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Young Ocean Advocates: Translating ideas into actions

Mediterranean Young Ocean Advocates ahoy! Blue skill development training for Mediterranean Young Ocean Advocates, Youth4Ocean forum members and motivated young changemakers.


September 25th, 10.00 – 17.45 CEST (online)

This event is dedicated to the concrete ocean literacy ideas of the #Youth4Ocean Young Ocean Advocates and developing practical skills to strengthen and realise their projects. Participants will take part in interactive training sessions with blue experts from the EU4Ocean Platform, where they can raise their questions and further develop their projects. Three project dimensions will be targeted: knowledge on the marine-human interactions with focus on blue and resilient development, advocacy & communication, and project management (see agenda and illustration below).

After this training, you will:

  • Be able to refine your content, priorities and perspectives of your Mediterranean initiative
  • Know how to communicate and campaign for your ocean literacy project
  • Understand how to tackle organisational aspects of your project
  • Have inspiration how to connect your project to other initiatives and partners to ensure its success and effectiveness

What is more, Mediterranean YOA can also use what they discussed to directly finalise their project pitches (to be presented Monday September 27th). The winner will then be selected 50% by voting and 50% by a selected EU4Ocean and Mediterranean jury during the closing session.

The winning prize?

The winner of the pitch will be invited to present their project in person once more at the final event of #EU4Ocean taking place in 2022 and receive extra mentoring to realise their project and bring it to the next level!

You want to participate in the event, but you are not a Mediterranean Young Ocean Advocate?

Welcome on board! This event is open to any Young Ocean Advocate, Youth4Ocean forum member or motivated young ocean aficionado. Please bear in mind that an emphasis will be given to the Mediterranean focus of the event and to the projects of the Mediterranean YOA, but there are lessons to be learned for any young changemaker.

Recordings of the sessions will be also made available after the event.

Agenda of the day

25th September

  • 10.00 – 11.00 CEST Official Young Ocean Advocate Kick-off

Short presentation of the planned activities, its contribution to making the Mediterranean blue and warming-up exercise with interactive meet & greet of all participants

  • 11.00 – 12.30 CEST Training session I: Content & Ocean literacy

Interactive training session with blue experts from the EU4Ocean Coalition on ocean literacy, marine knowledge and blue development. This session will be facilitated by World Ocean Network.

You will be able to choose one of three thematic foci in the second half of the session for more targeted expert consultation (i.e. education, healthy ocean & sustainable consumption). Experts include Elisa Baldrighi from Ocean Literacy Italia (EU4Ocean Working Group Chair of Healthy Ocean), Giuseppe Scandone from Mediterranean Youth for Water (MedYWat) and Marianna Terzidaki from Blue Generation Project.

  • 14.00 – 15.45 CEST Training session II: Advocacy & Communication

Interactive training session on how to mobilise people around a common message, campaigning and communicating to different audiences. This session will be organised by Youth and Environment Europe.

You will be able to choose one of two parallel working groups in the second half of the session to delve more deeply into the topic of advocacy or communication.

  • 16.00 – 17.45 CEST Training session III: Project Management

Interactive training session on project management, including tips and tricks on building links with other organisations / initiatives, applying for financial support and more. This session will be organised by ACTeon environment.

Sailing toward: 27th September

  • 12.00 – 13.00 Young Ocean Advocate Mediterranean Pitches

The time has come for each Mediterranean Young Ocean Advocate to perform a short virtual pitch of their project.

  • 14.00 – 14.30 (TBC) Young Ocean Advocate Mediterranean Project presentation

The top three projects will be presented.