Growing young leaders and trees

 
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Celeste and Maddie give a tree a new home!
Celeste and Maddie give a tree a new home!

On March 7th, 2015 El Segundo held its 28th Annual Arbor Day Celebration. With the Tree Musketeers Youth Management team at the helm the event was planned and executed with both excitement and ease. Over 330 volunteers, tall and small, came to lend a hand; some with their families and colleagues, while others came alone and left with friends. But most importantly we planted and cared for trees.

Over 60 Ponderosa and Afghan Pines were planted along the Imperial corridor here in El Segundo. Ten tree planting teams and eight tree care teams were each led by trained Youth Planting Supervisors. Some of these teams consisted of volunteers from our corporate sponsors and others with all youth volunteers but we we made sure to remind everyone that at Tree Musketeers KIDS ARE BOSS! Everyone was happy to be under the direction of our youth leaders and the event went smoothly.

What’s next for Growing Young Leaders and Trees here at our El Segundo headquarters? We have our Summer Youth Management Series coming up. The three part series includes People Skills, Personal Skills and Management Skills. We also have our Public Speaking course for both the gregarious teenager and the young introvert. If you know of anyone between the ages of 10 and 18 who would benefit from leadership training, an expanded social circle, community service and positive role models send them our way! We would love to get them involved.

Want to see the awesome work our volunteers were able to accomplish during our Arbor Day Celebration? Check out the event photo gallery!

Youth Manager Alum Julian helps team plant a tree
Youth Manager Alum Julian helps team plant a tree
YMTs Fernando & Samantha with Assemblymember Burke
YMTs Fernando & Samantha with Assemblymember Burke
All of the newly planted trees...
All of the newly planted trees...

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President Samantha Cano gives speech to volunteers
President Samantha Cano gives speech to volunteers

We are so excited for another year of youth leadership and tree planting!

This past October during Make a Difference Day our volunteer teams were lead by Youth Managers & Planting Supervisors, all of whom have graduated from at least one of our LEAD (Leadership, Education & Action Development) courses. These classes not only make participants more likely to get into the college of their choice and possibly be eligible for scholarships but it prepares them for their future careers as well.

Read about the positive impacts these amazing courses have had on some of our recent graduates in this informative Q & A.

We are looking forward to training the next generation of Youth Leaders here at Tree Musketeers so if you know of any youth that would be interested in learning tree planting, public speaking, management or social skills take a look at the extended descriptions here.

We appreciate your continued support and our youth thank you!

Sam briefs Planting Supervisors and Adult Partners
Sam briefs Planting Supervisors and Adult Partners

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Holden Orias delivers his winning speech!
Holden Orias delivers his winning speech!

Our Summer LEADership courses this year were a success. At the Summer LEAD Graduation on August 11th students from our public speaking course took the stage for a speech competition at El Segundo City Hall. They delivered powerful speeches about global warming to a room full of community members, friends and family.

What’s next for young leaders and trees at Tree Musketeers? Make a Difference Day is coming up and we are looking forward to stepping up our game from last year! This annual event, planned by our young leaders, will be taking place on October 25th. It will feature a Clean Up Competition where groups of volunteers go head-to-head to see which team can bag up the most litter and invasive plants in just one hour. Remember, litter removal and controling invasive plants are essential to maintaining the health of our native trees. We will also have a speech given by one of our youth managers!

Lend us a hand by making a monetary donation or donate your time at an upcoming volunteer event! You can check out our calendar for future volunteer opportunities with the Tree Musketeers.

Thank you so much for your support!

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Young leaders during our Big Sunday event
Young leaders during our Big Sunday event

Dear Friends,

We are less than two weeks away from our first LEAD class of the summer and we’re very excited about the future environmental leaders who will enter our LEADership center that Monday. While we have a couple returning students, who want to complete their education from last year, we’re super happy to see that more and more young people are interested in learning how to manage and lead environmental projects, plant and care for trees or speak in public. Our youngest student isn’t even 10 yet!

In the past couple months, our trees have suffered from a heat wave and very strong winds, but 75 of our volunteers gathered last month for "Big Sunday" to fix them and they are now back on their roots, looking beautiful. Once again that day of tree care was entirely planned and managed by our Youth Managers, and youth planting supervisors and community service volunteers were instrumental in making it a success.

We are so grateful for the wonderful support we get from the GlobalGiving community. Today is actually a very special day on GlobalGiving as starting at 9am PST we are eligible for matching grants from Microsoft Youth Spark program: for each donation you make in the next few hours, we will receive double the amount. Please consider giving on our Project page now to sustain our efforts to empower young people to be environmental leaders.

Thank you for everything you do for our young leaders and trees!

Volunteers straightening a tree
Volunteers straightening a tree

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Youth Planting Supervisor talking about a tree
Youth Planting Supervisor talking about a tree

We're closing on a busy spring: our Arbor Day gathered more than 300 people who planted 32 trees and cared for more than 70 existing ones. It was a glorious sunny day during which families, coworkers, students, officials, scout troops and neighbors gave back to their community.

Young people were so enthusiast about taking on a leadership role that day, that we ended up adding a day of training for Youth Planting Supervisors shortly before the event so more of them could not only volunteer but act as tree experts during the event. They did a great job showing volunteers how to correctly plant a tree or care for older ones.

"Arbor Day is a chance for volunteers to get together in an effort to help the environment by planting and caring for trees in a team atmosphere," explained Julian, one of our Youth Managers to community cable.

This probably was our most successful Arbor Day ever and key to our success was how well our Youth Managers planned and collaborated with community leaders to design and manage the event. From learning from past events, to thinking out of the box about improving the way volunteers would be dispatched, or efficiently guiding a dedicated group of Youth Planting Supervisors and Adult Partners, Tree Musketeers' Youth Managers went above and beyond.

Now that Arbor Day is behind us, we're focusing on training a new generation of young environmental leaders: our LEAD classes will resume at the beginning of July: youth from the area will learn everything there is to know about representing an organization, managing projects and delivering great speeches. If you are in the South Bay, join us!

Thank you so much for contributing to our success, your support means a lot to us and we want you to know how much we're able to achieve thanks to you! Don't hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more or get involved, we love to hear from friends!

Youth Managers & Adult Partner prepping their team
Youth Managers & Adult Partner prepping their team
Volunteers of all ages contributed to Arbor Day
Volunteers of all ages contributed to Arbor Day
Volunteers digging a hole for a new tree
Volunteers digging a hole for a new tree

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Tree Musketeers

El Segundo, CA, United States
http://www.treemusketeers.org

Project Leader

Marjorie Alexander

El Segundo, CA United States

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