Digital Networking Platforms
Students on Ice Website
Studentsonice.com houses an abundance of resources for alumni to make use of. Under Success Stories, one can read the featured Alumni Stories and Project Successes. The Stories highlight the personal and professional journeys of former SOI participants, how they’ve made a difference in their communities, and how they were impacted by the expedition experience. It is not difficult to be inspired by the summaries of alumni-led Projects as well, which serve as examples of what alumni can accomplish with the support of the SOI Foundation.
Furthermore, under News & Media, alumni can stay up-to-date with current Students on Ice expeditions, as well as alumni-related news and announcements. The website is also where any opportunities to work with SOI would be posted, so check back often!
MySOI, to be launched soon, is the connectivity hub for alumni. It provides alumni with the opportunity to create and maintain their profile, to search and view other profiles, and to connect directly with alumni they share an interest with. This Portal is also a resource for alumni to access a database of special events, discover opportunities for networking, further growth and funding, as well as join the SOI Mentorship Program.
SOI’s crowdfunding platform, Polar Catalyst, was created by the SOI Foundation to support initiatives that benefit the Polar Regions. Alumni who are planning projects that will make a positive change in their community can use Polar Catalyst to fundraise and make their idea a reality. The SOI Foundation supports alumni with the development and promotion of their projects. Click on the logo below to view current alumni projects that you can support.
Post-expedition, SOI participants can join the Students on Ice Alumni Group. This group has been created for alumni to meet, stay connected, and share news and opportunities. In addition to posts by alumni, the Alumni Program team releases new content on a regular basis. Mondays are dedicated to celebrating alumni achievement by promoting blog posts and Alumni Stories. Tuesdays feature an exciting opportunity. On Wednesdays we share links to inspiring videos or articles, and share memes made with photos from the SOI archives.
The SOI Alumni LinkedIn group is a supportive community of alumni that would like to connect in a more formal manner. This group allows alumni to read about others’ education and career experience, endorse one another’s skills, share interesting links and opportunities for professional development, and further strengthen their network of polar ambassadors.
Further Engagement Guides
Youth Engagement Guide
During a two-week journey with Students on Ice, participants are inspired and motivated to become ambassadors for the polar regions. This Youth Engagement Guide, written entirely by SOI alumni, aims to empower new alumni by providing tools and strategies to build on the momentum gained while onboard the ship. This document outlines the three general stages of post-expedition life: reflection, connection, and engagement, allowing alumni to get the most out of their expedition experience.
Download the Youth Engagement Guide here.
Alumni Program Components
Polar Ambassadors act as spokespeople for Students on Ice and the polar regions. They share their stories and lessons from expedition with schools, community groups, and at local events. The Polar Ambassador program supports alumni in developing their presentation and representation skills, and then connecting them with opportunities to apply those new abilities!
Connect with Conor, SOIF’s Alumni Program Manager at email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a Polar Ambassador!
The SOI alumni community is rich in knowledge, skills and experience related to the polar regions, and a range of other fields including science, culture, and leadership. Forming mentor-mentee relationships is a powerful way to tap into this invaluable resource. The 6 month Mentorship Term serves as a powerful learning experience for both members of the partnership. The SOI Mentorship Program matches alumni mentors and mentees and facilitates their journey in personal, professional, or project development.
Please contact Conor if you want to know more about SOIF’s Mentorship Program!
Students on Ice regularly hires Interns to assist with the areas of Expedition Logistics, Communications, and the Alumni Program. SOI values the experiential knowledge brought to the table by alumni, as they’ve lived through the pre-expedition build up, the journey itself, and transition period after returning home.
Alumni Chapters connect alumni in the same hometown or area of residence. These groups are managed by a Regional Coordinator, who leads meetings where ideas and perspectives are exchanged, events are planned, and fun is had!
Connect with Conor if you are interested in joining your local Alumni Chapter or if you would like to become the Chapter Coordinator for your area!
The Alumni Council is chaired by SOI’s Alumni Manager, and consists of dedicated members who serve two-year terms during which time they attend virtual meetings on a quarterly basis. Council Members help generate content for the Alumni Program platforms, as well as assist in the execution of program components. They also provide feedback and ideas regarding the evolution and expansion of the Alumni Program.
The Council also includes Members-at-Large, who can participate in Council discussions but have no formal obligations.
Connect with Conor if you are interested in joining the Alumni Council.
This “for alumni, by alumni” initiative gives former SOI participants a platform to develop their skills in digital storytelling, by producing a series of educational videos, polar podcasts, and online lectures.
Connect with Conor if you are interested in joining the Alumni Media program!