Learn how their own plastic use impacts the health of our planet.

In the Ocean Health program, teens bring to life both local and global ecosystems, connects individual behaviors with the health of our planet, and inspires them to take action. They learn the power of storytelling to leverage behavioral change as they explore their own and their global peers’ lived experiences of plastic use; consider their own and their global peers’ local waste management practices; discern the impact of their individual and collective behaviors on ocean health; and devise plans to increase ocean health.

In this interactive program teens shape their own learning experience – they set the pace, decide when and where they engage, and make choices about the content that appeals to them
most. This course allows teens to

  • Learn key concepts through short, structured, engaging, and highly visual lessons
  • Expand their global perspective by exploring carefully selected videos and articles related to global hunger
  • Exchange stories with their global peers to deepen their understanding of one another and explore their similarities and differences
  • Contribute to their local and global communities by developing a plan for local actions that can achieve positive global impact
  • *Add-on interactive activities available to select at registration

Due to the generosity of our funding partners, our Student to World programs are FREE. Sign up today!

  • Ages: 13-19
  • Self-directed: Teens navigate independently, selecting themes and resources of interest to them
  • Content-rich: 6-8 hours of engaging resources and creative activities for each theme
  • Flexible:​ Start and stop anytime
  • Online: Mobile, tablet, desktop
  • Safe:​ Private, secure platform

Program breakdown

Aligns with History/Social Studies, English, and Science courses

Course modules:

  1. #EverydayPlastic: Teens explore and share stories about a plastic in their lives
  2. #EverydayLocalEcosystem: Teens explore and share stories about plastic usage in their communities
  3. #EverydayGlobalEcosystem: Teens explore and share stories about how a piece of plastic travels around the world
  4. #EverydayAction: Teens plan for local actions that can achieve positive global impact

Learning objectives:

  1. Have a basic understanding of the history of plastics
  2. Understand the connections between plastic use and ocean health
  3. Know how stories help us connect to one another across distance and difference
  4. Understand the meaning of an ecosystem and how humans interact with them
  5. Understand feedback loops
  6. Know how to visually map a local ecosystem based on a story you will tell
  7. Understand global macro ecosystems
  8. Connect individual and collective single-use plastics with ocean health
  9. calculate your own plastic use and think about ways to reduce it
  10. Learn that everyday behaviours can affect ocean health
  11. Take positive action to preserve ocean health

Course components:

  1. Mini-lessons
  2. Video content
  3. Learning checks
  4. Audio narration
  5. Youth narration
  6. Story Share assignments
  7. Global repository of stories

This course aligns to:

  • United Nations’ Sustainable ​Development Goals
  • Next Generation Science Standards ​ ​ ​
  • Asia Society Global Competencies
  • ​21st Century Skills
  • Casel’s Social Emotional Learning

Student to World encouraged my students to write more

A student of mine always writes funny stories, when she started the Art in Action program she realized that a lot of other writers have the same style she has. This encouraged her to write more. The program also helped her with increasing her vocabulary

Stories used as an opportunity to raise

I really liked how [global peers] used their stories as an opportunity to raise awareness for an issue they are passionate about. [One student] talked about how he was able to overcome bullying, which really inspired [me]. [Another student] talked about the cruel oppression of Muslims in Burma, which really convinced me to include awareness in my story.

An opportunity to see something beyond
the world where they live

The thing that I most enjoy in implementing [the program] with high school students is the opportunity for them to see something beyond the world where they live…

Why Storytelling?

“Everything – faith, science, love – needs a story for people to find it plausible.”

-Adam Gopnick, The New Yorker.

In order for youth to find each other’s lives plausible, Student to World leverages the power of storytelling. Rather than have global youth share opinions and information about themselves with one another, we engage them in sharing stories with one another.

The stories are often brief, yet impactful, revealing deep truths through small moments, bringing social issues to life through day-to-day realities a deep-rooted global issue.

The power of storytelling for enduring learning–in which students retain the information they learn beyond the classroom and course is well established in research literature in the fields of communication, cultural studies and neuroscience. The brain reacts to stories based on triggers to the neurons that evoke empathy. Stories help students connect across great distance and difference.

Standards Alignment

Aligns with History/Social Studies, English, and Science courses

MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Investigate the world
Recognize perspectives
Communicate ideas
Take Action
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Creativity and Innovation
Information Literacy
Media Literacy
Technology Literacy
Flexibility and Adaptability
Initiative and Self-Direction
Productivity and Accountability
Leadership and Responsibility
Self Awareness
Self Management
Responsible Decision Making
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 6:
Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 11:
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12:
Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13:
Climate Action
Goal 14:
Life Below Water

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