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Kelsey Leonard

in Southampton, NY (Shinnecock Indian Nation)

Mentor Org

Citizens Campaign Fund for the Environment

Location

Southampton, NY

Tribe

Shinnecock Indian Nation

Kelsey’s dream is to inspire Indigenous youth to protect the Oceans.

Cigarette butts are a lead pollutant along the New York coastline. Working with local youth councils, she will design and launch a social marketing campaign to combat cigarette butt pollution in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean. The project includes partnering with tribal smoke shops to raise awareness about the danger of marine debris, collecting pledges, and distributing minimal waste receptacles.

This collaboration with Indigenous youth on Long Island will mobilize them to protect the environment and foster a sense of cultural identity as ocean stewards.

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