YOUTH ADVOCATES PROGRAM
The Cafeteria Culture (CafCu) Youth Advocates Program expands youth leadership opportunities for plastic-free and climate justice action. The CafCu team mentors middle and high school age youth, primarily alumni of Cafeteria Culture’s school programs. Building upon their previous experiences as change-makers and advocates, the Youth Advocates continue to lead outreach and engagement campaigns, as well as promote a deeper understanding of the root causes of plastic marine pollution and its intrinsic connection to climate change and environmental justice issues.
NYC YOUTH CLIMATE STRIKE 9/20
Youth Advocates host panel at the Microplastic Madness - movie premier, September, 2019
Youth Advocates at Ocean Heroes MeetUp, June, 2019
New York City
Seven Cafeteria Culture Youth Advocates joined 90 other nominated youth as part of the Ocean Heroes MeetUp New York City youth program, emerging leaders ages 11-18 from across NYC. The program was in collaboration with The Explorers Club, United Nations Environment Program, and the international NGO Peace Boat. Youth learned about plastic pollution and how to create their own impact campaigns to beat plastic pollution in their schools and communities.
Youth Advocates at Ocean Heroes BootCamp, June, 2019
From Ronen Battis - Ocean Heroes Bootcamp at Vancouver, Canada
My weekend at Ocean Heroes Bootcamp was overall an amazing experience. It was so great because it included young people from all across the globe who came together to share ideas about one common goal - beating plastic pollution. I live in Red Hook Brooklyn, NY and for the past couple of years at my old elementary school, I worked with Cafeteria Culture on many problems and they taught us so much about the threats of plastic pollution. A few months ago they told me about the Ocean Heroes Bootcamp in Vancouver Canada, and encouraged me to apply to attend.. They told me what it would be like and I was immediately amazed and wanted to be a part of it. I applied with a few of my friends from P.S.15, and we traveled together to Vancouver. Vancouver Canada is a beautiful city and is a place that has done a lot to protect the environment. When we arrived, I took a breath of air, it felt so fresh and clean.
Over the weekend at Ocean Heroes Bootcamp, we did so much and we were always busy....
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