YES is not just the name of the organization that Ocean Robbins began. Yes!, is how Ocean lives his life. His essential question in deciding what dreams to pursue is, “Will I feel good about making this choice no matter what happens.” As old systems and old ways of viewing things are breaking down, Ocean is committed to helping all people, especially young people step out with boldness, courage and convictions in prudent and thoughtful ways. He begins each day with the prayer, “Help me to release all ambition, attachment and desire to all that is not so and help me to embrace totally with all that I am all that is real.”
Bio: Ocean Robbins has been an activist since organizing a peace rally at his elementary school. At the age of 16 he founded YES!, Youth for Environmental Safety, an organization whose goal is to inspire and mobilize visionary young leaders worldwide. He is a prolific author, popular speaker and has among his many honors is being chosen by both Time and Audubon magazines as one of the heroes of the new millennium.
Everyday Hero: Melissa Michaels, Founder and Director of Golden Bridge dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of young people through rites of passage, mentoring and community support. Contact: www.goldenbridge.org