What is the Marine Plastics Ambassador program?

EarthEcho has partnered with SC Johnson to build a network of youth to become Marine Plastics Ambassadors—a force for ocean restoration through the elimination of marine debris. This program will empower and engage 25 young changemakers (ages 16-22 in the Great Lakes region) with the skills and resources to execute plastics pollution mitigation campaigns or projects to address the issue authentically in their local communities.

Who can participate in the Marine Plastics Ambassador program?

The 2024 Marine Plastics Ambassador program is open to youth ages 16 to 22 (at the time of application) that reside within the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes region includes the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario.

How do I submit an application?

Submit your application using the Apply Now! Button.  Applications are due by March 1, 2024 at 11:59pm EASTERN.

Can I be a Marine Plastics Ambassador if I am not located in the Great Lakes region?

The Marine Plastics Ambassador program currently does not operate outside the Great Lakes region. However, you can join our GenSea network to learn about more EarthEcho opportunities in your region and be notified when the Marine Plastics Ambassador program expands.

What are the key dates for the program?

Applications are due March 1st at 11:59pm EASTERN. Successful applicants will participate in a 3-day kick-off event in Chicago, IL in mid- April. Following the kick-off event, Ambassadors will attend twice weekly seminars for 10 weeks, after which they will have the opportunity to submit a proposal for funding to support a plastic reduction campaign or project in their community. Ambassadors will conduct their campaigns over the course of the summer. All Ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend an event with youth leaders participating in EarthEcho’s other programs in August 2024.

What are other ways I can connect with EarthEcho International?

Be sure to connect with us via social media on Facebook, Twitter/X, LinkedIn, and Instagram to learn the latest about our work and opportunities for young conservation leaders. Be sure to join GenSea for the latest updates and opportunities from EarthEcho for young ocean leaders!

Still have questions? Please direct additional questions to sam@earthecho.org.

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