Diversity is one of nature’s greatest strengths, and it should be ours as well. REEF is committed to using our programs, platform, and voice to support foundational change in marine conservation. Through the REEF Oceans for All initiative, we aim to foster opportunities for individuals from underrepresented communities to build connections with the ocean. Oceans for All supports scholarships, programming, and outreach activities to provide immersive, hands-on learning and exploration.
By partnering with REEF and adding your voice to this crucial work, you can help communities and individuals cultivate connections with the marine environment, regardless of zip code. Individuals, businesses, and foundations committed to investing in a more equitable future for marine conservation may donate to the Oceans for All Fund, a pooled scholarship fund dedicated to supporting the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in marine conservation.
In 2021, thanks to the support of members like you, the Oceans for All Fund supported:
• 24 educational sessions provided at no cost to participants, including 12 in-person Discovery Programs, 7 virtual Discovery Programs, and 5 live sessions for the Virtual Field Trips.
• Programming for 8 organizations or schools, including the Therapeutic Scuba Institute’s Camp Open SEAS, Florida Aquarium Summer Camp, Bronx Charter School for Better Learning, Community School of Naples, Simonsdale Elementary, Coral Shores High School, Ocean Studies Charter School, and Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
• Engagement and learning opportunities for more than 300 students, ranging from elementary to high school.
Additionally, starting in summer 2022, REEF Marine Conservation Interns will receive financial support through monthly stipends and housing provided at no cost while participating in the program. Click here read more or make a donation to the Oceans for All Fund.
As part of Oceans for All, over the next three months, REEF will be celebrating the voices and experiences of diverse people who are making an impact in marine conservation. Keep an eye on our social media to see highlights, and mark your calendars for "Oceans for All: Diverse Experiences in Marine Conservation." This special webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 8pm ET and will feature a panel of marine conservation professionals from underrepresented groups, who will come together to discuss and share their unique professional journeys through the field. Click here to register for the free webinar.