An important goal of the Fellowship Grant Program is to create a peer community where we can support and uplift each other to create meaningful change for a healthier planet.
Many of us Future Blue Youth Council members have participated in youth-led environmental initiatives and even launched our own nonprofit organizations, and we are eager to share our tips, key learnings, and networks with you! Visit this page often to find out about updated office hours, new webinars and toolkits, and other resources!
“By combining toolkits, webinars, mentorship, and funding, the Fellowship will act as an incubator for grantees and their projects to flourish.”
— Jasmine Rodman, 2021 Future Blue Youth Council member, 16, Canada
Community Projects Webinar
About the Presenting Council Members:
Jasmine Rodman is a high school student from Vancouver Island, Canada, and lives surrounded by the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean. She’s passionate about art and 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. In addition to being a member of Bow Seat’s Future Blue Youth Council, she is involved with numerous local ocean conservation and advocacy initiatives.
Sarah Ahmed 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 also 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 serves the Multi-Action Council at her school as a Committee Chair, and is the co-founder of Muslim Artists for Justice.
E Wen Wong is a first-year law and science student based in Christchurch, New Zealand. As the founder of P.S. Our Beaches (Plastic Solution for Our Beaches), E Wen coordinates the EnviroPAST conference, science communication initiatives, and environmental poetry projects, alongside beach clean-ups and tree plantings for youth. Through her connection with Bow Seat, E Wen has formed a strong interest in the intersection between art and science.
Exploring Youth Advocacy With Heirs to Our Oceans
About Our Featured Speakers:
Catarina Lorenzo is a 14-year-old global activist and surfer originally from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil! She is part of the petition children.vs.climate crisis and spoke at the UN with 15 children from all over the world. She is also part of the collective S.O.S Vale Encantado, Heirs to Our Oceans, Green Kingdom, and was a Young Eco Women 2020 Ambassador. She spoke at the opening of Ocean Decade, at the brave new ocean event and is a High Seas youth ambassador. Recently, she has been developing a project called Eco Club Sustentare, which will focus on environmental education and sustainability.
Shay Muñoz is a high school junior from the San Francisco Bay Area who has been a member of the Heirs to Our Oceans Pescadero chapter for three years, working on many projects including cleanups, presentations and community outreach, and initiatives to reduce single-use plastic in her school and community. She has attended multiple H2OO SEALs (Summit for Empowerment, Action and Leadership) and has been a part of the RAISE (Regenerative Agriculture and Indigenous Systems for Our Environment) initiative for two years where they are currently working on a comprehensive research paper about regenerative agriculture reviewed by scientists, farmers, and indigenous leaders.
Fifteen-year-old Dakota Peebler, an independent learner in the San Francisco Bay Area, started a global movement with her sibling Charley and family in May 2016. They formed the nonprofit Heirs To Our Oceans (H2OO), which is committed to empowering, educating and connecting all youth around the protection of the ocean and waterways, and climate action for the next generation and future generations to come.
Future Blue Youth Council: What Inspires Us to Create & Advocate for the Environment?
Have a project idea, but don't know where to start?
This toolkit will walk you through the various stages of project initiation.
A visual identity will help you communicate your project
This toolkit will introduce you to the basics of graphic design to create a project logo and flyer.
Want to tackle a water issue, but not sure what to do?
Here are ideas of simple projects that can have a big impact!
Need funds and awareness for your project?
This toolkit will introduce you to popular ways to raise additional money for and engage your community in your initiative.
Bow Seat’s Resource Studio
This curated space includes artwork, articles, quizzes, visualization tools, videos, and more to help you learn about environmental issues, and how to use art and creativity as tools in conservation movements.Dive In
Bow Seat’s Gallery
We believe in the power of the creative arts to raise awareness of environmental issues in ways that inspire the public to take action. We encourage you to use the creative arts whenever possible throughout your project. Consider how flyers, videos, social media posts, or other forms of creative expression can play an important role in meeting the goals of your project. For inspiration, check out our Gallery of student artwork!Gallery