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YMT Fernando discusses water conservation tips
YMT Fernando discusses water conservation tips

Summer is always an exciting time for us here at Tree Musketeers. We are busy gearing up for our LEAD Courses starting in early July. We are also making plans for future Youth Planting Supervisor training and events for the upcoming planting season.

In our long history of over 28 years we have always upheld the belief that anyone, no matter how small, can change the world. That means digging in, taking action and getting our hands dirty!

So what have our young leaders been up to?

Our youth leaders facilitated tree planting during the VOICE Earth Day Celebration in April, hosted a Big Sunday event and educated local residents on household water conservation at the South Bay Water Wise Garden Tour in May, and helped clear the beach during the Beauty and the Beach Cleanup in early June. There is no question that our youth are making a tremendous impact in our community!

Samantha Cano, Tree Musketeers Youth Director and President, is one very active youth leader that will be moving on to make an even bigger impact in the years to come. Upon graduating from high school this week she received several scholarships, including one from Tree Musketeers, and attributes some of her success to our LEAD courses and ongoing programs.

Through LEAD (Leadership, Education and Action Development) we teach Personal Skills, People Skills and Management Skills, all of which help students excel in social and academic environments, and prepare for college, the job market and impactful roles in the community.

Our LEAD Course topics include how to introduce one’s self with confidence, interact with others conversationally, behave properly at the dinner table, dress for success, and we even have an entire Toastmaster’s course on public speaking!

But learning isn’t all our students do. There is a fun and social aspect to the classes as well. Many of our students walk away having begun life-long friendships with other course participants. We are excited to welcome our newly enrolled youth into the Tree Musketeers family!

Want to see what else our young leaders are up to these days? Check out our new series, The Endangered where our Youth Managers highlight one endangered species each month. And don't forget to check out our upcoming volunteer events!

Thank you for your continued support, growing young leaders and trees. See you next time!

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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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Tree Musketeers

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

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Marjorie Alexander

El Segundo, CA United States

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