Dean - KidsRights
Action developer

“Change the world, start with yourself and never give up!”

Dean (28)
The Netherlands
Theme: Environment

Kids CleanSUP

Dean works at a construction machine rental and runs his own company: WhaSUP NL. During the summer he teaches SUP (Stand Up Paddling) and accompanies SUP-tours through Schiedam and the surrounding area. He also likes crossfit, bootcamps, snowboarding, and biking.

Last summer, he and other youths cleaned up the waters of Schiedam on their SUPs. He would like for everyone to take better care of the environment, live healthy and get plenty of exercise. His dream is to do his SUP business full-time and he is working hard to grow WhaSUP NL.

What’s the problem?  

Dean’s company WhaSUP NL gives SUP (Stand Up Paddling) tours through Schiedam and the surrounding area. During these tours, he sees a lot of trash in the water. He wants to fight this pollution and has decided to take action!

What’s Dean’s solution?
Dean wants to teach children how to keep their environment clean and why it is important to do so. He also wants to help them lead a healthy life, with proper nutrition and plenty of exercise.

This is why he has started Kids CleanSUP, a project where he takes groups of kids (age 8-16) to clean up the waters of Schiedam and surroundings while SUPing. The children are taught the basics of SUPing and receive a course book about keeping the environment clean, proper nutrition and exercise.

The children get a free trial lesson, Dean hopes that they will like it and come back.

What’s the goal?
The goal is to keep the water clean. He also wants to give the kids a fun and active day and teach them about food, exercise, and trash.

How does Dean work?
First Dean will make a flyer to inform people about Kids CleanSUP. He will also develop the lessons. The information should be fun and interesting to the children. He will organize the trial lessons himself and keep contact with the children afterwards so that they will sign up for more lessons.

Who does Dean need?  

  • Partners to sponsor SUPs and teaching materials
  • Children to participate in the lessons
  • KidsRights to help him execute Kids CleanSUP

What does Dean need?  

  • Flyers
  • Food and drinks
  • Enough SUPs