Ocean Bridge

Ocean Bridge connects Canadian youth from coast to coast to coast empowering them to make a difference towards ocean conservation. Each year 40 youth (ages 18-30) form a national team engaged in co-creating and delivering service projects for their home communities and two immersive expeditions addressing Ocean Health and Ocean Literacy in Canada.

Ocean Bridge

Ocean Bridge connects Canadian youth from coast to coast to coast empowering them to make a difference towards ocean conservation. Each year 40 youth (ages 18-30) form a national team engaged in co-creating and delivering service projects for their home communities and two immersive expeditions addressing Ocean Health and Ocean Literacy in Canada.

What is Ocean Bridge?

Ocean Bridge is comprised of 3 key elements to support youth as they adopt a culture of service:

1. Community & Capacity Building

Through regular video conference sessions and an interactive online environment, youth connect as a national team and with the broader community of ocean conservation. The team identifies priorities for their extended service expeditions working with members of the community they will be traveling to ensuring collaborative co-creation of their service projects. As individuals, youth receive weekly mentorship and coaching sessions from Ocean Wise educators and experts, building their capacity as ocean leaders in their home communities.

2. Ocean Health Extended Service

During the spring, Ocean Bridge youth participate in a 10-day immersive wilderness expedition delivering a marine conservation service project of their design. The national team spends the months leading up to this extended service co-creating their project with the local community and each other. By living, working and reflecting as a team in an iconic natural setting, youth will develop social capital, respect for diversity and a heightened sense of responsibility and pride.

May 2018: Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
May 2019: Lake Superior, Ontario

3. Ocean Literacy Extended Service

This immersive element brings the national Ocean Bridge team together in the fall at a leading nature connection institution in one of Canada’s most populous urban centres. During this 5-day urban expedition, Ocean Bridge youth deliver education outreach activities created by them to engage their peers in ocean conservation. Youth will share their skills and stories in their words and in ways that are meaningful to them.

October 2018: Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia
October 2019: Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario

Who can participate?

Each year Ocean Bridge recruits 40 youth 18-30 years old. The cohort participants are selected to represent the social, economic and geographic diversity of Canada. Whether you are from a rural land locked town, coastal urban city, northern community or anywhere else in between we want to hear from you! The program will cover travel expenses including transport, accommodation and meals for both extended service expeditions. Additional support is available to cover childcare during the extended service if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the commitment?
    Ocean Bridge participants are expected to participate in the following elements during the yearlong program:
    • 1 to 2 hours of local community service related to ocean conservation per week (but you do not have to live near an ocean!)
    • 1:1 weekly mentorship video conference (duration is participant dependent and may vary week to week and could be anywhere from 15min to 1 hour)
    • 1 to 2 national team video conferences each month
    • A 10-day immersive ocean health wilderness expedition in May
    • A 5-day immersive ocean literacy urban journey in October
    We understand that life is full of surprises and are open to discussing commitment requirements with participants on an individual basis.
  • How many participants are accepted annually?
    We accept 40 participants from across Canada each year. We strive for our participants to be representative of the social, economic and geographic diversity of Canada.
  • What is the cost to participate?
    Ocean Bridge is a fully funded volunteer program and there is no cost to the participant. For both immersive experiences, the program covers travel, food and accommodation expenses. Participants may qualify for additional support to cover childcare expenses during the immersive experiences.
    For each immersive experience, the national Ocean Bridge team will have an additional budget of $25,000 to carry out their co-created service projects.
  • What kind of experience is Ocean Bridge looking for in a participant?
    Ocean Bridge is about giving youth experience and so we do not require participants to have any specific background with respect to work, volunteer or school. It is more important to us participants are curious and passionate about our oceans and have a desire to make a difference.
  • Still have questions?
    Contact us at oceanbridge@ocean.org

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