Our Work

Surfrider Foundation’s Youth Network

Surfrider Foundation launched the Youth Network in 2008 in response to overwhelming interest across the country from young people that wished to become more involved with the Surfrider Foundation.   Our Youth Network 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 network 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 Network 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 Network 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