Started as a school club by our founder, we became a nonprofit over 3 years ago with the hope of reaching as many students as possible to spread the ideas of ocean stewardship around Colorado, the country, and the globe. At the start of the 2013-14 school year, Teen4Oceans was 3 chapters strong; through their own motivation and passion, students from around the country grew our chapter base to 16 by the end of the school year. We have been growing purely on students’ drive to be ocean stewards and to connect with our planet’s most precious resource.
The dream of T4O, however, is as fragile as the places we work to protect. It requires consistent, dedicated funding to support each and every chapter and the behind-the-scenes efforts to provide the opportunities available to T4O members.
We are asking you to support the development of our Step Up for The Ocean program so that we can provide the resources necessary to help every T4O chapter thrive. This funding will cover costs for:
- Creating and distributing Action Kits to students and teachers
- Publishing the 1st edition of a Teens4Oceans Handbook
- Integration of the program into our outreach projects and events
- Establishing a social network within our chapters to facilitate chapter communication, friendships, and sharing stories about being ocean stewards
Being a T4O member is not all about traveling to exotic locations or seeing a sea turtle up close. It is about understanding why certain environments are treasures of this planet and why healthy, diverse ocean populations are necessary for a healthy global ecosystem. In our mission it says that T4O aims to “empower the next generation to become impassioned ocean stewards.” The students that sought us out to begin chapters in their own high school were impassioned ocean stewards before we met them. The difference is that through the Step Up for The Ocean program they will have the tools, the network, and the confidence to move forward with their desire to share their passion with others. Please help us provide this platform for success by donating and sharing our message with others that can help.
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