DIRECT ACTION 2020
Ocean Bridge - Direct Action
Ocean Bridge Direct Action is an innovative youth-led response to the challenge of ocean conservation in Canada. This national service-learning program connects Canadian youth and young professionals (ages 18-30) from coast to coast to coast, empowering them with direct ocean conservation skillsets and professional experiences.
Ocean Bridge Direct Action 2020 program will place a cohort of 20 young people
in immersive field-based educational projects working with government organizations and research partners throughout Canada. Each youth team will consist of 2 participants working closely and mentored by established scientists and researchers. They will work on field based marine ecology and conservation projects with internal and external organization partners, while immersed in rural and remote marine environments and communities across Canada.
Youth will also receive coaching sessions and training by Ocean Bridge staff to build their capacity as ocean leaders and support them throughout their immersive field placements. Ocean Bridge Direct Action will cover all costs associated with travel, food, living expenses, training, and material costs for the duration of the 3 months for each youth participant. Ocean Bridge 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.
What Are Direct Action Placements?
The Ocean Bridge Direct Action Program will provide youth with 3 month full-time field placements that advance their ocean conservation skillset and professional experience during the summer and fall months of 2020. Youth will also receive coaching sessions and training to build their capacity as ocean leaders and support them throughout their immersive field placements. Some examples of Direct Action placements include:
Working with ecological research projects with Parks Canada scientists within National Marine Conservation Areas such as Lake Superior and Gwaii Haanas field sites
- Assisting Ocean Wise researchers conducting beluga and marine mammal studies in St. Lawrence River
- Conducting field work and marine biodiversity analysis with the Howe Sound Research and Conservation team
- Supporting and learning from Indigenous led marine stewardship organizations
- Working with Inuit communities and Arctic marine stewardship projects in Nunavut
Program Requirements For Youth Participants
- Complete a minimum of 360 hours (30 hrs / week) of volunteer work during a continuous 3-month immersive field placement, in a location different from their home, within the 2020 summer/fall months
- Engage in bi-monthly mentorship & coaching calls with an Ocean Bridge staff
- Participate in post program sessions to assess impact of pilot program and provide feedback
- Complete necessary training and certifications required to work within field placements (training hours count towards total volunteer hours)
- Post to the group discussion forum and gallery each month updating on placement experience
What Participants Can Expect From The Program
1) Youth Leadership Development: Feel empowered by gaining relevant conservation and public engagement experiences and skillset to make changes in their own lives, communities, and environments.
2) Youth Professional Development: This opportunity will provide a gateway for participants to channel their interests for ocean environments into professional pathways in marine conservation and stewardship.
3) Capacity Building and Community Engagement: Participants will provide in-depth volunteer support and capacity through immersing themselves and living within diverse marine-based communities across Canada. The length of the program fosters relationship development and connection to place, creating meaningful impact and engagement for both youth and community members.
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