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2024 Youth Innovation Challenge: Advancing Marine Conservation!

Deadline extended—submit your innovation by June 19, 2024 at 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time!

In partnership with the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA), GEEP invites you to apply for the 2024 Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC): Advancing Marine Conservation! The YIC provides an opportunity for young people ages 15–30 around the world to share their innovative solutions to protect marine resources. This year’s challenge explores how we can address marine issues, including loss of biodiversity, marine debris, lack of awareness, and other related issues, and support people of all ages to be engaged stewards to support marine environments. The YIC seeks solutions that are innovative, feasible, and informed by research. Winning solutions will receive global recognition and a $1,000 USD prize and be invited to attend the YIC award ceremony at the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration’s marine debris conference in Taiwan in September 2024 (all travel expenses covered)

Have a great idea? Follow the steps below:

  1. Read more about the Challenge, selection criteria, and more in the YIC Applicant Handbook. Read here 

  2. Watch the recording of the YIC Applicant Webinar for tips on submitting strong submission. Watch here

  3. Submit your proposal below before June 19, 2024, at 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time. Apply

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    YIC Applicant Webinar

    Watch the 2024 YIC Applicant Webinar to learn how to submit a strong proposal.

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      Learn About Marine Debris Governance

      Interested in learning about marine debris governance? Check out this resource from the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration.

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      2024 YIC Applicant Handbook

      Read the 2024 YIC Applicant Handbook for more information about the selection criteria, benefits, and application process.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a question about the YIC? Check out our FAQ, come to the applicant webinar, or email us at

  • Need some inspo? Check out innovative solutions from our past YIC awardees.

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    2023 YIC: Saving Our Seas!

    We're so excited to announce our 2023 GEEP Youth Innovation Challenge Winners and Finalists! Check out their pitches and learn more about their incredible innovations!

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      2022 YIC: Tackling Marine Debris

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      2021 YIC: Fresh Ideas for Our Climate and Seas


  • The Youth Innovation Challenge is a program of the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) in partnership with the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA). GEEP is a partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Taiwan Ministry of Environment, and the North American Association for Environmental Education.

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