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Plastic Tides

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Ithaca, NY   |  https://www.plastictides.org

Mission

To Inspire and catalyze action towards a plastic-free future by combining adventure, education, and youth empowerment.

Ruling year info

2018

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Christian Shaw

Main address

206A Dryden Rd #11

Ithaca, NY 14850-4724 USA

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EIN

82-0740463

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SUP'r Kids Bermuda

A free paddling program providing opportunities to Bermuda's youth. We educate our kids regarding environmental issues through the lens of paddling and ocean recreation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

The Junior Ambassador program teaches youth how to use your recreational passions (watersports, etc.) to affect change of local issues that may directly affect those playgrounds. Juniors are shown how to paddleboard, how to collect scientific water samples, how to write their local government, and how to plan outdoor expeditions that draw attention to an issue. Junior Ambassadors can then continue to work with Plastic Tides throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

GYM provides motivated Youth Leaders the tools, agency, and support to pursue independent projects that create lasting impact in their school or community.
The Program is designed to create lasting impact in schools, communities, and beyond by connecting self-motivated Youth Leaders with Mentors that will support them through the completion of ambitious personal projects.

The specific goals of the project include ensuring the
following:
- The Youth Leaders efforts are pointed in the right direction;
- Each project is seen through to completion;
- Visibility and reach is maximized;
- The project is set up to last;
- Each student-mentor pairing is a good match;
- Both the Mentor and the Youth Leader experience
fulfillment through their relationship and collective
accomplishment.

GYM empowers youth to be leaders of change. With the
right tools and support individual Youth Leaders can have a long-lasting and widespread effect on their local
communities. Our program includes Youth Leaders all over the world and each individual project has the potential to affect generations to come. Imagine if every middle school in the country switched from plastic utensils to metal. This ambitious vision for our future is made possible by GYM with the right Youth Leaders and guidance.

There's not a single solution to solve the issue of plastic
pollution, it takes a diversified approach working from
multiple angles. A combination of grassroots drivers like
consumer choice, and forward-thinking from leading
brands is what's necessary to combat this prolific societal
problem. Youth have a unique voice and a remarkable
power to drive change, but they need support and agency
to succeed. GYM provides youth that support while still
giving them the freedom to tackle the issue in their own
way and with their own ideas.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

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Plastic Tides

Board of directors
as of 07/15/2022
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Board chair

Gordon Middleton

Dennis Shaw

Cornell University

Margaret Shackell-Dowell

Cornell University

Kayla Markwardt

Plastic Tides Junior

Sue Kemp

Carter Anderson

Plastic Tides Junior

Gordon Middleton

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No