The Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) is a global organization that advances the impact of start-ups, social enterprises and youth-centered initiatives that are developing solutions to protect and sustain our ocean. SOA’s pipeline of ocean leaders, ages 16-35, is cultivated through a chapter-based model, led by students at the high school and college levels, as well as by young professionals.
SOA’s mission is reinforced through our national and international high school, university, and young professional chapters. Our goal is to have 200 global chapters by 2018, each focused on developing advocacy campaigns targeting local elected officials, hosting community-centered impact events, and raising awareness about the common responsibility to protect our ocean.
Innovation and technology are essential components in our effort to restore the health of the ocean. SOA encourages entrepreneurship by building youth networks, promoting youth-led ocean start-ups, promoting research as the first step in developing problem-solving solutions, and holding entrepreneurship competitions with substantial prizes.
We give youth access to high-level conversation and a platform to showcase their ideas and solutions that can protect our ocean. Leadership opportunities include: United Nations conferences, Our Ocean Leadership Summits, global forums etc. The next conference that SOA will bring youth delegates to will be the Our Oceans Conference in Malta this October.