Across Belize only 40% of youth attend high school and youth unemployment is 25%. Kayak with Purpose is the flagship social enterprise at Ocean Academy allowing students to earn tuition, stipends and gain real-word job skills. Aquatic tourism is our island's top industry.
Across Belize, only 40% of secondary-school-age youth attend school and youth unemployment is 30%. Ocean Academy high school offers physical education classes and social enterprises in kayak, scuba, fly fishing and tour guiding skills. Students earn tuition, stipends and gain real-word job skills.
Ocean Academy opened in 2008 as the very first community high school on the island of Caye Caulker. Belize has the second-longest barrier reef in the world, and Caye Caulker's economy has shifted from traditional fishing and boat-building to aquatic sports tourism and hospitality services. Island youth needed equitable access to education, and skills and knowledge to make wise development decisions. Ocean Academy prepares students for careers relevant to island tourism and conservation science.
How can you make a great product with no overhead? By using something that you've already got. Shop Green offers an alternative to excessive plastic bag waste. Youth sell attractive reusable shopping bags made locally out of sugar, rice and feed bags. Profits are shared between two high-school Interact Clubs to support environmental projects on the mainland and the caye. "Dis Da Fi Wi Future"!