Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) is a world-class aquarium. Millions of visitors marvel at the enormous kelp forest tank, the surrogate sea otter program, and the many species of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The creative and informative encounters with the 1000’s of marine and fresh water species is why the MAB has so many followers from around the world. However, what many people don’t see and realize is that the MBA also has a core mission of developing conservation leaders.
When I learned about this mission, I knew I wanted to make the MBA a recipient of my Giving Back program where I annually donate my time to help support the development of next generation conservation leaders. The MBA Teen Conservation Leader program is an education, mentorship, and leadership development program that guides youth from middle school to college.
In early July 2015, I spent two days coaching 11 young professionals who began their affiliation with the aquarium in the TEEN program as youth and now serve as summer staff in the TEEN program. I donated my time but the greatest gift was how these inspiring young professionals shared with me their wisdom, courage, motivation, and vision for a better future. [Read more…]