FOSTERING SKILL BUILDING, CONFIDENCE & GLOBAL CONNECTION
Heirs to Our Ocean (H2OO) summits bring a diverse group of youth together from widely different backgrounds to engage in purpose through a thematic program with a specific problem-solving intention aimed at inspiring youth into action, together.
Some summits are focused “skill-building retreats”, where youth engage in an intensive convening involving furthering development of particular skills, such as public speaking and presenting, storytelling and filmmaking, or policy advocacy and civic engagement.
Shared-learning and collaborative projects are always a part of the experience, as youth learn so much in listening to and working with other youth.
Each summit inspires the next, as youth’s suggestions and needs are imperative in summit development.STAY INFORMED
OUR YOUTH SUMMITS
Shared learning and collaborative projects are always a part of the experience, as youth learn so much in listening to and working with other youth.
THROUGH OUR SUMMITS YOUTH:
Connect to one another in their natural environment (in-person or virtually)
Gain the skills and confidence necessary to cultivate real-world change, while collaborating with a diverse group of their peers
Act and advocate for a more just and empathetic future
Youth at SEAL 2022 learn about medicinal plants on Pacific Crest Trail in California.
SUMMIT FOR EMPOWERMENT ACTION & LEADERSHIP (SEAL)
H2OO Summit for Empowerment, Action & Leadership (SEAL) is our flagship youth convening which started in 2017. An annual 2-week in-person intensive, SEAL connects youth from around the world in-purpose where they learn from each other about challenges encountered around the world, process solutions together, and collaborate in action.LEARN MORE
H2OO SEAL “SPECIAL OPS” 2020
When Covid stopped us from meeting in person in 2020, we quickly pivoted with the support of Packard Foundation and held a 6-week online intensive for youth around the world to amply their voices through learning storytelling and filmmaking skills. 10 films were made by diverse teams of youth from 9 countries.
H2OO SEAL “Special Ops” 2020 was a deeply connecting and vastly enriching experience for youth during that difficult period of isolation.
H2OO employed Directors of Photography everywhere the youth were located, around the world, to capture the participants in their environments and allow them to share their story more deeply.
We hope you enjoy watching this video of youth singing and dancing and remembering that they are in this together. Thanks to Michael Franti for his song that inspired us all.Watch VIDEO
BUILDING SKILLS TO TACKLE CHALLENGES
H2OO skill-building intensives provide youth with a deep-dive development opportunity related to a particular skill allowing future leaders to effectively build their toolkits and further inspiring them in their journey of creating a better world.LEARN MORE
SEE WHAT YOUTH ARE SAYING
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