Congratultions to Our Summer 2016 LEAD Course Graduates!

On August 15th, our Summer LEAD (Leadership Education and Action Development) Courses came to a close and we celebrated with staff, family, friends and Youth Management Alumni at the El Segundo City Council Chambers.

Our President, 16-year-old Fernando Aguilar, was the event’s Toastmaster, and short speeches were given by previous LEAD Graduates including Youth Management Team Alum and Advisory Directors Blake Parker, Julian Poyourow and Adam Gerard.

The Speech Contest included the 2-4 minutes speeches by the following LEAD students:

Paloma Arellano
Victor Ayaay
Sebastian Hanson
Alyssa Sanders
Kate Santos
Sasha Sewell
Siam Sewell
NK Soon
Alison Stosser
Kaylynn Taylor

A big thank you to City Council & City Hall for allowing us to use the facility, to the El Segundo community for your continued support and to our Executive Director Gail Church and Advisory Director and Public Speaking instructor Catherine Magruder for teaching our summer courses.

Congratulations, LEAD Graduates!

 

Another Memory Tree Adoption Ceremony in the Books!

On August 20th, we held our Annual Memory Tree Adoption. We welcomed Wpromote, Jean Chandler, and Nora Gornov as our newest Memory Tree Guardians. We also helped celebrate their loved ones and events as part of the adoption ceremony, and showed them how to care for their new tree friends to help them thrive long into the future.

The tree planting season is just around the corner so if you are interested in planting or adopting a Memory Tree in honor of your loved one or event, please reserve your slot for our first planting of the season on November 19th. Email us at Trees@TreeMusketeers.org for more info or visit our Memory Tree planting page here.

Tree Musketeers is looking for a Manager of Tree Programs!

Tree Musketeers seeks an individual with a unique combination of urban forestry experience and strong interpersonal qualities who is equally comfortable digging in the dirt, teaching classes or conducting business. Kids will be able to identify with the ideal candidate who will also be computer literate, demonstrate accountability and possess organizational skills. The Forestry Manager must be a Certified Arborist, or have three years of full-time experience in arboriculture, or possess a two-year degree in arboriculture and two years of practical experience, or a four-year degree in a related field and one year of practical experience.

Easy giving – Time to renew your Ralphs’ card!

Ralphs is committed to helping community groups grow and prosper through the Community Contributions Program. It’s the easiest way in town for you to help TREE MUSKETEERS!

September 1, 2015 is the beginning of the Community Contribution Program year, and this is the time when we all must re-register our cards. 

NEW THIS YEAR!! As of September 1, 2016 the Scan Bar letters are no longer valid. The Scan Bar letters will no longer work at the register which makes this a great time for all your participants to create an online account or re-enroll at their online account. While online, it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about all the savings we offer.

Here’s How to Register!

IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ONLINE
NOTE: We have a secured website, these procedures apply to everyone who has not entered their email address and assigned a password.

  1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
  2. Click on ‘No Account’ Register
  3. Follow the easy steps to create an online account
  4. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
  5. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to www.ralphs.com and click on ‘Sign In’, enter your email address and password.
  6. View all your information and edit as necessary
  7. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
    a. Community Rewards – Enroll
    b. Type in the NPO # for Tree Musketeers (NPO# 82396)
    c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
    d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED YOUR REWARDS CARD ON-LINE (This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)

  1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
  2. Click Sign In
  3. Enter your email address and password
  4. Click on ‘Your Name’ (In the top right hand corner)
  5. View all your information and edit as necessary
  6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
    a. Community Rewards – Re-Enroll
    b. Type in the NPO # for Tree Musketeers (NPO# 82396)
    c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your org

Don’t have access to the internet? Register by calling Ralphs at 800-443-4438.

You’re Invited! LEAD Graduation: August 15th

We are reaching the conclusion of a busy and educational summer. Our Youth Management Series ended in July and the Public Speaking Class ended just last week. Our students will receive their certificate during an official ceremony at El Segundo’s City Council Chamber on Monday, August 15th starting at 7 pm.

Catherine Magruder, who teaches the Public Speaking Class will host the gathering, which will also include a speaking contest. We hope you will attend the ceremony to encourage our young speakers and congratulate all graduates.

2016Summer_LEAD_Invitation

Tree Musketeers is looking for a Manager of Tree Programs!

Summary

Tree Musketeers is a trendsetting, youth-led nonprofit, and this is an exciting opportunity for an individual with diverse talents to play with kids and trees while growing an entrepreneurial enterprise as a member of a nonprofit management team. The position offers dynamic uses of urban forestry to implement creative visions for the fields of youth empowerment, leadership development and environmental community service.

Qualifications

Tree Musketeers seeks an individual with a unique combination of urban forestry experience and strong interpersonal qualities who is equally comfortable digging in the dirt, teaching classes or conducting business. Kids will be able to identify with the ideal candidate who will also be computer literate, demonstrate accountability and possess organizational skills. The Forestry Manager must be a Certified Arborist, or have three years of full-time experience in arboriculture, or possess a two-year degree in arboriculture and two years of practical experience, or a four-year degree in a related field and one year of practical experience.

Responsibilities

Each team member assumes personal responsibility for achievement of project goals and objectives while attending to the most solemn of Tree Musketeers staff duties – that of coach to youth who, to the maximum extent possible, manage and implement projects. The Forestry Manager is responsible for all things tree-related. Mentoring youth and adult volunteers is integral, as well as building and maintaining relationships with financial, nonprofit and government partners.

• Management – Participate in planning and implementing organizational strategies. Manage Tree Service customer interaction, estimates and billing. Communicate with tree guardians and update tree inventories. Create project timelines, track objectives, and assist with grant reports and budgeting.

• Urban Forestry – Assume responsibility for care of 1,000 public trees, perform Tree Service jobs, organize tree planting and care aspects of events, conduct four Memory Tree plantings per year, and control nursery supplies.

• Mentor – Attend Youth Management Team meetings when needed, and support youth leaders in managing tree planting and care events. Mentor at-risk youth during court or school referred community service. Teach tree planting LEAD classes and community workshops on related topics.

• Volunteers – Actively involve the public and interact with groups for service projects. Train and work alongside youth and adult volunteers for rewarding service experiences while ensuring completion of project tasks.

Compensation

A full time Tuesday – Saturday work week is 37.5 hours with a beginning salary of $39,864 for a fully qualified individual. The position includes flexibility in work schedule design; 14 days personal time off to start; health insurance stipend; paid Federal holidays; 12 paid office holidays; and working with great people on changing the world every single day.

Reports To: Executive Director

Deadline is August 18th.
Email one-page resume and cover letter as attachments to
jobs@treemusketeers.org or mail to the address below.
Tree Musketeers
305 Richmond St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
310-322-0263

Join or Renew for Ralphs Contribution!

Thank you to our loyal supporters who have registered their Ralphs club cards for TREE MUSKETEERS to receive donations each grocery shopping trip. If you’ve not yet tried this means of contributing that doesn’t require you to work up a sweat or get out your checkbook, now is the perfect time to start!
September 1, 2012 is the beginning of the Community Contribution Program year, and this is the time when we all must reregister our cards. It’s simple if you just follow these steps:
If You Have Already Registered Your Rewards Card On-Line
(This means that you have already entered your email address and have a password)

1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
2. Click Sign In
3. Enter your email address and password
4. Click on ‘My Account’ (In the top right hand corner)
5. View all your information and edit as necessary
6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on ‘edit my community contribution’ and following the instructions.

If You Have Never Registered Your Rewards Card Online
(For security, these procedures will apply to everyone new to the system)

1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
2. Click on ‘Create an Account’
3. Follow the 5 easy steps to create an online account
4. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
5. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to www.ralphs.com and click on ‘my account’ (you may have to sign in again first).
6. View all your information and edit as necessary
7. Link your card to your organization by clicking on ‘edit my community contribution’ and following the instructions.

Once our cards are registered, there is nothing more we have to do and yet, passive contributions trickle in!

The Endangered – Siberian Tiger

By Utsa Parikh, Youth Manager

Siberian / Amur Tiger by Andrew Spillane
Siberian / Amur Tiger by Andrew Spillane

The Siberian Tiger or Amur Tiger, is the largest cat in the world and averages eleven feet in length! They are known for their orange fur with black stripes which are unique to each and every Siberian Tiger, just like our DNA. Siberian Tigers are most different from the other tigers because they have manes like lions.

Youth Manager becomes Alcoa Scholar

Fernando and Gail at city council
Gail Church, Tree Musketeers Executive Director and Fernando Aguilar, Youth Manager at El Segundo City Council Meeting

In 2012, Fernando Aguilar came to El Segundo looking for an opportunity to be a leader in the South Bay Community. He came across Tree Musketeers, and after seeing that young people were in leadership positions here, implementing environmental programs, he decided he wanted to get involved. After volunteering at a few tree care events Fernando discovered our LEAD Courses (Leadership Education and Action Development) – including the Youth Manager Series, Public Speaking and Youth Planting Supervisor classes – and enrolled.

During the LEAD Courses Fernando learned people, personal and management skills. He then participated in the Public Speaking class, taught by Toastmaster International member and long time Tree Musketeers Adult Partner Catherine Magruder. He even delivered an inspiring speech on the loss of gorilla habitat in the wild and what we can do to help during the Annual LEAD Graduation Ceremony.

“Tree Musketeers’ LEAD courses gave me the confidence to speak to people about anything, whether it be politics or business. To give a speech in front of City Council is a feeling that will really stick with you.”

It turns out that Fernando has had quite the busy schedule during his time with us. He has been involved in Kiwin’s since 2008 and Boy Scouts since he was 13-years-old. Once he completed his LEAD courses, he was invited to join our Youth Management Team in Fall of 2014 and is now in charge of running the day-to-day activities of the organization along with five other Youth Managers.

“Being a Youth Manager has given me a chance to lead people, big, small and of all ages,” he adds.

Last year Fernando decided to apply to be an Alcoa Scholar at NatureBridge, a program that fosters within it’s participants a sense of place, interconnections and stewardship in nature. We were ecstatic to learn that out of thousands of applicants, Fernando was one of only a hundred accepted Scholars for the Summer 2016 Program. He spent the majority of his time in the program in Shenandoah National Park and below are a couple moments from his trip.

Group Photo - before hiking
Alcoa Scholars Summer 2016, ready for a hike!
with Lincoln
Lincoln Memorial
just beautiful
A stream in Shenandoah National Park
presentation
Fernando & classmate give water quality presentation
waterfall
A waterfall retreat!

 

LEAD Courses have commenced for the summer and we are looking forward to seeing what future graduates will accomplish. Want to attend our LEAD speech contest and graduation on August 15th? Check out our calendar for more info.

The Endangered – Chimpanzee

By Talia Gerard, Youth Manager

Going for a ride - By Drew Perry
Going for a ride – By Drew Perry

Chimpanzees, originated from Africa, are categorized as great apes. A common misconception about Chimpanzees are that they are monkeys, this is false. A big thing that differentiates them is that monkeys have tails while Chimpanzees do not. Chimpanzees are very similar to human beings, as we share 98% of DNA; therefore it is important that we keep these animals from becoming extinct.

To empower young people to be environmental leaders