Applications now open for Ocean Bridge 2022
Calling all youth aged 18-to-30! Ocean Wise has launched its Canada-wide search for the next wave of 170 youth and young professionals to join the Ocean Bridge leadership and ocean service program. Applications are now open at bridge.ocean.org until March 11, 2022.
This year, you get to decide what program suits you best, whether that’s Ocean Bridge Classic or Direct Action.
Ocean Bridge Classic is a 6-month part-time program (May – October 2022) bringing together Canadian youth and permanent residents from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Participants connect virtually to form a national team engaged in co-creating and delivering ocean and waterway service projects in their home communities. Youth experience ocean literacy distance learning, individualized coaching from Ocean Wise mentors, and funding to deliver local service projects of their own design.
Book-ended by two expenses-paid immersive regional Learning Journeys, ambassadors have the opportunity to learn and explore in one of the following awe-inspiring regions of Canada: Pacific Coast, Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Atlantic Coast.
Ocean Bridge Direct Action is a full-time 3-month immersive placement program, taking place between May – October 2022. Placements may be virtual, field, or lab-based in rural or urban coastal, marine, and watershed environments, and youth must complete 360 hours of service work. Direct Action provides 30 Canadians and permanent residents aged 18-30 the opportunity to be immersed in impactful marine and aquatic conservation projects while mentored and coached by top research professionals. Direct Action funds participant costs associated with travel, living expenses, training, and materials/gear for the duration of their 3-month placement.
“The Ocean Bridge program has grown over the past three years into one of Ocean Wise’s most exciting and impactful conservation and ocean literacy initiatives,” said Lasse Gustavsson, president, and CEO of Ocean Wise.
“The power of this program is that it empowers youth to direct their own conservation initiatives, in their own communities. Young people are often talked about as the next generation of leaders, but this program proves that they are in fact our leaders today. We are honoured to be a part of that journey with them and amplify their voices to the level they deserve to be heard.”
The deadline for applications is March 11, 2022, and the program begins in May. Though the ocean may seem far away for many in our large country, we’re all connected to the ocean, whether that’s though food, water, or clean energy.
No prior experience is required and there are no financial costs for the youth. Further supports to facilitate participation and accessibility in the program can be made available.
Ocean Bridge is made possible by the Government of Canada’s Canada Service Corps. Since Ocean Bridge started in 2018, more than 450 youth have contributed 138,394 hours of ocean-related community service and engagement in communities across Canada.
Learn more and apply at: bridge.ocean.org
“I joined this program because I wanted to be involved in my community and support local organizations that cared about conservation as much as I do.” Skylar, 2021 Direct Action alum- Ontario
“I am still catching myself reflecting on how privileged and lucky I am to have had the chance to participate in this experience. We had so many opportunities to learn from each other in a variety of ways, but also to learn from some fantastic teachers throughout our journey.” Will Crolla, 2021 Ocean Bridge alum- British Columbia
“Ocean Bridge has shared key learnings with me, facilitated connections with amazing folks, given me enthusiasm and motivation through our learning journey, and it has really been a catalyst for action for me.” Shitangshu Roy, 2019 Ocean Bridge alum- Nova Scotia
“I feel a kind of a renewed sense of responsibility, not just to protecting the land and the water, but to each of these new individuals who I’ve met through Ocean Bridge. It’s something that adds meaning to my life.” – Brody Robinmeyer, 2019 Ocean Bridge alum- Ontario
“When I was up in the North, it could be very hard; it can feel like you’re by yourself, you’re isolated in this kind of work. But getting to know all the youth who are involved in Ocean Bridge has been amazing, being able to talk to each other about our service projects, what we want to do when we get back home and how we can all help each other out.” – Mia Otokiak, 2019 Ocean Bridge alum –Nunavut
“I work in healthcare, and I know that our health is directly impacted by healthy environments and oceans. Ocean Bridge has given me the opportunity to educate myself and then bring that knowledge back to my community – and best of all I get to do it alongside so many other inspiring young people from across the country.” – Annabelle Michaud, 2020 Ocean Bridge alum – Quebec
“To be surrounded by so many passionate, caring, kind, considerate youth from across this great, beautiful nation, to have them share their experiences, to share their passion, their fire their drive, to feed off of one another and support one another through this endeavour has been amazing.” – Leah McConney, 2019 Ocean Bridge alum – Nova Scotia
About Canada Service Corps
Ocean Bridge, an Ocean Wise initiative, is part of the Canada Service Corps family of programs funded by the Government of Canada. Canada Service Corps is designed to generate a culture of service among young Canadians; concrete results for communities; personal growth through participation in a diverse team of peers; and lasting impacts on participants. Visit www.canada.ca/CanadaServiceCorps to learn more and how to get involved in the way that works best for you.