The Youth Action Plan Project
The Youth Action Plan project was created in response to community’s view that an education focus on sustainable ocean management should include their youth. In partnership with Bluecology, the Youth Action Plan Project was developed in 2015 and the first youth team arrived shortly after Typhoon Maysak hit the Ulithi Atoll.
Each summer we bring a dynamic team of students, educators, and adventurers with us to Ulithi. We work together to assist community leaders, local students and the One People One Reef team with the development of an action plan for youth leadership.
You can learn more about the program and how you can join us at Bluecology’s website!
My name is Gwen . I am from Santa Cruz, California and I’m a student at Cabrillo College. Currently, I am working towards achieving my dream of being a marine biologist. I feel so grateful to be part of this amazing opportunity to make a difference in ocean conservation. I have been inspired for years by the work that is being done on the outer islands of Micronesia. I look forward to connecting with the people there and working together to create a sustainable future.
My name is Emily Barney, and I just finished up my time at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. I will be transferring in the fall to Santa Clara University and will also be moving to the big city - San Francisco! However, before all the changes to come, I am beyond excited about the chance to go to Ulithi with this incredible, and diverse team of scientists and students. I have fallen in love with Ecology and conservation after having taken Nicole Crane’s class, and this experience will only solidify my interest in the field (hopefully). Not to mention having the opportunity to experience such a different culture than my own, and help improve the lives of all these wonderful people. The countdown is on!! And I cannot wait to meet everyone, and make some memories that will be sure to last a lifetime!
I was born in San Francisco, California and was raised in cold waters of Northern California. The ocean is my passion and my escape. I am an avid surfer and diver and a certified saltwater addict. I am currently a marine biology student at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz and a student of Nicole Crane. I am very excited about the opportunity we have to make a difference in Ulithi and so grateful to be a part of this amazing opportunity.
Hello, there! I am a dog-loving, beach-going, pie-eating, forest-hiking, piano-playing girl from Davis, California. The environment, both terrestrial and marine, has always dazzled me. Living in Santa Cruz really established my love for the ocean and its systems. Although the way that most humans treat the oceans makes me disheartened, I find my inspiration and passion through the strength of others, like the Ulithians. I am honored to have the opportunity to learn about their tight-knit society, their traditions, and to understand how to coexist with the other 71% of our planet.