"My name is Christopher Carnes and I am 15 years old. I will be going to be in 10th grade at the South Fork IB program. I started my interest in the environment in the Team Green Program in 4th grade. My love of the environment has grown to include helping to accomplish the global goals. One of the Goals I am passionate about is Global Goal #4, Quality Education. This goal is important to me because I believe that education is the base for everything. If you have an education that can help achieve equal rights and if children are raised with an education, they are able to have a job, end poverty and raise a family with zero hunger. I am also passionate about global goal #14, Life Below Water. I am truly appalled that sea creatures, such as turtles being harmed by human actions. I am also a Student Teacher at Visionary School of the Arts and love to use my art skills and creativity to make piece to educate people on how to make a change. I am also Treasurer of Class of 2022 at South Fork. I love being part of Students4H2O and empowering the students in the community and around the world to make a change!"
“My name is Tyler Daniel, and I am fourteen years old. I will be entering the Lincoln Park Academy IB program. My concern for the environment started when I moved to the Treasure Coast in third grade. At this time, I learned about the blue-green algae crisis and its detrimental effect on the community. With the accumulation of new knowledge, my passion for protecting and conserving the environment grew. I am dedicated to achieving Global Goal 3, Good Health and Well – Being. It is important to ensure healthy lives and advocate efficient healthcare for all at all ages. Also, I am passionate about Global Goal 13, Climate Action which is an undeniable threat to our entire civilization. Through education and innovation, I believe we can make the necessary changes to protect the planet and promote greater prosperity across the globe. Outside from Students4H2O and school, I enjoy playing volleyball and spending time with my family and friends.”
"My name is Krista Brown and I am 16 years old. I am a junior at South Fork High School. I will be enrolling in the veterinarian course at South Fork hoping to kickstart my career as a veterinarian. My passion for animals is what helped me choose Global Goal 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land)."
"Hi! My name is Ava Robles and I am 15 years old. I will be a sophomore at Jensen Beach High school this year, and I will be participating in the Entrepreneurship program. In fourth grade, I became truly inspired when I became apart of Team Green Martin, and a passion for helping the community has stuck with me. To this very day, I continue to help out with the environment, which is why I am apart of the global goal initiative. The goals that I am passionate about are goals 2 and 3. Goal 2 is all about ending hunger. Around the world, over 795 million people live without little to no food. I simply cannot sleep comfortably at night knowing this, and the fact that there is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone, this issue is getting it to the remote places that need it. Goal 3 is good health and well-being. When people are in good health the world is better off because people can do more and can contribute to the world around us. Millions of people around the world die because of malnourishment and a very low well being. These two goals have become my passion to make a change in the world. In my free time, I enjoy baking, running, going to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family. I look forward to the upcoming year, and can’t wait to be more involved."
"I am Abby Pedersen and I am 16 years old. I attend Martin County High School and Indian River State College. At MCHS, I am a member of Health Occupation Students of America, working alongside kids who also share a huge interest in the medical field just like me. I also love to volunteer at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health North, in outpatient admitting escorting patients all over the hospital and making sure they are getting where they need to go. One of my biggest accomplishments was winning the Philanthropist of the Year Award from AFP Treasure Coast with my family foundation, The Pedersen Family Foundation. Ever since I was little, my family was always doing things to help the people in our community, and keep it beautiful. Now I get to do some things to help, with Students4H2O! I support Global Goal #1, No Poverty. I believe that every person should get a chance at living a peaceful life, without having to worry about where to sleep at night, or when they are going to get to shower again. I also support Global Goal #6, Clean Water and Sanitation. Water is the one thing that every form of living creatures need to survive, and no one or nothing should be deprived of that. Sanitation is also a thing we need to stop the spreading of disease, and to keep our homes and environments clean. Students4H2O is spreading awareness for problems such as these and many more, and doing little things that can make a big difference."
"My name is Karina Stephenson and I am 15 years old. I am a junior at Martin County High School as a dual-enrolled student at Indian River State College. I have always been in as many clubs as possible as it is such a great way to give back to our community. I started Green Team in my old home California in 2nd grade. When I moved to Florida I quickly joined Team Green at Bessey Creek Elementary and loved every minute of it! My fascination to help others continues to grow and with the help of the Global Goals, it feels possible! I am very passionate about Global Goals 2 and 6, Zero Hunger and Clean Water and sanitation. Food and water, two very crucial things essential for survival that are taken for granted every day by so many. Some are not so lucky and don’t have access to these things. I also feel strongly about Global Goal 4, Quality Education. We are fortunate enough to live in an area with great education. I believe that education opens up a world of opportunities, the chance to make a difference, and for some turn their lives around for the better. I am involved in many clubs including NHS (National Honor Society) and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America). I also spent my summer volunteering at Martin Memorial Hospital. When I’m not studying or volunteering I love spending time with friends and family and staying active."