Black Sea Young Ambassador Programme
The Black Sea Young Ambassador (BSYA) Programme was developed to unite youth for the future of the Black Sea, for a healthy, resilient, and sustainable Black Sea, in September 2020, under the Black Sea CONNECT CSA. Black Sea Young Ambassadors are young early career ocean professionals who come from different backgrounds in marine and maritime research, industry, policy, and civil society, and either in educational programmes or in the early stages of their carrier.
Black Sea Young Ambassadors both play an important role in advocating for Blue Growth in the Black Sea and promote the goals of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (Black Sea SRIA). The engagement of the Young Ambassadors enhances the visibility and actions of the Blue Growth Initiative in the Black Sea, will increase the countries’ potential, and spread the output of projects and activities related to the Blue Growth Initiative in the region. The BSYA has brought a novel dynamic to the Black Sea CONNECT CSA, especially in terms of visibility and dissemination efforts.
In the Black Sea Day dedicated event, on 30 October 2020, the Black Sea Young Ambassadors Programme was officially launched by the European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. At the event, Commissioner Gabriel shared new plans for increasing support for youth, education, and science.
The first cohort, regularly met online, discussed their national and regional needs and priorities under the umbrella of SRIA with their national mentors, fellow young ambassadors, and Black Sea CONNECT Consortium as well as these, they have also received training on the fundamentals of sustainable blue economy, Black Sea SRIA, science communication.
They also had the opportunity to share their vision and goals on these missing links and re-connecting them with Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth at Research and Innovation in the Black Sea event on October 30, 2020. Since the beginning, the Black Sea Young Ambassadors carried out various activities and represented Black Sea Youth on different platforms (see here).
Considering the success of the programme, the BSYA has been linked with the EU H2020 BRIDGE-BS project not only increasing the impact of the program and its visibility but also ensuring its sustainability. Together with BRIDGE-BS, not only the foundations of the BSYAs’ work and efforts but also the bridge they have created between society and science will be getting stronger and broader in scope.
Black Sea Young Ambassador Activities
As early career ocean professionals from the Black Sea countries, Black Sea Young Ambassadors are actively contributing to facilitate the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Implementation Plan while enhancing global awareness of the Black Sea through their impactful research endeavors.Most recently, Marika Makharadze and Tatiana Sitchinava, Young Ambassadors from Georgia, showcased their commitment […]
New 15 promising young early career ocean professionals from the Black Sea region have now embarked on the important task of becoming the voice of the Black Sea. The inception of the Black Sea Young Ambassadors Programme in 2020, as part of the Black Sea CONNECT CSA, aimed to unite the region’s youth in shaping […]
The 1st Cohort of the Black Sea Young Ambassadors conducted various awareness-raising campaigns and outreach activities in their communities. In Romania, Selma Menabit organized workshops and beach activities to raise awareness about Black Sea issues among high school students. In Georgia, Salome Kobaidze organized events to educate and sensitize Georgian youth about the sustainable development […]
The two-day summer training focused on science and policy communication has successfully commenced, leaving the Black Sea Young Ambassadors inspired and ready to make a difference in the Black Sea region. Hosted by H2020 BRIDGE-BS and Black Sea CONNECT projects in İstanbul, with a stunning view of the Black Sea, the 2nd Cohort of the […]
The 2nd Cohort of the Black Sea Young Ambassadors made a flying start with the Orientation Meeting that was held online on the 19th of January 2023! To unite youth for a healthy, resilient, and sustainable future of the Black Sea, the Black Sea Young Ambassadors Programme has been launched within the scope of the […]
Based on the rounds of training they received, Black Sea Young Ambassadors conducted bottom-up outreach activities in their local communities. Romania: Selma Menabit of Geoecomar organized an campaign including two events; Black Sea Journey Event 1: “Youth Power – Towards a healthy Black Sea”, Event 2: “Discovering together the beauties of the Black Sea”. She […]