Started in 2021, Bow Seat’s Future Blue Youth Council is a global group of young people working together to advance Bow Seat’s mission and to empower fellow peers to advocate for their future and for our environment.
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2021 Future Blue Youth Council
Sarah is a community mobilizer that strives to take advantage of every opportunity to make the world a better place. She is very passionate about social and environmental activism, which derives from her motivated and driven personality. She is always looking for opportunities to grow, challenge herself, and make a difference.
Sarah is an alumna of the Greenhouse Youth Innovation Program, where she wrote and illustrated a book that educates children about the stigma surrounding people with disabilities. She served on the Multi-Action Council at her high school as a Committee Chair, and is the co-founder of Muslim Artists for Justice.
Akhila is a Freakonomics enthusiast, octopus lover, and poet. She has lived in Phoenix, Arizona, for most of her life, but is currently attending Princeton University. The recipient of Bow Seat’s Gold Award for poetry in 2017, her poetry has been featured by Greenpeace USA, The Ocean Project, and Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, among others.
Past the page, Akhila works towards environmental justice. She has served as an organizer with Arizona Youth Climate Coalition, on Earth Echo’s Youth Leadership Council, and as a delegate for Sea Youth Rise Up.
Akhila believes one of the most accessible ways young people can get involved in their local community is through art. To that end, she co-founded and served as co-president of Creative Youth of Arizona. She also co-launched Phoenix’s first Youth Poet Laureate Program.
New York, USA
Ainsley is a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her connection to the ocean was forged during the many summers spent on Jeju Island, South Korea.
Ainsley was involved with Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Contest since she was in eighth grade. She has won multiple awards for her submissions to the film, poetry, and visual arts categories. She is passionate about the ways that art and science intersect, and is eager to apply them in her studies, activism, and the world beyond.
Raúl is a student at Rhode Island School of Design. His love for the environment has propelled him to create films and join initiatives to promote its stewardship. He produces videos to educate about paleontology, evolutionary biology, and accurate science topics. His mission is to advocate for the environment and the improvement of societies through products or ideas.
Having grown up in a country that is dependent on agriculture for sustenance, Sekai has always had a keen interest in the environment, her surroundings, and how human activities have an impact on our environment. First-hand experience of facing the consequences of years of neglect towards the environment has been a major drive in her desire to fight for the environment. Sekai has participated in several campaigns for the environment, working in conjunction with various organizations such as Mukuvisi Woodlands to come up with effective solutions to preserve our environment.
A lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, Sophia grew up loving the water. Ocean advocacy has been her passion since she experienced the BP Oil Spill in 2010. Sophia loves channeling the voice of nature through her writing. She received a Silver Award for her prose essay in Bow Seat’s 2019 contest, “Estuaries: Where the Tide Meets the Stream.” Sophia enjoys playing with her many cats, writing too many poems, and going on adventures to fuel her photography addiction.
Since she was young and exploring the tiny creek by her home, Sylvia has always been interested in the natural world and its preservation. A student at Wellesley College, she hopes to combine English with climate science to create stories that spur climate action and encourage ocean conversation. Sylvia was a Finalist in the 2020 Cincinnati Overture Awards, and she has received a Gold Award and Notable Award from the Ocean Awareness Contest.
New Jersey, USA
Ashley is devoted to using the power of visual arts to raise awareness and inspire people’s views and behaviors regarding environmental issues. She has produced numerous works of art with environmental themes and is especially passionate about applying her art as a tool to convey messages and educate young students in her community.
Ashley co-founded Generation Green, an online magazine for environmental articles, photography, and artwork, which fosters a community of writers and artists who share the goal of building a sustainable future. In addition to using the arts to further her environmental advocacy, Ashley is passionate about environmental justice and works with grassroots organizations to fight for equitable climate policies.
British Columbia, Canada
Jasmine lives surrounded by the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. She’s passionate about art, science, and bringing the two together to educate and inspire. As an artist and entrepreneur, she created her own sustainable business to share her love of the ocean with the world. Through Ocean Child Creative, she creates art based on local marine life and uses creativity as a tool for conservation.
When she’s not working on conserving the oceans or painting, she enjoys baking, dancing, and any activity that involves the coast.
Even though he lives deep in heart of Texas, Jude has been passionate about oceans and coastal microclimates his whole life, having spent summers in South Carolina’s low country since he was a kid. Jude is a senior at Austin High School, where he plays for the varsity tennis team and represents Austin High as a Peer Health Educator for a city-wide program. Jude plans to major in global and environmental studies in college. In his spare time, Jude loves to research extreme weather, aggravate his sister, root for the Longhorns, and play with his cats.
Uttar Pradesh, India
Curiosity and a penchant for exploring unheard narratives have been the guiding forces behind Anjali’s work as a writer and environmentalist. Having been in close contact with nature and wildlife from childhood, she seeks to inspire and create awareness through her writing. She strongly believes that the first step towards change is awareness.
Anjali’s first book on the transformative power of friendship, Forbidden, was published in 2021.
Red has participated in the Ocean Awareness Contest for several years, most notably making the cover of the 2019 Yearbook and receiving a Gold Award in the 2020 Interactive and Multimedia category. Their view on the ongoing climate crisis was formed by their awareness of the effects of unfettered capitalism in America, and the lack of government action taken against fossil fuel corporations that are the root cause of ocean warming and acidification.
Canterbury, New Zealand
E Wen is an accomplished poet, innovator, and community-builder. She is the founder of P.S. Our Beaches and the winner of the 2020 National Schools Poetry Award. E Wen is studying towards an LLB/BSc at the University of Canterbury. E Wen enjoys running, biking and the outdoors, and is excited to empower young people to advocate for their future and for our blue planet.
As a logophile and melophile, Yutong’s taste for literature and music is quite eclectic. When she is not freewriting to emo rap, you will most likely find her delving into interdisciplinary interpretations of some 90s rock opera. Originally at sea when she sailed out into this ocean of knowledge, she hopes to bring back tidings of exotic findings from her experience as a Future Blue Youth Council member to serve as a bridge between languages and cultures.