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JEDI Ocean Award call for teen applicants

JEDI Ocean Award call for teen applicants

Glen Ellen-based Marine Conservation Institute is pleased to offer the first annual JEDI Ocean Award for Sonoma County teens. The award celebrates local Black, Latinx, POC and Indigenous Sonoma County high school students interested in pursuing studies in marine science and conservation biology. The JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) award will celebrate two promising students with a $300 prize, a one-on-one mentorship session with a marine conservationist, free enrollment in the Eco-Conscious Diver’s Complete Introduction to Marine Conservation course, and publication of their winning essay on Marine Conservation Institute’s internationally-read blog.

The team at Marine Conservation Institute believes that diversity is the key to resilience and growth—both in the ocean and in our communities. Early recognition of leadership in conservation is key to inspiring diverse young people to continue their studies in environmental fields.

The JEDI Award is generously funded by the Jack London Yacht Club. London and his wife Charmian traveled the world’s oceans aboard the Snark, exploring and learning from remote and extraordinary communities. When they returned to Glen Ellen, the gift they gave the town was an expanded worldview and greater admiration for the cultural and racial diversity that makes this blue planet so beautiful. Marine Conservation Institute hopes that by uplifting the voices of minorities in our local youth community, we can bring that vision full circle: sending diverse young leaders from our county into the broader world to explore and advocate for the ocean that the Londons loved so much. Interested students can learn more about the application process—including a creative essay about their connectionn with the ocean, contact information for a high school reference, and a resume—at

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