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Aeon For Ocean

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: To educate and increase awareness about ocean conservation and marine life amongst kids and their greater role in spreading the message to drive action. Our focus is on helping people inland understand why then ocean matters, irrespective of where we live or eat seafood, and things they can do from here to help protect it. Through our Krill2Whale program and other education initiatives, Aeon for Ocean is teaching kids they can save the world’s oceans for eons!

Target demographics: the environment, waterways, youths, communities, schools to create awareness on ocean and marine ecosystem

Direct beneficiaries per year: About 700 students in various classrooms, collected 4920 pieces of trash from 4 lakes/parks.

Geographic areas served: Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding areas

Programs: Krill to Whale program - Presentation at schools and communities, Read-a-loud, Beach/Park cleanup, Youth leadership, Community events, etc.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sairam V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great Kid with great initiate to make better world!! Sai!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Aeon for Ocean is a great non profit organization where it teaches marine life conservation. But for us, their message extends beyond marine life. It teaches us how our everyday choices can affect our environment. We’ve participated in their monthly events where we did park clean up. The whole experience was enjoyable as well as educational for our young children. The trash pick up is like a fun scavenger hunt :) We also discuss how various things affect the environment. It increases self awareness and discipline. The organization not only helps preserve the environment but also educates everyone.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

They are amazing at educating the public about what every person can do to help the ocean life - very inspiring!

1 Lori M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been following Aeon for Ocean for some time now and had the privilege of meeting Aeon and his parents at an animal welfare conference last year. His breadth of knowledge, motivation and ability to clearly present his views is impressive. It is so heartening to see such a young person so dedicated to helping make our planet a better place. I am thrilled to know him and look forward to the amazing work he will be doing in the years ahead of him.

- Lori Marino, PhD, President, Whale Sanctuary Project

1 Paul K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Aeon For Ocean is an educational, endearing, and important non-profit. Spreading the word about the conditions & vitality of our oceans and the flora and fauna that reside and thrive in them is so important, especially in this world where we know the environment is suffering.

Aeon organizes beach cleanups and other education events locally. I am proud to be a member/supporter of this organization!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aeon has so much passion for the ocean and for getting people in the middle of the country to care about our oceans. The non-profit is well-organized, attracts high quality volunteers, and has an incredible vision. I look forward to the path we are creating.

1 Mark F.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing story of what can be accomplished by such a young mind with the help of the many dedicated volunteers that assist!! The work they do is outstanding and I'm proud to have a same part of watching assisting in any way that I can!

"Keep believing that we each have a calling of greatness toward serving others within us and much can be accomplished "
Mark Freiberg
City Council Member
City of Eden Prairie, MN

2 Jennifer Cotennec C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aeon came to my kindergarten classroom on 3 different occasions. He taught my students about ocean animals, ocean plants, and the importance of keeping the ocean habitat clean.

Aeon was professional, knowledgeable, and engaging. He was polite and happy to engage with our students.

I have recommended that Aeon present to several classrooms at my school over several years.

2 Ann J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aeon For Ocean is a great nonprofit which helps children learn about pollution both locally and in our oceans. We put on a short program in local parks and then go pick up trash so that trash doesn't find its way into local bodies of water. We have krill ambassadors (children) who go speak to other children in schools and other venues about reducing, reusing and recycling. As a participating adult, I really appreciate the hands on experience of picking up trash and making a difference in the world!

1 Ashish K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great initiative by Aeon. His determination inspires all of us to take steps to save our sea life. It’s an important cause and holds a great significance in today’s world. I closely follow this non profit and have seen it grow tremendously. So proud of the work done.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a very nice experience to be part of Aeon for Ocean. The team are doing fabulous job and making people aware of all issues related to ocean and working continuously for that. Appreciate Aeon and all members for their tremendous effort.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aeon is a true inspiration for kids and adults! At his young age, he is able to engage kids in caring about the future of our Oceans and the impact we can make changing certain habits in our daily lives.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Aeon For Ocean after witnessing the passion and drive of then 8-year-old Aeon and the myriad of professional supporters that he is ever-accruing. Aeon's intense and pure passion for whales and ocean conservation and for bringing the ocean and environmental issues to life for inland children (many of whom have never seen the ocean), has naturally guided him into forming his own 501(c)(3). Currently working for him and advising him are grant writers, lawyers, education professionals, scientific illustrators, and Aeon is also advised by some of the top marine mammal scientists and conservationists in the world. I saw Aeon present a talk at the 2018 biennial conference of the American Cetacean Society (California), and Aeon will be presenting in the coming months via Skype at the 2019 World Whale Conference (Australia) and he will give an in-person poster presentation at the 2019 World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona, Spain as well. Each of these three conference presentations are incredible feats in their own rights for career scientists to have been invited to give - Aeon is doing them all, and he is currently 9 years old.

Aeon's organization is run efficiently, transparently, and truly benevolently. His energy draws in support from many communities, and he is extending his own network/community to include the international scientific and conservation communities. This youth ocean advocacy organization - Aeon For Ocean - is one of the most remarkable and admirable groups for which I have had the pleasure to volunteer, and Aeon and this organization will continue to grow and accrue support. Thank you for allowing me to write this - Aeon For Ocean has my highest recommendation as an organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization creating opportunities for kids to lead efforts with other kids to drive awareness and action for ocean conservation. Local action for broader impact!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Aeon For Ocean's mission is "To educate and increase awareness about ocean conservation and marine life amongst kids and their greater role in spreading the message to drive action." I am fortunate and glad to be a part of the Aeon For Ocean's cause. Every day is a learning and growing experience. I am glad to be volunteering with a great team of diverse professionals achieving the organization's mission. It is indeed a great place to work as you meet interesting people, learn new skills and help advance a great cause!
- Rashi Mahato, Human Resources Lead

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everytime Aeon was given a classroom project at school, the seven year old would build his assignment around the ocean and marine life. Aeon has turned that passion into greater project. Through the help of his parents and community, he has turned his interests into an exciting adventure. Aeon's passion and knowledge in areas relating to ocean conservation has caught the attention of experts in the field around the globe. However, Aeon for Ocean is not just interesting for Aeon's global recognition.

A vast majority of climate related initiatives have the greatest impact at a local, grass roots level. Working in the classrooms, Aeon has found a way to increase his peers awareness and enthusiasm relating to ocean conservation through the Krill2Whale Ambassador program and other various local initiatives.

Since becoming a Board Member, I have become increasingly excited for the organization's future, which has set ambitious goals. In a short period of time, they have methodically grown and taken on challenges with a team of passionate and intelligent volunteers from diverse backgrounds. There is no doubt Aeon has created a special project.

3 cooperalex

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aeon for Ocean was founded by Aeon at age seven who wanted to give back to his peers and help the next generation he is part of to understand global issues surrounding the world's oceans, recycling, ocean wildlife, and how inland areas such as Minnesota can help curb future damage. From free classroom delivered content to neighborhood park cleanup events, Aeon for Ocean has been a unique way for youth to get involved in environmental sustainability and grow their interest in the ocean, marine life, and STEM careers. My experience has shown me a caring group of volunteers who keep the organization running through support of the youth involved. Aeon, now nine years old, is a very passionate kid who with the help of other youth through the Krill to Whale Ambassador Program is at the beginning of a great life of helping others through education. It has been a pleasure to serve for this organization and see the kids grow their community leadership skills, interest in the global environmental issues of today, and plant the seeds for this nonprofit to succeed in the years to come.