Clean Ocean Action

Student Environmental Advocates & Leaders (SEAL) Program

The SEAL program, which was funded generously by Impact 100 Jersey Coast as their first environmental grant, offers eligible high school students a unique leadership learning experience focused on local environmental issues. SEAL students collaborate with peers across Monmouth County through bi-monthly virtual group training sessions, to learn the basics of community grassroots activism and advocacy, and how it can be achieved in their own schools’ communities. Topics presented in the training sessions, featuring experts in that field, include, but are not limited to: civics and the voting system, environmental justice, water quality, environmental careers, recycling crisis, and watershed mindfulness. Students make connections from the lessons to their local communities and learn to make real change through problem-based learning. In addition, guest speakers, including elected officials, advocates, and activists speak to the students to discuss successful strategies and campaigns to add real world context to the learning.

To add a healthy bit of competition, Clean Ocean Action (COA) use a point-based system to award students for their activities, leadership, collaboration, cohesiveness, stewardship and campaigns. Importantly, SEALs help pass on their leadership and success to the community through presentations and engagement to middle schoolers and town councils.

For a complete description of the SEAL program, click here.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, interested high school students from eligible schools* should contact Kristen Grazioso at 732-872-0111 or education@(Spam protected email address)cleanoceanaction.org.

*Asbury Park High School, Raritan High School (Hazlet), Henry Hudson Regional High School, Keansburg High School, Keyport High School, Long Branch High School, Neptune High School, Monmouth Regional High School, Middletown High School North, Red Bank Regional High School, Ocean Township High School


The academic year of 2020-2021 was the inaugural year of the SEAL program. Check out the Inaugural SEAL Class projects below to learn more about their amazing and impactful community projects!

SEAL Projects 2020-2021:

  • Chelsea Delalla, Ocean Township, educating elementary School students about the importance of planting trees and gardening.
  • Isabella Taborda, Eatontown, engaging students in recycling by creating and supplying elementary school teachers with a pre-recorded informative Earth Day video featuring a craft made from recyclable materials.
  • Jackie Rogers, Little Silver, helping local businesses make an eco-friendly switch by educating and informing about the best alternatives.
  • Maya Burns, Keyport, reducing polluted stormwater runoff by planting Sugar Maple trees.
  • Olivia Bonforte, Ocean Township, helping to alleviate the amount of polluted stormwater runoff by creating a rain barrel and donating it to a local community. 
  • Olivia Fair, Highlands, beautifying the local First Aid Building while positively contributing to local pollinator species by planting and revamping the area with herbs and pollinator flowers.
  • Orianna Nolan, Highlands, lessening the amount of litter in Highlands with the creation of the environmental group “Highlands Helpers 07732.”
  • Sarah Taylor, Ocean Township, help lessen the amount of polluted stormwater runoff by hosting a virtual session called “Hydroponics Heals” to teach local middle schoolers how to create their own hydroponics system.
  • Thomas Baron, Middletown, reduce the amount of litter on local beaches by designing and posting “No Littering” signs.
  • William Franznick, Middletown, educating younger generations on local environmental issues and topics by creating curriculum-based environmental lesson plans and resources to provide teachers.
Headquarters:

49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041


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