our planet is reliant on innovation, strategic problem solving, and developing our leaders for the next generation. However, today we face a national crisis as a dearth of high quality science education is leaving tomorrow’s leaders underprepared to address our greatest challenges. In the United States, the most promising untapped talent pool lies within our underserved communities – the population with the least access to science. Ocean Discovery’s high quality science and environmental programs awaken a love of science, build scientific knowledge, and motivate young people to pursue careers in the sciences.