Youth Action Council

The Youth Action Council is a leadership program for high school students who wish to share their passion for marine science while also making a positive impact in their community on behalf of the ocean. The program brings groups of teens together from San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles counties to discuss a variety of ocean conservation issues. Youth learn to transform their passion into action to create meaningful and effective change for a healthier planet.

During the 2022 session, students, in grades 9-12, are given the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge science being used to assist in the recovery of the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales. A series of interactive workshops demonstrating different field techniques will precede a variety of youth-driven initiatives to raise awareness of the cascade of human impacts affecting these whales and how people in Southern California can help.

Sessions: February – August 2022, Meetings will be held the 1st Tuesday of each month, 4-6 PM

Location: Meetings will be held virtually on Zoom and some regionally held in-person, dependent upon COVID. Applicants should sign up and indicate the facility in their region.

  • San Diego County: National Marine Mammal Foundation (
  • Orange County: Pacific Marine Mammal Center (
  • Los Angeles County: Marine Mammal Care Center (

Time Commitment: The council meets once per month for two hours. Additional hours outside of meetings are required to fulfill the community project. Each regional site will provide a monthly schedule.

Qualifications: All levels of experience are welcome. Applicants need only have a passion for marine science and ocean conservation to participate. Selections will be based on responses to questions included.

Acceptance is predicated on the applicant’s ability to commit to all sessions of the program and willingness to participate in and fulfill the conservation awareness initiative. Students will need access to a reliable internet connection for online meetings as well as transportation to meetings held at their regional site with considerations made for adapting to the COVID situation at the time of the meeting. We will work to find solutions for those who do not have access to reliable internet.

Cost: No cost to participants thanks to a generous grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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