T4O Student Chapters are a fun and exciting way to work together with friends, meet new people and build a fun, ocean loving community that takes action for our ocean. Start your own local T4O Student Chapter and explore a variety of ocean topics, activities and ways to take action.
Tips to building a T4O Student Chapter:
- Select your team: Seek out other students who are curious about the ocean want to learn more and want to get involved.
- Find a T4O mentor: Identify one or two adults (especially teachers) who also love the ocean and are willing to help support your team and provide guidance or ideas for activities and events.
- Explore areas of ocean interest: As a team, decide what it is about the ocean you are all interested to learn more about, explore or gain experience with (see the section below for ideas).
- Develop projects and specific objectives: Start with one or two small projects, something the team can commit to. Maybe you want to meet ocean scientists and learn about their adventures, or find a way to ban plastic bottles/bags at your school, or host a shark education night for a middle school or fundraise to get SCUBA certified or take a trip to work with researchers in the field?
- Create a plan of action to achieve your goals: Now that you have identified what your team is into, have a meeting and decide on a step-by-step plan for how to reach your goal. Ask your mentor to help you with this part if you aren’t sure about all the details. Don’t be afraid reach out to other T4O Student Chapters or T4O staff members for ideas and connections!
- Have fun! It’s important to remember to have a blast with whatever you decide to do for T4O. The more you work together and laugh as a team, the more you will be able to accomplish!