What Does the Ocean Mean to You? To Two Young Explorers, It Means the World

On this World Oceans Day, the National Geographic Society is thrilled to announce the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge, an opportunity for youth co-hosted in partnership with Esri. Creating a StoryMap can empower young people to learn about the ocean, build their storytelling skills, and help protect our “beautiful big blue,” as National Geographic Young Explorer Gabby Tan calls it. Read on for a conversation about the ocean with Gabby, who is from Malaysia, and fellow Young Explorer Ben Somerville, who has lived his whole life by the ocean in the Cayman Islands. Continue reading What Does the Ocean Mean to You? To Two Young Explorers, It Means the World

Here’s How I Am Taking Action for Our Ocean (And How You Can Too)

This post was written by #GenGeo community member and National Geographic Young Explorer Sruthi Gurudev. I am not a scientist. But I am a reader. My first dives into the ocean’s depths were through books and beautiful photographs. Growing up in landlocked Chicago, I felt so far away from the ocean. I immersed myself in written pieces about strange and fascinating creatures who lived beneath … Continue reading Here’s How I Am Taking Action for Our Ocean (And How You Can Too)

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Indigenous Youth Use Storytelling to Empower Others to Find their Voice

Storytelling is a universal connector that transcends time and distance. It is the basis of culture—providing insight to where traditions, ceremonies, and rituals began. And it allows people to connect with the history of their heritage, to understand who they are and where they came from. Indigenous youth rely on storytelling to foster connection with their ancestors and carry on the legacy of their people … Continue reading Indigenous Youth Use Storytelling to Empower Others to Find their Voice

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Our Fall 2020 Young Explorers Prove There Is Always Reason For Hope

The challenges facing our planet often seem daunting, but a growing community of young people are taking a stand. They have limitless potential to make an impact, with the imagination and drive to develop solutions to problems within their communities and beyond. These changemakers know that age is simply a number, a number that does not reflect their ability to work collectively to address some … Continue reading Our Fall 2020 Young Explorers Prove There Is Always Reason For Hope

A Year in Review: The 10 Good Things That Inspired Us in 2020

This post was written by Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. This year was like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. Just as 2020 changed our world, it changed education as well. The global pandemic shut down schools prompting an enormous transition to remote and hybrid learning. Along the way, another epidemic continued—of violence against the Black community—sparking a long-overdue reckoning over racial injustice. For these reasons … Continue reading A Year in Review: The 10 Good Things That Inspired Us in 2020