Young People Power Change

As a young person, you have endless opportunities for making this world a better one. In order to bring about meaningful change, we need all hands on deck. Whether you’re just getting into plastic pollution or you’ve been dedicating yourself to this cause for many years, we’re here to help you connect with your peers, bring your ideas into real life and guide us to a world where plastic pollution is unthinkable.

Wayfinder Society

Every young person should be inspired to make a difference in their own way. By completing a series of tasks ranging from calling out sidewalk litter on social media to writing letters to government officials to composing original pieces of music, students can shape their own participation while earning rewards for accomplishing their goals. Designed for ages ~8 – 18.


Program launch soon! 


International Youth Summit

A summit designed by young people, for young people and adults working together to take action against single-use plastic consumption. Participants dive into their local projects, share and network with each other,  and work with mentors to further develop their plans. Each year, 15 Summit alumni are selected to become Peer Advisors and lead the following year’s event.

Next Summit: Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2020 | Dana Point, CA | Ages 11-18

Application deadline: Nov 3


Youth Innovation Forum

When young innovators and plastics experts get together, big solutions emerge. This three-day conference-style event connects youth directly with industry leaders in worldwide plastics manufacturing, recycling and design to explore how technology, business models and waste management improvements can aid in eliminating plastic pollution.

August 2-4, 2019 | California State University Long Beach | Ages 15-25




ExperienceShip Program

Algalita offers college experiences unlike any other. Each year, we recruit students to work directly with our staff in immersive real-world projects. ExperienceShip participants have helped us conduct research on Lanternfish in the North and South Pacific, analyzed ocean water samples for plastic particles, worked locally in urban rivers, educated local K-12 students and more. Not only is this a great recruiting tool for Algalita, but it helps inspire the next generation of advocates for our mission.

Opportunities are ongoing | Gyre expedition available every 4-5 years



You are the change. Youth are the change!

– Kristal Ambrose


Help us build our community by donating or sharing our resources with a teacher, young person or family member. Together, we can arrive at a future free of plastic pollution.


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