The Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership program helps students in grades 10 and 11 learn about leadership and their community, and prepare for college and career. This year the 10th grade students are planning their Day of Service in partnership with local nonprofit, Clarkson University Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries. Students plan their Day of Service in order to learn and apply real-life interpersonal, organizational, and public leadership skills.
Our Day of Service partner, Clarkson University Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, is a nonprofit organization focused on educating the community about sustainable ways to protect rivers and estuaries. Their mission is to inspire sustainable solutions for estuary and freshwater ecosystems across New York State.
During our Day of Service with The Beacon Institute, we will learn about estuary ecology and issues of plastic pollution, marine debris, and surface runoff. We will then collect marine plastic and other debris from the beaches and trails of Dennings Point State Park. Afterwards, we will categorize and analyze the debris collected using data sheets and digital apps, in order to track and report our findings to Ocean Conservancy, the world’s largest database on marine debris. The information we gather can help researchers develop data-driven solutions to plastic pollution threats.
On behalf of The Beacon Institute, The Chamber Foundation is requesting the following donated items from the community as part of our Day of Service project: