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What is Ocean Bridge Direct Action?

Ocean Bridge Direct Action is a 3-month immersive program for in-depth learning and youth engagement with oceanic and aquatic conservation efforts across Canada. This national service-learning program will connect Canadian youth and young professionals with experts in marine and aquatic conservation organizations, empowering them with experiences in direct marine and aquatic conservation initiatives, adventurous opportunities for fieldwork, professional research projects, and educational and outreach programs.

This year, the Direct Action program will place 35 young people (ages 18-30) with government, not-for-profit, and conservation organizations to participate in field-based aquatic research projects. Each host organization will welcome 1 or more participants and provide them the opportunity to work closely with established scientists and researchers on aquatic and marine ecology and conservation projects. These 3-month full-time funded placements will immerse youth in virtual, or rural and remote marine, coastal, and watershed environments and communities across Canada from May 2021 to March 2022.

Youth receive coaching sessions and training by Direct Action staff to build their capacity as water leaders and to support them throughout their service-learning placements. Direct Action will fund costs associated with travel, living expenses, training, and materials for the duration of the 3 months for each youth participant. Direct Action will also be responsible for recruiting, matching, and placing eligible youth candidates with a partner organization and arrange for the travel and accommodation directly to the chosen site.


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