FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — Early Literacy Research found that in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is one per every 300 children. Future generations desperately need engaging reading material to harness their creativity and optimism for their own future, the future of activism and the future of our planet.
To address this gap, the Ocean Heroes Network (OHN) teamed up with HP and six global youth editors — including one right here on Grand Bahama — to launch the OH-WAKE Magazine, a first-of-its-kind resource for kids everywhere looking for community, inspiration and tools to take action for the planet.
Uniquely positioned to deliver both technology and print solutions, HP and OHN, co-founded by Captain Planet Foundation and Lonely Whale, promotes the global youth movement to positively impact the ocean and well-being of our planet, increasing access to inclusive content rooted in storytelling, social equity and collaboration.
Heather Brockbank, age 17, is a youth leader and activist from The Bahamas eager to share her positive message with youth around the world. Brockbank is a UNICEF HEY campaign ambassador, and has been recognized as the 2021 BESS Scholar with the Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation (BREEF). She advocates for Bahamian waters by being a youth voice against oil drilling in The Bahamas and is actively pursuing a campaign to recycle single-use plastic in her community.
As contributing editor, Brockbank brings unique perspective and optimism to each issue of OH-WAKE, which includes personal stories and poems, fun games and whimsical graphics, inspiring readers to find their voice and create a healthier ocean.
The inaugural issue, “Let’s Talk About Plastic”, launched on June 8, World Oceans Day, and is available for download at oceanheroeshq.com/OH-WAKE.
OH-WAKE will also be holding a global boot camp from June 24 to 27. For more information, visit its website at https://oceanheroeshq.com.