Challenge Partners

Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Student’s efforts will help fund education and training for youth and adults interested in coral and marine conservation. Through centralized “Innovation Hubs,” communities will have opportunities to learn about threats to the reefs and ways to combat them, as well as explore youth-centered advocacy opportunities. These Hubs will also develop, disseminate, and implement novel technologies for reef restoration, including techniques to regenerate diverse corals at exciting scales.


Ocean Collectiv creates and amplifies solutions for a healthy ocean. In collaboration with experts, Ocean Collectiv advances ocean sustainability conservation solutions grounded in social justice. They provide fresh ideas on policy, science, and commerce.

Student's efforts will help fund a small grants program for local community-based solutions to the threats facing our ocean. Ocean Collectiv will allocate funding to small coastal communities and organizations on the front-lines of ocean conservation issues. They will also provide expertise and capacity-building services to support the success of these programs.

Program Partners

Founded in 1998, Global Nomads Group (GNG) is an international NGO whose mission is to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth.

Our long-term partner, GNG, will help enrich the learning by connecting students throughout the Challenge. GNG will leverage innovative technology and storytelling to create videos, lesson plans, and webcasts during the school year.

Coastal Community Project Partners


Azul's mission is to bring diverse perspectives and participation in ocean conservation through on celebrating the rich Latino conservation traditions and connecting them to current solutions.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will help fund support for Azul’s ocean education and cross-border art projects focused on conservation of endangered coastal species in Tijuana and San Diego.

Beyond the Surface

Beyond the Surface’s mission is to strengthen marginalized artisanal fishing communities starting with the young people.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will help fund a project to bring ocean literacy and visual arts to five local schools located in marginalized artisanal fishing villages along Peru’s marine ecosystems.


Billion Oyster Project

Billion Oyster Project’s mission is to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will help fund support to a city-wide research symposium for New York City students to present their research about New York Harbor including oyster restoration, marine science, and ecology.

Fish N' Fins

Fish ‘N Fins' mission is to inspire awareness and respect for our oceans and create knowledgeable, passionate ocean stewards that will be future leaders in ocean conservation.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will help fund several youth camps and purchase supplies to educate local youth in Montserrat about the benefits of and challenges facing coral reefs.

Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice exists to improve the lives of children and families harmed by pollution and vulnerable to climate change in the Gulf Coast Region.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will help support their efforts to engage youth to collaborate with Gulf Coast communities to learn about issues that they are facing and help develop solutions.


EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will help launch their "Future in the Bag" campaign conceived by youth, for youth that provides tools to promote the adoption of reusable bags.


I AM WATER’s mission is to ignite a movement of blue minds across the planet, to facilitate connections to the aquatic environment, to build an understanding of the interdependence of healthy humans and healthy oceans and to influence behaviors to protect our global seas.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will support their Ocean Guardians Program which empowers low-income coastal communities in South Africa to reconnect with their oceans through education and experiences.


Oceanswell works with innovative thinkers to provide opportunities that can encourage entrepreneurs to engage in solving global ocean problems creatively.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will support capacity building in marine conservation through field courses for underrepresented students in Sri Lanka.

Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha

Shidhulai aims to transform the region's waterways into pathways for education, information, and technology- also to deal with climate change-induced flooding, to protect the environment and people’s rights, and to lift people out of poverty.

Students efforts through the Ocean Challenge will fund, build and operate a two-tier floating classroom that will enable children to develop new skills, monitor water quality, and raise awareness of river conservation.