SYF, in partnership with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, provides underprivileged youth the chance to participate in interactive and innovative learning experiences that only SeaWorld can provide.
The youth travel to one of the SeaWorld parks and participate in a three-day resident camp program where they work hand in hand with the park's animal caregivers. They learn firsthand how to take care of animals and experience up close animal interactions. In addition, students learn about conservation programs and how their behavior and actions can impact wild places.
In March 2017, the SYTA Youth Foundation provided 26 students from the Boys & Girls Club of Central New Mexico a three day educational program in San Diego, CA.
Life Skills Program Students from Edison Hight School Visits Busch Gardens Orlando & FL National Parks in 2016
In April 2016, 25 students from Edison High School in Minneapolis, MN participated in a 4 day program in FL which they will never forget. The trip included an experience with the Busch Gardens Connections Program in Tampa Bay, Florida, leadership and team building lessons, followed by an excursion to the Everglades National Park that was added as part of the National Parks Centennial celebration.
Hurley Junior High Visits SeaWorld Orlando in 2015
Twenty-five deserving students and five chaperones from Hurley, Missouri, visited Orlando, Florida, to participate in SeaWorld Orlando's three-day resident camp program. The students worked hand-in-hand with the park's animal caregivers and benefited from leadership training with Norm Hull through the Student & Youth Travel Foundation (SYF) Next Generation Program.
Thomas Jefferson High School Texas Band Visits SeaWorld San Antonio in 2014
In March 2014, 40 deserving band students participated in SeaWorld San Antonio’s two night, three day educational program.
"You have had an impact on my band students and on me that is so great, it can never be measured. Our task now is to spread the word about your generosity and help promote this very noble and worthy cause, and continue through our lives with new hope, new motivation and experience to catapult us to greater heights into the future.”
– Roger Duran, Thomas Jefferson High School Band Director
Watts, Los Angeles Students Visit SeaWorld San Diego in 2013
In March 2013, the SYTA Youth Foundation partnered with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools (PLAS) and took 30 students from Markham and Gompers Middle School located in Watts, LA to SeaWorld San Diego.