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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The civil unrest in the Republic of Congo has taken its toll on the Eastern Lowland Gorilla. The Eastern Lowland Gorilla rests in the lowland rain forests in eastern Congo. As a result, its home has decreased from 8,100 square miles (about the size of the state of Massachusetts) to about 4,600 square miles in the past fifty years.
Last Summer our LEAD Classes were filled to capacity so we are bringing them back by popular demand!
LEAD (Leadership Education and Action Development) is a formal learning environment that provides youth ages 10 to 17 with the opportunity to learn skills that will help them succeed as leaders, both in school and in life. Our courses include Personal Skills, People Skills, Management Skills, Public Speaking and Planting Supervisor Training. Check our dates below and then visit our LEAD page to register online.
Not yet convinced? Check out this Q & A with two of our LEAD alum and long-time Tree Musketeers Youth Managers about how LEAD courses and involvement with the organization can lead to acceptance at Yale!
2016 Summer LEAD
The Youth Manager Series are held Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:30pm on the following dates:
Personal Skills: July 11, 13 & 14
People Skills: July 18, 20 & 21
Management Skills: July 25, 27 & 28
The Public Speaking Series will be held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from August 1st – 12th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Sea Lions are, as their name suggests, ocean animals. They are heavy animals most known for their external ear flaps and ability to walk on all fours. There are many different types of Sea Lions living in different climates, from subarctic to tropical. Not all sea lions are considered endangered, though. The IUCN Red List shows the Australian, New Zealand, and Galápagos Sea Lions as endangered animals.