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Wildcoast Teams Up With Mar Vista Poseidon Academy

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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2019 4:14 pm

Wildcoast, an organization based in Imperial Beach, has partnered with the Poseidon Academy of Mar Vista High School to help students become involved with the protection of oceans and marine areas. This is done through special projects that groups of students contribute to, which range from making T-shirts with a clever design, to adding to the Wildcoast blog, or even a specialized card game about marine wildlife.

As their website states: Wildcoast is “a community-based organization committed to conserving and sustaining coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife.” They preserve ecosystems by establishing, managing, and regulating Marine Protected areas worldwide, mostly in California and Mexico.

Wildcoast was founded in 2000, and also help preserve endangered animals, such as the loggerhead sea turtle.

Carlos Callado, the conservation specialist and undergraduate in environmental policy, has been working with Wildcoast for about a year, and helps establish the management of Marine Protected Areas. He also helps run the youth program, which involves the partnership between the Poseidon Academy and the organization. Callado said, “Our main goal for the youth program is to engage the youth due to declining ecosystems, and to inspire them to protect them in the future.”

Typically, every week, Callado visits the senior class of 2020 in the Poseidon Academy, who contributes to the partnership, and leads them to a path of success with their mission, which he does by giving them a timeline, and saying what ideas will work, and what won’t.

Dylan Ralls, a senior, said, “Carlos is our link to Wildcoast, so having him as a voice of the organization keeps us on track and lets us know what Wildcoast wants in our design.”

Audrie Hill, teacher for engineering and the Poseidon Academy, helped form the partnership. “In 2015 a Mar Vista parent approached the Poseidon Academy with the idea of a partnership of our program with Wildcoast,” she said. “Wildcoast had been looking for student involvement, and the Poseidon Academy was looking for accessible internship opportunities for our seniors. Their message matched our goals and we have been working together ever since. This is our 4th year involving Wildcoast with our senior class internships.”

The projects that students do help lead them to other Wildcoast internships, as well.

Poseidon Academy has been a good choice to partner up with Wildcoast, as both organizations are focused on being informed and trying to protect marine life. Hill said, “The Poseidon Academy is filled with students who are passionate about protecting the ocean. We are very grateful to Wildcoast for giving us the opportunity to get hands-on experience in marine science and activism. Our students learn Wildcoast’s goals, and then become agents of change while they are at Mar Vista, and then wherever they go after high school.”

One group in Poseidon Academy has been working on a T-shirt design that in some way educates the public on where certain Marine Protected Areas are located. Ralls said “The T-shirt design incorporates MPAs in the actual print of the shirt itself.”

Overall, the team is very productive. Ralls continued, “The group is extremely creative and we work well in coming up with products and design ideas which is great for designing the products we plan on releasing with Wildcoast.”

Ultimately, this partnership between the Poseidon Academy and Wildcoast will hopefully bring awareness to the protection of wildlife and marine protected areas.

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