How old to I have to be to apply for the Youth Leadership Council?

Youth Leadership Council members must be between the ages of 15-22 at the time of application.

How long do members serve on the Youth Leadership Council?

Members serve a two year term on the Youth Leadership Council.

Can I apply for the Youth Leadership Council if I live outside of the United States?

International applicants are encouraged to apply for the Youth Leadership Council this year, and in upcoming even-numbered years e.g. 2024, 2026, 2028. All applicants should have the ability to clearly write and communicate in the English language.

What will I be doing as a Youth Leadership Council member?

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is the guiding youth voice driving the development and implementation of EarthEcho’s global programs designed to provide knowledge and develop tools to drive meaningful environmental action to protect and restore our ocean planet. Council members connect through monthly calls and virtual communication to provide guidance and leadership to EarthEcho’s programs while leading international campaigns to mobilize their peers to take ocean conservation action. Council members serve on committees to drive the implementation of the YLC’s OceanEcho 30x30 campaign, create learning and action opportunities for young conservation leaders worldwide, and support the development of EarthEcho’s programs. Council members also have the opportunity to attend in-person meetings and training events, represent EarthEcho at conferences and community events, and collaborate with EarthEcho partners as opportunities arise.

What background experience do I need to apply?

While no specific background experience is required, Council members are selected to ensure the group contains members with diverse skill sets and experiences, a passion for environmental conservation/sustainability, and an interest in providing a youth voice to the work of EarthEcho International.

What are examples of past projects Youth Leadership Council members have been involved in?

Council members have a diverse role providing input and ideas to shape EarthEcho International’s existing and developing programs, while implementing their own campaigns to support EarthEcho’s work. YLC led initiatives have included:

OceanEcho 30x30 (Current Campaign) – an international campaign led by EarthEcho’s YLC designed to amplify the collective impact of youth-led action to protect 30% of our world ocean by 2030. To date, this campaign has reached over 16,000 community members directly through educational events and outreach on the importance of marine protected areas, mobilized youth leaders worldwide to advance policy supporting marine protected areas and ocean-based climate solutions, and engaged youth leaders in communities from Puerto Rico to Hawaii and Argentina to the Galapagos in coastal habitat restoration efforts.

Future in the Bag - a community-centered campaign that provides resources and tools to empower young people to create reusable bag swap stations at local stores and create support for local plastic bag ordinances.

YLC hosted Virtual Events connecting students around the world to STEM career mentors and conservationists while creating virtual idea sharing and collaboration opportunities for young leaders.

I completed my EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council application – what happens next?

Applications will be reviewed over the coming weeks by a team from EarthEcho International. During this time some applicants may be contacted for follow-up interviews. All applicants will be notified of their application status by early June of their application year.

What are other ways I can connect with EarthEcho International?

Join the OceanEcho Community – our new online hub connecting young ocean advocate for year-round networking, learning, and collective action to protect and restore our ocean planet. Additionally, be sure to connect with EarthEcho via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Still have questions? Please direct additional questions to Sean Russell via email at SRussell@earthecho.org or 202-350-3190.