Roles & Responsibilities

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is the guiding voice driving the development and implementation of EarthEcho’s global programs designed to support our vision of a world where every individual, from all backgrounds and experiences, has the opportunity and tools to create a healthy, thriving ocean planet. YLC members expand the reach and impact of EarthEcho’s programs, design collaborative campaigns to mobilize young environmental leaders worldwide, and learn alongside a global network of their peers while gaining skills to support personal conservation work.

YLC members will commit to the following during their two-year term:

  • Dedicate a minimum of eight hours per month to YLC activities.
  • Participate in one full YLC video call every month.
  • Serve on a Program Committee to provide guidance and support as needed to expand the reach and impact of EarthEcho’s core programs (Water Challenge, EarthEcho Academy, OurEcho Challenge, and Expeditions).
  • Serve on a Campaign Committee to drive the implementation of the OceanEcho 30x30 campaign – a YLC-led initiative focused on activating youth leaders to support efforts to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030 through education/outreach, restoration projects, and policy/advocacy engagement.
  • Participate in communication/calls with committee members and EarthEcho staff as needed to ensure campaign and program objectives are met.
  • Plan, lead, and participate in the annual EarthEcho Youth Leadership Summit, held virtually August 6-8, 2021 (all applicants should hold these dates on their calendar).
  • Plan, lead, and participate in an EarthEcho Capitol Hill Week advocacy experience and annual meeting, tentatively scheduled for November 6-10, 2021 in Washington D.C. (all travel expenses for participants covered by EarthEcho International – applicants should hold these dates on their calendar).
  • Plan, lead, and participate in quarterly EarthEcho Youth Action Network events and develop year-round activation and professional development opportunities for this growing, global community of young environmental leaders.
  • Communicate regularly with EarthEcho Staff and fellow YLC members via e-mail and WhatsApp.
  • Work with fellow YLC members virtually between calls to carry out Council projects and activities.
  • Report progress on YLC projects to EarthEcho International staff, providing access to any media or digital content that EarthEcho can share online.
  • Utilize existing and pilot new EarthEcho materials in your communities to provide constructive feedback and suggestions on new materials.
  • Collaborate with fellow YLC members and EarthEcho staff to manage Council structure and operations.
  • Actively engage with EarthEcho on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), sharing EarthEcho announcements and news via personal and/or organizational social media platforms.
  • Respond to opportunities to generate social media posts, video content and written publications.
  • Represent EarthEcho through conferences and speaking engagements (EarthEcho to share opportunities as they arise - members may also have the opportunity to speak with and/or on behalf of EarthEcho International co-founder, Philippe Cousteau).
  • Interact with and potentially serve as a youth member on EarthEcho International’s Board of Directors.
  • Be a positive voice for EarthEcho in your school, organization, and community.