Surfrider Pacific Rim knows that young people are the future guardians of the environment, and opportunities need to be provided early for students so they can begin their stewardship journey! To achieve this, we have introduced a school program that creates awareness around protecting the ocean, beaches and waves! The goal of the Youth Environmental Stewardship Program is to promote safe and healthy access to coastal habitats for generations to come. With this, we are motivated to make Surfrider Programs accessible to all youth in our region, allowing youth to take part in clean ups, how to become campaigners, and make a positive difference in their community. We will be encouraging students to take an interest in different forms of campaigning and creating solutions for local problems, and eventually teaching criteria that could lead to future employment in environment sustainability.
Youth are the future, and they are key to creating environmental change in the present.
The YES program currently has two sub programs and one official club:
Thanks to our excellent partners and sponsors who continue to ensure this program is a success, and can be accessed by all students in the Pacific Rim, including the Ucluelet Elementary School, the Ucluelet Secondary School, Vans Canada, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the District of Ucluelet, the Province of British Columbia and Nanaimo Science.