Educate the next generation

Get Involved!

We encourage and support youth becoming active stewards of their communities to help keep Prince William Sound safe from oil spills. One of our goals is to draw young people into the organization to foster their volunteer skills and support the council’s mission. The Exxon Valdez oil spill happened in 1989, but its effects linger. Even though they might not have been around when the spill occurred, youth and young adults can learn about that disaster and play a vital role in helping prevent another spill.

Funding Opportunity!

Youth Involvement Project participant

Teachers, students, and educational groups: are you looking for a partner in a new or ongoing educational program? 

Specific projects proposed by any student or educational group within the Exxon Valdez oil spill affected region may be able to receive funding from the Council. Projects or activities must relate to the Council’s mission and responsibilities. Limited funding is available, therefore only those proposals which are deemed most relevant to the mission of the the Council will be considered.

Deadlines for Proposals

There are two deadlines each year to submit proposals for funding.  Please contact the council’s Outreach Coordinator Betsi Oliver at 907.273.6235 for the next deadline.

You may also subscribe to our email list for new Requests for Proposals to receive notifications when new requests for proposals such as the Youth Involvement project are issued by the council.

Projects and activities previously funded by the Council:

2015 – Ocean Sciences Club

The Alaska SeaLife Center received funding from the Council for their Ocean Sciences Club, a weekly get together for Seward students interested in ocean sciences. As part of the program, the students learned how the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill affected the Gulf of Alaska. To experience first-hand the potential challenges of cleaning up an oil spill, the club conducted a small-scale spill of its own. Check out the video for more:

2014/2015 – Kodiak youth projects

The Council partnered with Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on two oil spill related projects. The refuge’s annual Salmon Camp included oil spill lessons as part of their activities, and the refuge’s Youth Conservation Corps sent teen leaders to Anchorage for the Alaska Forum on the Environment’s youth track. The teen leaders produced videos about their summer work in salmon camp, and teen Kyla Villaroya’s film, “Spilling the Truth” which explores effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the community of Kodiak, was chosen for a keynote at the forum. Watch the video here:

2014 – Remotely operated vehicles activity

The Prince William Sound Science Center partnered with the Council through the Youth Involvement project to bring Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to life for high school students competing in the March, 2014 Alaska Tsunami Bowl held in Seward.

2013 – Chugach Children’s Forest Expedition

On June 14, 2013, 9 students, one teacher, and two trip leaders embarked on a ten day kayaking expedition in the Prince William Sound.  Hear more about the trip from Reth, an Anchorage student who went on the trip:

2012 – Children of the Spills

Children of the Spills is an oral history project documenting the experiences of young people in Alaska who grew up in communities affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill and children in Gulf of Mexico coast states impacted by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This project strives to broaden the public understanding of the long-term effects of oil spills and assist communities to support their children growing up in the wake of an oil spill. You can learn more about the project at:

2012 – Chugach Children’s Forest Expedition

“For one unforgettable week in July, nine middle school students from Valdez, Cordova, Whittier and Anchorage explored Prince William Sound, living aboard the vessel Babkin, learning from each other about Alaska’s diverse communities, and investigating environmental change with local scientists.”

This expedition was a partnership between the Council, Alaska Geographic, and the Chugach National Forest.

2011 – Copper River Stewardship Program

Copper River area students participated in the Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment‘s Copper River Stewardship Program. Led by staff from the institute, students traveled to McCarthy, Cordova and Valdez, learning about the environment of the Copper River and Prince William Sound and how the waters are protected.

2011 – Students study Alaska’s coastal ecology and environment monitoring

A second year biology class from Valdez High School attended a three day, two night Alaska Coastal Ecology program held at Peterson Bay Field Station near Homer this past April. The students had been studying marine biology and learning monitoring techniques to help monitor our local port for invasive aquatic species.

2010 – Ocean Science and Leadership Expedition

The Council helped fund the Ocean Science and Leadership Expedition. Nine high school students from around the country completed the a summer intensive course based in Cordova and Valdez and led by staff from the Prince William Sound Science Center. From August 5-14, the students studied principles of oceanography and marine environmental issues, especially focusing on oil spills, and developed leadership skills in a wilderness learning environment.

The Science Center also created a curriculum based on the expedition: The Science of Oil Spills

2010 – Chugach Children’s Forest Expeditions

2009 – Students witness remaining Exxon Valdez oil on Chugach Children’s Forest Expedition into Prince William Sound. Read about the trip from the perspective of one of the students in the September 2009 edition of the Observer.”This summer, ten students embarked on a journey around Prince William Sound.  Coming from different backgrounds and communities, none of us really knew what to expect on this trip.”

2009 – Valdez High School Biology II class visits the Kasistna Bay Laboratory and Research Center

Valdez High School’s Biology II class received partial funding through this program for a trip to Kasistna Bay.

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