Thank you for your interest in the EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council! Applications for the 2024 class of YLC members are open through May 6, 2024. The 2024 Youth Leadership Council application is accessible through GenSea, EarthEcho’s digital community platform connecting our global community of young ocean advocates.

Not a member of GenSea? Sign-up today and activate your account to access and complete the 2024 Youth Leadership Council application by May 6.

Already a GenSea member? Complete your application for the 2024 Youth Leadership Council!

When completing your application, you will be asked to respond to the following essay questions (maximum of 250 words per answer). It is recommended that you draft your answers to these questions prior to starting the online application form.

  1. Why do you want to serve as an EarthEcho International Youth Leadership Council Member?
  2. What unique skills and experiences will you bring to the Youth Leadership Council and how will these support the work of EarthEcho International?
  3. What leadership traits do you value? Describe a time when you have utilized some or all of these traits to organize a team or group to accomplish a goal or overcome an obstacle.
  4. What motivates your advocacy? What is an environmental issue(s) you are passionate about and why? You have the option to submit your response to Question 4 in a video response. You may choose to write the essay or submit a video response but not both. The video response cannot exceed 3 minutes.

When applying, you will also be required to secure a recommendation from a non-family member who can speak to your communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. The recommendation may be written by a teacher/school faculty member, employer, youth program leader, and/or peer. Please direct your recommender to this form to submit their reference by May 6, 2024.

When submitting your application, you will have the opportunity to include supplemental materials/links to media content created by you or highlighting your work and examples or videos highlighting your communication/public speaking skills. If you would like to include these materials, consider compiling them in advance.

Applicants for the Youth Leadership Council in 2024 should:

  • Be between the ages of 15-22 at the time of application
  • demonstrate a passion for environmental conservation and evidence of leadership experience
  • Have experience working collaboratively with a team of youth and adults
  • Possess an understanding of ocean, environmental, and climate related issues
  • Have a desire to support EarthEcho International’s work and provide a youth perspective to the development of EarthEcho’s programs
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills in the English language

Questions? Contact Sean Russell at