Your Gift Today Can Help Save Our Ocean and its Marine Wildlife!
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Ocean Blue goals are set with the urgency of climate change and the marine debris and plastic Ocean crises in mind. The challenges we face globally is one we intend to tackle over the next five years. The call to action is urgent and the only challenge in our way of educating 500,000 Oregonian youth, removing 1 million pounds of debris, and planting 1 million Trees for Streams is obtaining the funding necessary to continue making direct impact in communities across the U.S., starting at home in Oregon where Ocean Blue Project was founded.
Not only do we need to take action by protecting urban streams, rivers, and our one world Ocean now, it is imperative that we educate our youth. The next generation of future stewards will ensure the long-term effectiveness of all Ocean Blue Projects.
Ocean Blue engaged over 200 youth volunteers in Oregon this past year with a goal to double this number to 400 Oregonian youth engaged at 60 Oregon cleanup events over the next 12 months in 2020. Youth volunteers include students from Willamette University Office of Community Service Learning, Western Oregon University Upward Bound Program, Portland Community College, Oregon State University Honors, Albany High School Rise Leadership through Upward Bound, and students from public online K-12 school called Oregon Connections Academy who we have worked with directly for three years. Upward Bound, also known as TRIO, is a federally funded educational program that serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post secondary education.
Ocean Blue engages youth through stewardship activities that address both the marine debris crisis and protecting water quality at its source - our urban streams and rivers. Oregon urban stream restoration projects enhance wildlife habitat by stabilizing stream temperature, preventing erosion, and lowering sedimentation that pollutes the Willamette River and its tributaries. Periwinkle Creek is a tributary of the Willamette River, a major river of Oregon that provides drinking water for millions of people who live downstream. Enhancing Periwinkle Creek is vital for protecting a greater ecosystem that flows to the Columbia River and into our one world Ocean. Planting native trees and shrubs is also vital for mitigating climate change by sequestering atmospheric carbon in soil.
Ocean Blue engaged high risk youth by purchasing native plants and shrubs for the Periwinkle Creek Project from the New Beginnings Garden, housed at the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. Under Linn County Juvenile Department supervision and in partnership with the Oregon Youth Authority, the New Beginnings Garden and the Linn County Work Service Program provide at risk youth with opportunities to learn basic employment skills and more advanced training and skill building opportunities in horticulture and restoration work. In the next 12 months, our goal is to place 100,000 native trees and shrubs in tributaries of the Willamette River in Albany, Salem, and Portland areas and engage 5,000 students in essential stream and river protection projects.
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