POPS International Youth Summit

Algalitas POPS International Youth Summit engages students and educators from across the United States and around the world in action-oriented, solutions-based education about plastic marine pollution. This exciting summit involves students in hands-on activities and projects that strengthen student leadership and speaking skills, promote environmental awareness, support educational curricula and spark local action.

Summit Objectives

Algalita works with students and teachers throughout the world to foster a greater appreciation of the marine environment, as well as an understanding of how plastic pollution effects marine life. Our objectives are to educate, motivate, and empower by engaging, mentoring, and overseeing youth leaders in launching action campaigns to reduce plastic waste in their own communities.

Educate - Giving students the information, tools and skills they need to become leaders in their communities. Providing teachers with improved curriculum and educational tools to teach students about issues related to plastic waste.

Motivate - Involving students in hands-on projects with measurable outcomes that lead to plastic waste reduction in their own communities. Inspiring local, national and international youth to continue seeking ways to reduce plastic waste in their own neighborhoods.

Empower - Preparing students to deliver presentations to community outlets such as a town councils, other schools, and local organizations. Growing and strengthening a peer network of youth leaders throughout the world committed to positive change.


During the inaugural 2011 Summit, more than 100 students, 30 academic advisors, and 50 speakers and guests gathered in Long Beach, California. Student teams and their advisors represented 12 countries, including the Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guam, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zambia. From the U.S., students and teachers traveled from throughout California, as well as Illinois, Indiana, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and South Carolina to attend in person.

Via webinar, participants represented 27 countries, including countries as far away as Brazil, Fiji, Israel, Morocco, Netherlands Antilles, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, and Uruguay.

Creating awareness of the problem of plastic marine pollution and engendering a sense of responsibility are the first steps toward a long-term solution. Algalita’s objective is to provide information in a compelling manner that connects with students, teachers, and the public at large.



Check out the Algalita Youth in Action Timeline!