It has been an amazing summer! Our 2014/2015 president Samantha Cano has left Tree Musketeers in the very capable hands of our new president Talia Gerard.
You may be familiar with the last name as her brother Adam Gerard was president during 2013/2014 and went to South Korea to speak at a youth empowerment conference in 2012. Talia has been on the YMT for eight years, has given spoken and given presentations at many events hosted by Tree Musketeers and other groups and currently has a medical internship at the University of Southern California.
As for the our incoming youth leaders, we had a huge class for our LEAD courses in July & August! In LEAD students learn personal, people & management skills that help prepare them for the real world. Students mostly enjoyed the eating for success course, learning all about proper table ettiquette while still have a tasty meal. They also learned about budgeting, how to behave while meeting new people and tips & tricks for business interviews and speaking engagements! We can't wait for them to go out into the real world and have successes with all they learned.
During our speech contest, LEAD's culminating event, we had some outstanding orators. Komal Joshi won first place and Youth Manager Fernando Aguilar recieved second place. From that course we recieved three new recruits, Lucas Glastetter and Ashley & David Lawson, for the Youth Management Team and have spent the last month getting to know them. We feel they hold great promise for all the work they will accomplish in the years to come.
What are our YMT up to next? We are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Make a Difference Day Celebration. We will be performing litter and invasive species removal at our Trees to the Sea. Over a hundred volunteers are expected including teams from Chevron, Rotary, Key Club and Xceed Financial Credit Union.
The entire community is invited to come out and take part on our teams, lead by our Youth Leaders and Adult Partners, on Saturday, Octobrer 24th.
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!
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!
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!
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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