Surfrider Foundation launched the QUAD youth service program in 2008 in response to overwhelming interest across the country from young people that wished to become more involved in Surfrider Foundation’s activities on their campuses and communities. The program has a wide range of activities including organizing a club and initiatives based on project-based learning. These range from beach clean ups to single use plastic free campus to greening your campus. Project-based learning will help teach students in the following areas.

Essential content skills by presenting students with knowledge and concepts that can be immediately applied.
Creatively that allows students to construct something new- an idea, an interpretation, a new way of displaying what they have learned.
Critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and various forms of communication also referred to as 21st Century Skills.
The core idea of project-based learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem solving-context.UNFL_Project

There is no shortage in characteristics of effective schools, but one of the most common is a high level of family and community involvement.  School Community Relation, the degree to which a school is engaged with its community typically sees a much higher level of student success. This statement speaks with our programs overall goal of involving students at an early age in civic engagement.  Surfrider Foundation’s QUAD program provides a high degree of community and school involvement that also provides us with the opportunity to expand beyond the coastal zone.

We appreciate your interest in engaging with the Surfrider Foundation and we hope that your involvement is enjoyable and fun.  Thank you.

For more information on how to start your own QUAD club, visit the QUAD website: http://www.surfrider.org/quad/