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.
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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!
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!
We have kept busy in the past couple months: we held two training for Youth Planting Supervisors, that empower young people to lead tree planting events in the future. They learn urban forestry skills, how to supervise volunteers and manage such events.
One of our newly certified Supervisors is Meera who lives in El Segundo, CA our hometown. Leaving the training she said "The Tree Planting Supervisor class was truly worth my while. I learned so much about trees; little nuances that made planting them all the more beautiful! I now can plant and care for trees efficiently and effectively, skills that are essential for caring for the environment."
Meera actually ended up taking a step further by joining Tree Musketeers' Youth Management Team in December. She has already supervised a few tree care events and is enjoying her new role as a youth leader.
We hope you are as proud as we are of the young leaders like Meera who choose to take on an essential role in their community and join our the efforts to stop global warming. We couldn't do it without you and on behalf of Meera, Jasmine and the many other young environmental leaders at Tree Musketeers we want to say THANK YOU!
P.S. We are right in the middle of planning our biggest annual event: Arbor Day. If you are in the Los Angeles South Bay area, we would love to have you join us and hundreds of volunteers on March 8th. Check out the link below to learn more and register. The event is free and open to people of all ages.
On this season of giving thanks, we couldn't be more grateful for our donors. In the past couple months, we have been working hard to have more young people involved and trained, and to care for more trees.
Thanks to your generosity we were able to add a fall session of our LEAD Courses. Eight young people were trained on environmental leadership and walked away with skills for life. The classes focused on personal, people, and management skills, along with a day-long Youth Planting Supervision class.
The young people will have opportunities in the coming months to use their newly acquired skills with Tree Musketeers during our many volunteer events, but also as some of them might be soon joining our Youth Management Team (YMT), which is in charge of overseeing the daily operations of Tree Musketeers: a great way for the new graduates to be environmental leaders!
On the tree side of our project, we had a fabulous time taking care of hundreds of trees during a special event organized on Make a Difference Day. Close to 200 volunteers, supervized by our Youth Planting Supervisors, spent a morning picking up weeds and trash (1.2 tons were removed from the median!!), leaving a fertile environment for our Trees to the Sea on Imperial Highway. We hope you enjoy the pictures!
We hope you continue to be inspired to support our Growing Young Leaders & Trees project. Thank you again!
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