Marine Champions – Expression of Interest
The Marine Mammal Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of our new youth Outreach Program, Marine Champions! Designed for young people to share their passion for marine mammals, conservation and the environment, Marine Champions is an extension program that will provide hands-on action opportunities and learning experiences for young people to gain a stronger understanding of marine science and sustainability.
Under the guidance of Marine Champions Leaders, participants will be given the opportunity to work with the MMF core team, meet other like-minded young people, and participate in a variety of unique activities and guided MMF expeditions. Marine Champions will be provided with the tools and support to create, develop and share their own projects with each other and their community, interacting directly with our marine mammal research and gaining leadership skills to make a difference within the environment.
The program will run in two streams of Junior Champions (10-13yo) and Youth Champions (14-18yo). This program is a fun and exciting way to learn more about marine science and explore our beautiful and unique local environments, an opportunity not to be missed!
As the Foundation is based in Mentone (Victoria, Australia), we will be seeking initial expressions of interest around the Port Phillip Bay and Gippsland Lakes.
What is included?
- Marine Champions tee.
- Marine Mammal Foundation Cap.
- Options for half day school holiday activities.
- Marine Champions special invitations to join the Marine Mammal Foundation team in outreach and land-based research activities, such as community event, clean-up actions, and positive campaigns for greater environmental awareness.
- Youth Champions will also be invited to special careers information sessions with industry experts.
- Marine Champions guided expeditions to learn more about the amazing marine environment.
Who are we?
The Marine Mammal Foundation is a small not-for-profit research, education, and conservation organisation, based in Mentone, Victoria (Australia). We conduct internationally recognised applied scientific research on marine mammals and environments across Victoria, and apply our research learnings to educate and inspire the community. MMF began in 2013, after MMF’s Founding Director and Head of Research Dr Kate Charlton-Robb discovered, named, and formally described a new species of dolphin in south-east Australian waters; the Burrunan dolphin. MMF is a registered ACNC charity, and DGR entity. Our work is reliant on funding from grants, philanthropy, sponsorship and generous donations from the community.
The Marine Champions program will be led by dedicated Leaders and MMF Education and Outreach staff, enthusiastic young scientists and experienced science communicators and youth program coordinators. We are committed to providing an engaging program that will provide leadership, communication and STEM skills for participants that will be relevant in their school education and well into their future careers. The Marine Champions group will be a safe and rewarding space for young people to share their ideas, learn from each other and participate in a range of exciting activities.
Want to sign up?
The program will be launching in the first week of the 2018 winter school holidays, with programs running during school holidays including the 2018-2019 summer holidays, and intermittent term-based activities.
Marine Champions is a membership-based program with an annual membership fee of $100.
To register your interest, please complete the online form
Successful applicants will be contacted after this date.