Max and Nick Reisner
Max and Nick Reisner—known to many New England Aquarium staff as “The Reisner Brothers”—have been at the Aquarium since their freshman year in high school.
Their time at the Aquarium has included volunteering, interning, and participating in both the ClimaTeens and live blue™ Ambassador Programs.
Their biggest role at the Aquarium during the academic year is being part of ClimaTeens, a group of 35 high school students who plan and complete community-based climate change projects in the Boston area. As a part of that group, they meet with their peers three times a month to further develop their natural leadership abilities and encourage civic engagement. Through their commitment to the Aquarium and ClimaTeens, Max and Nick have continued to explore and grow their passion for the ocean. Their expertise and leadership qualities are admired by their peers and teachers.
Max is able to use the skills he acquired at the Aquarium in his leadership role on his robotics team at Beaver Day Country School, where he and his brother attend high school. Max says, “As the team captain for my robotics team, it can be tough to manage a bunch of people, especially if they (and me) don’t necessarily know what we’re doing. I do use a lot of the people skills I’ve learned at the Aquarium such as utilizing activities, personalizing concepts, and being supportive, which definitely helps keep things under control and productive.”
Nick has used his experiences as a ClimaTeen and live blue™ Ambassador to understand the issues going on around him, and to help give him a stronger voice. He says, “Through ClimaTeens, I’ve really gained a grasp on issues confronting the world today, and understanding these issues has inspired me to form my own opinions on these topics and has helped me empower myself through awareness. ClimaTeens has inspired me to be a leader in my community.”
Max and Nick are invaluable members of ClimaTeens and the institution as a whole. They continue to step up when they are needed and are constantly becoming better leaders. They are great role models for the other teenagers and younger ocean stewards.