The mission of KEC is to optimize health and the environment through collaborative education, research and services. KEC will increase the eco-consciousness
and social responsibility of K-12 students by providing them access to the natural world, state of the art social media, innovative educational programs
A great life is the sum total of all the worthwhile things you've been doing one by one.
- Richard Bach
Healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet.
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History of Organization
In 2010, Susan Guinn was home with her son Max (then nine years old) when he made the comment, “One person can’t make a difference.” Susan realized Max
along with many other kids often feel they don’t have the power to make a real difference in the world. The ecological destruction and environmental
concerns are often discouraging and overwhelming. Making a difference seems too big, too expansive for them to feel they can have a real and lasting
impact. As a result, Susan and Max formed KEC to empower young people. KEC believes that no matter what age, individuals can make a difference in the world.
Intentional and targeted in its focus, KEC is committed to training kids to be leaders. KEC is driven to inspire, educate and connect youth to make
decisions to support healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy sustainable planet.
KEC is a 501c(3) organization with broad vision. Imagine an educational system that enables students to engage in school environmental clubs, receive
free holistic preventive medical care, participate in nutrition, cooking and wellness classes and learn about sustainability practices and technology,
which are all designed to support healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. Envision schools that foster sustainability awareness,
are connected by secure social media, knowledge, and the desire to develop and maintain initiatives that will help to ensure our collective future.
Environmental, health and sustainability concerns are rising and the education system is in dire need of support and additional resources to help
create a future generation that is equipped with the content knowledge and the skills to lead efforts to sustain the planet and its people.
Granted, these things are hard to imagine. However, the pieces are in place and we stand together at the precipice of significant change –
of transformative action. KEC currently provides free services to thousands of K-12 students. Join the movement! Start a school club, volunteer,
take action, grow your ideas, form a collaboration, contribute!
KEC has established collaborations with the San Diego County Office of Education, the San Diego Unified School District, the Center for Marine Biodiversity
and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Birch Aquarium, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Smithsonian Ocean Portal, the Lotus
Leadership Institute, Public Conversations West, the University of San Diego (School of Leadership), the University of California at San Diego (YPP program),
Bastyr University, Natural Doctors International, Dr. Mimi Guarneri Founder of Scripps Integrative Medicine, The Hydrologic Research Center and the Lamanai Field Research Center as
well as others.
KEC recognizes the need to leverage community resources and the value of collaborating with top organizations. For example, the Center for Marine Biodiversity and
Conservation (CMBC) is a center of interdisciplinary cooperation in research, collaborating with partners and scientists from other academic institutions,
government agencies, industry leaders, and conservation organizations around the world, to seek technically sophisticated, regionally appropriate strategies
to prevent and reverse biodiversity collapse. Bastyr University is an accredited, globally respected institution of natural health arts and sciences, improving
the planet through innovative education, research and clinical service. Natural Doctors International (NDI) promotes responsible volunteerism and holistic
health services. The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization with the mission to inspire conservation of the world’s
aquatic treasures. The Smithsonian Ocean Portal supports the Smithsonian’s mission to
increase the public’s understanding and stewardship of the Ocean. The Hydrologic Research Center was established to bridge the large gap existing
between scientific research in hydrology and applications for the solution of important societal problems that involve water.