Welcome to the YouthToSea Community!

At YouthToSea, we endeavor to unite youth with one common goal: to protect and conserve our oceans. Our mission is to coach youth (15-18) and provide them with opportunities to develop their problem-solving, critical-thinking, and communication skills. At the end of our program, youth are equipped with skills, tools, and strategies to be active decision-makers in their local, regional, and national communities. 

Youth engage with their local community through volunteer placements at AquaCamps and Ocean Service Projects.

Want to keep in touch or learn more? Follow @YouthToSea on Instagram for updates about youth-led events and initiatives. Email program leaders Jake Beland or Michelle Bienkowski at [email protected] for more information about 2021 recruitment.

    Latest Announcement

    2020 TOY DRIVE

    Posted by michellebien on December 3rd, 2020

    YouthToSea is proud to be hosting a Used Toy Drive this holiday season! We will be collecting used toys from November 16th – December 12th and donating them to local charities to support children in need. The goal of this toy drive is to divert plastic waste from local landfills and support our community during a tough 2020!

    90% of the toy market is plastic toys, but most are not recyclable and end up in our landfills or polluting the environment. Instead of throwing away your toys, donate them to our drive. YouthToSea will organize, clean, and assess the toys to decide where they will be donated.  If you would like to donate a new toy we will accept those too, but we ask you look for toys made of sustainable materials – the Aquarium Gift Shop has some good options! Used toys will be donated to The Salvation Army and new toys will go to The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

    With the holidays coming shortly, we are asking our community to look through your toys, find any that are no longer being used OR toys you no longer want but don’t know how to recycle and donate them to our drive. *If you have broken/old toys that cannot be repurposed, bring them and YouthToSea will ensure they are recycled properly.

    You can drop off toys at the following locations OR connect with a YouthToSea member to organize drop-off elsewhere. Please note drop offs will be no-contact due to COVID-19 restrictions.

    Vancouver Aquarium (AquaQuest Reception) - Monday-Friday, 9am - 12pm or Saturday December 5th 10:00am - 2:00pm

    HJ Cambie SS - Private, Contact Jeannie for details

    Carson Graham SS  - Private, Contact Jackie for details

    Moscrop SS -  Private, Contact Hannah Q or Sally for details

    If you have any questions please reach out to us at [email protected] or connect with us on Instagram (@youthtosea)for more details.