Roles & Responsibilities

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is the guiding youth 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 ocean advocates worldwide through GenSea, 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 (times TBD based on members’ schedules).
  • Serve on one of three committees: education/outreach, social media and community engagement, and events to drive the GenSea Community, support EarthEcho programs, and lead campaigns to mobilize youth-led action to protect our ocean planet.
  • Participate in communication/calls with committee members and EarthEcho staff as needed to ensure  objectives are met.
  • Plan and participate in the Youth Leadership Council Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for August 6-11, 2024 in the United States (All travel expenses for participants covered by EarthEcho International. Please note: In line with local and federal guidelines, all participants may be asked to wear a mask throughout the event and must provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19. In lieu of vaccination, participants may provide proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event.)
  • Plan, lead, and participate in the annual EarthEcho Youth Leadership Summit. The next Summit will take place through a global series of in person events organized by the YLC focused on youth leadership in advancing the High Seas Treaty.
  • Actively engage weekly in the GenSea platform, recruit new members to this growing global community of young ocean advocates, and build/participate in year-round networking, learning, and action opportunities for members.
  • Communicate regularly with EarthEcho Staff and fellow YLC members via e-mail and the GenSea platform.
  • 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 (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, TikTok, 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.