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 in Surfrider Foundation’s activities on their campuses and communities. The program has grown to a wide range of activities including organizing school clubs and initiatives based on project-based learning. These range from beach clean ups to eliminating single use plastics on-campus to greening your campus.
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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

Get Involved

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.

Ready to get started?

Submit a request to tell us how you want to get involved!

Already approved club?

Your Club needs to sign up and/or renew your individual student memberships

Starting a Surfrider School Club Information

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: 3 student officers, 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.

Ryan Cruse, Youth Network Manager,

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