Cultivating a full cycle of BIPOC representation in maritime by innovatively strengthening environmental education & workplace culture.
Sea Potential cultivates a full cycle of Black Indigenous People Of Color representation in maritime. Through healing activities and ocean justice conversations, we focus on fostering youth appreciation and connection to marine ecosystems, in addition to transforming the maritime industry with inclusive workplace culture.
Ebony & Savannah met at earthcorps, an environmental restoration non-profit, in 2019. They quickly noticed one another’s brown-ness and bonded over their shared lived-experiences and passions. Since then, they have become best-friends, roommates, and now business partners! At the end of their first AmeriCorps service term in 2019, they participated in a visioning workshop. One by one, everyone in the room answered the question, “If all of your worries and hesitations subsided, and you could do ANYTHING in the world, what would you be doing?”. Savannah & Ebony were pleasantly surprised that they had a shared dream of creating opportunity in the field of marine science for BIPOC youth, using themselves as direct sources of representation and facilitation. The events of 2020 hyper illuminated the racially fueled systemic injustices that exist within the US. Ebony and Savannah decided there was no time to wait to create the reality they wanted to see. In the span of just two months, they announced their plan, began extensively networking, acquired their business license, secured fiscal sponsorship through Sustainable Seattle, and received their first grant from Justice Outside!