Application Process & Rules
The Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors is a new programme being piloted by the All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Marine Institute.
The Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors will be dedicated to promote sustainable development and stewardship of the Atlantic Ocean and develop campaigns and reach-outs to local communities, students, young people, and civil society. It will engage with decision makers as well as work with local media to conserve and protect the Atlantic Ocean for future generations.
In the development of online or local campaigns and events, Ambassadors will be supported by All-Atlantic research and innovation projects.
The All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors will take part in a Summer School in the Marine Institute, Galway, from 23 – 27 August 2019 where 20 Youth Ambassadors from 10 countries, including Ireland, will engage with political, social, economic and scientific leaders to develop the necessary skills to become actors for change in 2019 and beyond.
The first goal of the Ambassadors will be to campaign and drive change in their own communities.
Successful campaigns will be presented in early 2020 in Brussels at the All-Atlantic Forum.
The All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador Programme is being developed under the framework of the Galway and Belém Statements to promote All-Atlantic research and innovation cooperation. The Summer School is supported by AORAC-SA and AANChOR. Participating project partners are responsible for the continuous coaching of the Youth Ambassadors, and for ensuring their full embeddedness with the activities of the All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
Call for Applications
Youth Ambassadors should be:
- Committed to making positive change in their communities
- Interested in policy making and writing, capable of digesting lots of information and quickly turning around policy papers/speeches
- Good communicators, and willing to use blogs/videos/social media posts/performances and writing articles to inform others
- Fluent English speakers
- Comfortable with public speaking
- Able to travel to Galway, Ireland for the Summer School 23 – 27 August 2019
- Able to travel to Brussels February 2020 (TBC)
- Curious about the world, and the ocean. Interested in community building, science diplomacy, public engagement, education and training, and youth issues
- Passionate about solving today’s most pressing problems and working to engage people in this important agenda
- Committed to giving time to this Programme
- Willing to work with other Youth Ambassadors online from August 2019 – February 2020
- Between the ages of 18 – 30 years
Your commitment if selected as a Youth Ambassador
The Summer School
The Summer School will take place in Galway, Ireland, over a 4-day period to create awareness with an engaged group of around 20 youth leaders who can act as Ambassadors in their own countries along and across the Atlantic Ocean. The growing momentum generated by the global activities of FridaysForFuture have demonstrated once again the need to engage young people who are not only the leaders of the future but leaders today in responding to global challenges. The ultimate objective is to build an Atlantic Community of a fully engaged young generation to create a ground swell of activism to support an Ocean aware society.
Over the course of the Summer School, Ambassadors will design and develop campaigns, together with communication and outreach experts to raise awareness of the issues affecting communities living by and from the Atlantic Ocean.
The Summer School will support Youth Ambassadors:
- To become actors for change for the Atlantic Ocean
- To design and develop communication campaigns around ocean issues
- To reach out and engage local communities and experience the challenges of those living by the Ocean
- To maximise impact of activities through the development of content (e.g. articles, videos, blogs, performances)
- To lead by example on sustainability through the mobilisation of local capacity for small community projects
- To be the generation that makes the difference
- About the power of Science Diplomacy, specifically the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance
Beyond the Summer School
The Summer School is only the beginning of the activities of the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors. Following the Summer School, the Ambassadors will:
- Each be coached by an assigned project partner from AORAC-SA or AANChOR
- Develop campaigns and actions addressing the sustainability challenges faced by the Atlantic Ocean and by the communities in their places of origin whose well-beings depends on the Atlantic, and showcase possible activities to address them
- Work with fellow Youth Ambassadors in online and face to face meetings to finalise campaigns and actions
- Pitch their achievements and campaigns at the All Atlantic Forum in Brussels in early 2020
- Become fully embedded in the activities of the All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance
- Engage with young people (schools, youth organisations, etc) to contribute to build the generation that makes a difference
- Have the opportunity to present their work at other major events