February 23, 2017
Editor’s note: The following is from Bevyn, a guest teen blogger and SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council member. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council was launched in 2015 and is made up of a group of energetic, passionate, hard-working, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer teens! Our goal when creating the Council was to inspire future leaders. As it turns out, they were the ones who ended up inspiring us.
One of my favorite parts of working on the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Youth Advisory Council is being involved in the Environmental Excellence Awards. Every year, young people are taking steps to transform this beautiful planet through their extraordinary conservation work. From starting recycling programs at their high schools, teaching kids about animal conservation to conducting environmental research, our generation of environmental leaders are taking great steps to educate their communities.
These actions do not go unnoticed, though, at least not by SeaWorld & Busch Gardens. Inspiring young leaders to develop a passion for environmental leadership has been a goal of SeaWorld’s since the creation of the Environmental Excellence Award in 1993. Since then, many young leaders have been recognized, which has allowed their conservation efforts to multiply.
For past awardees, this recognition has helped fuel their passion for making a difference in their communities. Some of our past Environmental Excellence Award winners shared with me how this experience was life changing.
“I am able to continue my research this year and purchase the equipment necessary to expand upon my previous discoveries, as well as, network and make influential contacts in my field of research. This is a special opportunity that should be taken full advantage of!” – Maddison T., 2016 Environmental Excellence Award Recipient
“Winning the Environmental Excellence Award has helped for me to enhance my website through connections with other youth leaders across the country with similar passions. I felt inspired by my peers and their contributions which made winning the award all the more special.” – Sierra L., 2015 Environmental Excellence Award Recipient
As a young environmental leader myself, I urge everyone who has an interest in making a difference in the environment to apply for the Environmental Excellence Award. It is a phenomenal opportunity to expand your conservation project, learn from your fellow young leaders, and fuel a passion for making a difference. For more information about the Environmental Excellence Awards and to apply, click here. Applications will be accepted until March 17.