Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

2015-2016 YEB MEMBERS

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Alexis "Lexi" | Florida 

I always knew that I wanted to study marine biology and one day eventually accomplish my Ph.D. I've been curious about the ocean my entire life. When I was 3 years old, my great uncle took me to walking along the shore and before he could stop me, I quickly ran into the ocean. My uncle and aunt struggled to get me out of the water but I knew once I was dry...I was going to jump back in.  No matter how strong the current, it didn't stop me or my curiosity. As an Army Brat, I've moved a lot but thankfully, my mom made sure we lived close by the water wherever life took us. 

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Keara - Florida

My earliest memory consists of me running to tell my parents what Steve Irwin did on TV that day. From then on, I've known that I wanted to work for animals, to save what remains on the planet. This passion grew after my travels to Bohol / Palawan, Philippines in 2007. When I returned for a second time in 2013, I witnessed the degradation of those beautiful reefs in just 6 years. This experience inspired me to pursue a future career focused on conservation biology.  I'm a strong activist for the protection of sharks. Misunderstood species are my favorite. Not to mention, I practically live  in  a zoo,  with  rescues  ranging from dogs  to  lizards...and even tarantulas. I've also worked at a nature center for the last two years, and now through BB&Y, I'm dedicated to being the voice for the voiceless.”

Jarvon - St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

I was born and raised on the island of St.Thomas in the beautiful US Virgin Islands. I am the oldest of three children. I'm a junior at the University of the Virgin Islands majoring in marine biology. Growing up in the V.I., nature became my first love, the ocean became my obsession, and conservation became my life's goal.  My love for nature has influenced everything I do in life, from my hobbies to my career choice. I  believe  in order to truly save  this  world,  one  must first understand it.   I  am  the  president  of UVI's Sea Turtle Club  which  is  focused on sea turtle conservation. I also serve as a kayak, hike and snorkel tour guide for Virgin Islands Eco­Tours.  I have been blessed to have had many adventures in my short time on this Earth.

Madison “Madi” - New York 

Marine biology has always been a passion of mine. When  I was  young I would  spend hours watching Blue Planet and other nature documentaries. As I got older, I realized how important conserving our ocean was, and now I have decided that I want to dedicate my life to saving our oceans. I am so excited and grateful to be a part of The Big Blue and You because now I feel I can really make a difference.

Angie - Florida

As a Gulf Coast native, I've grown up around the sea. I could never be happier than when I am in, around or on the water, it’s where I’m meant to be! Being a mermaid at heart, I would never stay on sand too long before diving into the blue water to swim with the fish. I always wanted to swim as far out  and as deep  into  the water as possible,  on the search for anything I  haven’t  seen  underwater  before.  I've always been the adventurous type, specifically when I was younger. I got a lot of my courage & adventurous ideas from watching Steve Irwin who inspired my passion the most. My  curiosity  for  the  sea will continueto  grow  indefinitely.  I  plan  to  study  in  Marine Biology & Environmental Sciences. I am a lover of the land, a lover of the sea and I wish to devote my life to keeping the earth thriving, healthy, and clean!

Myriam - New Jersey

I really truly love and am fascinated by the life on our planet, and the idea of it being destroyed is both heartbreaking and terrifying. Visiting Northern California this past summer was a jolting reminder of this; throughout the trip, I went between admiring crashing turquoise waves and spending literally hours gazing up at the humbling redwood trees, to witnessing thoughtless tourists' litter blowing in the wind. The outrage and amazement I felt in those moments was a glaring reminder of the importance of educating everyone about the Earth, and moreover imbuing each person with love and intrigue for the natural world. I am also passionate about art - writing, acting, singing, film-making, etc - and I can't wait to use it to help save the Earth during my time with BB&Y. 

Nicole - Colorado 

Marine biology has always been my passion. Since I was five, I have always known that my dream was to become a marine biologist, with only one set back, I was born and raised in Denver, CO. Living in a land locked state hasn't stopped me from pursuing my dreams. I have decided to dedicate my life to saving and conserving our oceans. I am so excited to be a part of the Big Blue &You's Youth Executive Board, and can't wait to work with them to start making a difference. 

2011-2012 YEB MEMBERS


From left to right: Vilma (YEB chair), R., Danni Washington (co-founder), Zion, Makanee. Not pictured here: Brianna and Robert. This YEB group served from 2011-2012. 


Perks of becoming a Big Blue & You YEB member:

  • Learn cooperative leadership skills
  • Create new opportunities to inspire others to love the ocean
  • Digitally connect with other YEB members
  • Build your resume and/or college application (considered extracurricular activity) 
  • Build friendships that could last a lifetime!
  • Collaborate with other like-minded young people
  • Letter of Recommendation from BB&Y staff member at completion of service 
  • #TeamBigBlue Bonus Package! (includes custom BB&Y t-shirt, beach hat, personalized certificate, #TeamBigBlue membership card, stickers and reusable glass water bottle) 

Requirements to participate:

  • Borderline obsessed with the ocean! (in a good way of course) 
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school or college courses while serving on the board
  • Commit to 1 full calendar year of active service 
  • Attend bi-weekly conference calls with BB&Y Staff and other YEB members 
  • Participate in at least one ArtSea festival (locations vary between LA, Miami, Chicago and US Virgin Islands) 
  • If under 18 years old, must have parent/guardian permission to participate
  • Plan and execute at least 1 Big Blue & You service project (i.e. beach clean-up, waterway clean-up, rally, mural painting, in-school presentation) in your current location.