It’s LEAD Time Again El Segundo!

Not only is LEAD a great addition to any college portfolio and future resume but it is a great opportunity to get to know other youth who are highly involved in their community. Thinking about registering? Read about the positive impacts these amazing courses have had on some of our past graduates in our Q & A.

 

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Adam Gerard now attends Yale University.

Tree Musketeers: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you originally became involved with Tree Musketeers?

Adam Gerard: I originally became involved with Tree Musketeers after a field trip with my temple youth group to a simple tree care event. I enjoyed the event so much and was so fascinated with the idea of youth leadership that I called the offices that night to inquire how I could get more involved. Despite being slightly too young for the position (9 years old, off by a year). I was persistent and in the end, enrolled in the LEAD classes for 2004. Four years later I was elected as the President of the organization, and after another 5 years I had begun my time at Yale University in no small part due to my involvement in Tree Musketeers.

TM: What impact did being a Youth Manager and taking part in LEADership courses have on your life?

AG: Being a Youth Manager was hugely impactful on my life. It opened the door to an incredible amount of leadership opportunities not only at Tree Musketeers but around the entire community and South Bay. Eventually, it led to me traveling internationally to take part in leadership opportunities in other countries. However, at an even more basic level, The LEAD courses gave me the opportunity to learn important skills that have proven incredibly valuable for every job I have held and every interview I have had. The LEAD courses prove that in today’s world it is never too early to begin learning important professional and leadership skills in addition to public speaking. These new skills gave me an advantage in school, an advantage in the marketplace, and an advantage in the college admission process as well.

TM: You were not only a Youth Manager but you sat on the Board of Directors for Tree Musketeers.  Tell us what it was like to make decisions on behalf of the organization alongside accomplished business people, veterans and activists?

AG: It was certainly a humbling experience, but also an empowering one. To me, it demonstrated that no matter what age one was, they are able to bring ideas and contributions to the table regardless of the complexity of the topic at hand. My problem solving skills were doubtlessly refined and I had the reinforcement and support of many of these accomplished individuals behind me the entire time as well. The connections and friendships I made on the board were incredibly valuable to me as well, and still are.

TM: Now as a student at Yale, how did taking part in this organization and LEAD courses shape your interests and approach to college and adult life?

AG: My experiences at Tree Musketeers have been, and remain, a guiding force in many of the ways I think and act. In fact, even among some of the most impressive students in the country, what I have learned from the LEAD courses- from everyday actions to business management is still a huge advantage for me that continues to open doors. I also feel as though I am more open-minded now, having learned from my colleagues at Tree musketeers who were always so willing to listen to and share my ideas regardless of my age or lack of experience.


TM: Tell us a bit about yourself and how you originally became involved with Tree Musketeers?

Blake Parker is a Freshman at University of Alabama
Blake Parker is a Freshman at University of Alabama

Blake Parker: I am from El Segundo, California, the hometown of Tree Musketeers. I am now a student at the University of Alabama, and although I am now across the country, I still do all I can to help Tree Musketeers. I originally got involved when my mom saw an ad for the Tree Musketeers LEAD classes. Although I was against going at first, I am extremely happy that I was able to take part in the courses and continue to be a part of the organization after they were over.

TM: What impact did being a Youth Manager and taking part in LEADership courses have on your life?

BP: Taking the LEADership courses allowed me to learn the skills needed to be a Youth Manager. There are very few other opportunities that allow youth to run an entire nonprofit organization, and the skills I have learned from this experience have been valuable to me. As I enter the working world, I already have knowledge and experience that puts me above other candidates competing for the same jobs.

TM: You were not only a Youth Manager but you sat on the Board of Directors for Tree Musketeers.  Tell us what it was like to make decisions on behalf of the organization alongside accomplished business people, veterans and activists

BP: Being on the Board of Directors was a once in a lifetime experience. I had a lot of responsibility, and every decision that I was a part of was crucial to the well being of the entire organization. I was able to create relationships with important people who I still remain in contact with.

TM: Now as a college Freshman, how did taking part in this organization and LEAD courses shape your interests and approach to college and adult life?

BP: Before being a part of Tree Musketeers, I never really knew what was wrong with the environment. I had heard about it, but I never really paid any attention. Tree Musketeers has really opened my eyes to the problems we face today. Because of Tree Musketeers, I will continue to work every day to make a difference in our environment.