Young people are not only leaders of tomorrow - they can also be leaders of today.
The Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp is an intensive environmental education and leadership program for youth 18-23 years old that aims to raise awareness on coastal and marine issues; promote pro-environmental behavior; and build a network of marine conservationists in Southeast Asia. It is a project of SPS and the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, supported by the U.S. State Department and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative that began in 2015.
For seven to eight days, the SEA Campers participate in workshops, panel discussions, and outdoor activities. They must also work on a community engagement initiative prior to and during the SEA Camp. At the end of the program, all Campers are expected to pitch an environmental project or campaign that can be funded for implementation and supported with mentorship.
To date, over 50 SEA Camper-led projects have been implemented all over the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.