Youth Leadership & Engagement
Surfrider Foundation launched the youth engagement program in 2008 in response to overwhelming interest across the country from young people that wished to become more involved in Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program creates a platform to meet the demand by young people for opportunities to influence environmental action through service, development, leadership, civic engagement and organizing by way of collective empowerment of our chapter network.
This program focuses on the development of environmental stewardship projects - at their schools, campuses or local communities. These projects range from beach clean ups to plastic free campus to greening your campus. Project-based learning helps teaches young people to:
- Develop awareness of issues affecting our waterways & coastlines;
- Construct collaborative solutions on what they learn;
- Communication skills that move others to action; and
- Most importantly, be able to make a difference for something their interests and passions.
Our success to affect widespread action to protect our coasts comes in part by motivating ordinary young people to take action in local coastal conservation. The Youth Leadership Program sets the stage to ensure our network grows and builds the next generation of leaders and provides us with the opportunity to expand beyond the coastal zone.
Support for the Youth Leadership Program is made possible through a generous donations from the Dillon Henry and Windsong Foundation. The Dillon Henry Foundation was created in memory of Dillon Henry -- a surfer, teen activist and committed Surfrider supporter with a love of education. To learn more about Dillon and the Dillon Henry Foundation please visit www.dillonslist.org
We are looking for students who are passionate about our ocean and looking for leadership opportunities and fun! There are many ways to get involved with the Surfrider Foundation and any one or all of them helps contribute to our core mission of engaged activism.
- Start a Surfrider Foundation Club at your school
- Students & Teachers can participate in our Google Hang Out Sessions with special speakers from all over that want to chat with you about amazing projects
- Sign up for Action Alerts https://secured.surfrider.org/action/
- Want to do something cool over school break? How about volunteering with us
- Participate in a Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
- Volunteer with you Local Chapter http://www.surfrider.org/chapters
- Set up a tribute and ask your friends to donate in lieu of birthday gifts to show support for all our amazing coastal victories
Ready to get started?
Submit a request to tell us how you want to get involved!
Already have an approved Surfrider School club and need to sign up or renew your individual student waiver www.surfrider.org/clubs/signup
Starting a Surfrider School Club
Students, administrators and teachers can start a club at their local school. Every district works a little differently, but most schools club programs need to be approved by the school administration first. Visit your school office and ask questions about the process for getting a Surfrider Foundation club approved. You need to fulfill certain requirements in order to receive an official charter from us.
Where do I find the club registration information?
Once you've filled out the request form above the criteria is emailed to you. The criterion is simple: minimum of one student officer, 10 members, and a dedicated environmental service project for the year.
Do I need an advisor?
We do require an advisor for school clubs. At the elementary school level, any club activities must have an adult chaperone present. This is similar to typical school field trip requirements.
Is there a cost to start a club?
There is no membership requirement. We do encourage you to still become a member.
Do I need to have parental waivers signed for all club members?
Yes. Anyone who participates at any sponsored or official Surfrider Foundation Club activity must sign a waiver form. Please contact the Youth Manager for copies.
May 22 2015
UNCW Surfrider College Club member and Youth Leadership Program summer intern Alexandra Brooks shares her experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.
May 22 2015
Cal State Channel Island College Club Chair Kevin Piper shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4-part series.
May 22 2015
Cal Poly College Club Chair Alex Ly shares his experience attending 5th Annual Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC May 11-14th. This is a 4 part series.
May 20 2015
On May 11-14th Surfrider staff and four college students from a variety of Surfrider Clubs across the US attend the Blue Vision Summit in DC. Hosted by the Blue Frontier Campaign, the Blue Vision Summit brought together ocean advocates, scientists, and members of industry to discuss ways to advance marine conservation. This is a 4-part series.
May 05 2015
The Vancouver Island Chapter is using their Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing program to promote environmental stewardship in youth and ensure safe and healthy access to local coastal habitats. This video documents how engaged the participating kids are in both the water quality testing and protecting the beach, coastal habitats and marine life.
January 07 2015
The Coos Bay Chapter has teamed up with a science class at Bandon High School to increase youth engagement in local water quality issues.
March 26 2012
We love receiving videos from students who understand the connection between what we do on land and how it affects the ocean. Here is a "First Flush" video from "Team Marine" at Santa Monica High School and an Urban Runoff video from the "Green Team" at Hughes Middle School in Long Beach, CA. Way to go kids!