SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 22, March 2017 - Page 99

at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium organized by COSEE-West and annually at a minimum of 5 Earth Day events in addition to Lennox health fairs, community events, etc.

A description of what has been accomplished: We carry out community wide educational efforts speaking to the youth and parents of Lennox and Inglewood in their native language, Spanish, about the marine environment and their impact on it. We distribute thousands of brochures to residents and fishermen/fisherwomen about the dangers of specific fish consumption, like White Croaker, caused by pollution/toxins emanating from land drainage and sewers.

We develop leadership by increasing the number of students capable of presenting the PowerPoint and accompanying oral content. By students attending the Cabrillo and Long Beach Aquaria lectures, Natural History Museum’s First Fridays and others we broaden students’ understanding of science- oceanography to molecular biology. Students participate in a 4-day research and adventure trip annually to Monterey Bay, San Diego or USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina.

Making presentations at Earth Day, health fairs,

and parent events helps students develop public speaking skills and increase their knowledge of our environment and our mission. By training our newest members, we add strength because more students can carry out major responsibilities and assume club leadership. Members currently help 4 local High & Middle schools form similar educational/activist organizations. We have weekly educationals of 20 minutes at mandatory Thursday after-school club meetings. We’ve secured scores of scholarships & internships for members from: The Coastal Studies School for Girls (Maine), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, USC Wrigley Center (Catalina), UCLA, JPL, COSMOS, Earthwatch, and USC Stem Cell research.

For more information, contact club advisor Mark Friedman


March 2017 - Ocean Literacy