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- Program Description -                                                                                                                  

Youth Ocean Explorers is a 4 week, hands-on marine science program for middle to high school-aged students interested in studying coastal, marine & environmental science, natural resource management, and conservation. The program involves a combination of short presentations and lectures daily from UVI faculty, staff, and community partners along with field activities utilizing scientific tools to supplement those presentations. Participants report to the UVI Center for Marine & Environmental Studies but can expect to travel with staff to other on-island locations for field work and activities. Snorkel gear and other instructional materials are provided for student use during the program. 

- Mission Statement - 

The Youth Ocean Explorers (YOE) Summer Program aims to provide students with hands-on, STEM-based (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) training that fosters career development. Using the ocean as our classroom, students enrolled in YOE develop a sense of environmental stewardship, acquire new skills, and establish long-lasting connections with fellow students and STEM professionals.  

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New to the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program for 2017! We received supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation's INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) program. The SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aquatic Scientists) Your Tomorrow project which is funded by the NSF INCLUDES program aims to transform the face of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) within the Virgin Islands and the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is proud to be a component of that project. Click here for more details about this partnership. 

- Eligibility Criteria / Important Information -   

  • The Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is open to students in junior high to high school with an interest in marine biology / science (Grades 7-12). 
  • The maximum capacity of the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is 25 students (Not including interns/mentors). We are accepting 10 mentors for 2018; mentors should be in upper high school level (junior or senior), an undergraduate, or graduate student. 
  • Students who previously participated in the program are eligible to apply to participate again.  
  • At this time, housing is not provided for this summer program. 
  • The Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is currently only available on St. Thomas. Students from St. Croix and St. John are eligible to apply. 
  • The 2018 Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program will begin on July 9th and end on August 3rd. These dates may shift depending on when summer recess begins.  
  • There will be a mandatory orientation meeting (Friday before start date) for both parents and accepted students prior to the start date of the program.
  • Students are expected to be in attendance daily (9AM - 4:30PM) and any scheduled absences should be immediately brought to the attention of camp counselors/coordinators.
  • There is a one-time program fee of $300 which covers all program materials and lunches. 
  • Applications are available below!  
  • Scholarships are provided each year! To be eligible for a scholarship, the student should submit a copy of their most recent report card.  

 - Program Materials -

Step 1: REGISTRATION OPEN: Application for the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program is available below (for both students and mentors). Be sure to make sure that all Supporting documents are submitted in order for your application to be complete. Scholarships are available! Submit a copy of your child's most recent report card to howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu to see if you are eligible. 

Step 2: Supporting Documents: These documents are required for your child to participate in the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program. They detail specific language about assuming any known risks associated with any of the field activities covered during the program as well as giving our team permission to take photographs and/or video of students.

  • STUDENT ASSESSMENT FORMThis form contains questions that the student should answer and help us to gauge the applicant's eligibility into the program.
  • MINOR MEDIA RELEASE FORMThis form authorizes our team to use any photographs or video taken during the YOE to help promote our program.    
  • RELEASE and WAIVER of LIABILITYThis form should be read and signed by both the parent/guardian and the applicant and informs all parties of possible risks associated with participation in the program.
  • CODE of CONDUCTThis form should be read and completed by both the parent/guardian and the applicant and details unacceptable behavior and possible repercussions for such. 

- Program Funding / Sponsorship -

Our program operates each year via small grants from private foundations and federal agencies as well as donations (monetary or in kind services) from the Virgin Islands community. If you are interested in providing a donation or to sponsor a student to attend, contact us using any of the methods listed below. The University of the Virgin Islands is a 501c3 institution so all donations are tax deductible.  

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Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672
E-mail: St. Thomas (howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu)
Website: http://vimas.uvi.edu
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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands

St. Thomas
#2 John Brewers Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802