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.
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.
Our Summer LEAD Classes were a success and we are back by popular demand! Our Fall session will start September 19th and classes will be every Thursday 4-5:30 pm. In addition we will have three Planting Supervisor 1-day classes.
LEAD (Leadership Education and Action Development) is a formal volunteer opportunity that provides kids with the opportunity to learn skills that will help them succeed as leaders, both in school and later in life. You can visit our LEAD page to register online or learn more about LEAD.
Schedule will be as follows:
Personal Skills: September 19th, September 26th & October 3rd.
People Skills: October 10th, 17th & 24th.
Management Skills: November 7th, 14th & 21st.
Planting Supervisor (one class only on Saturdays 10am-3pm): November 16th, January 18th or February 15th.
Our summer students have graduated with great success and we are now planning a fall LEAD Youth Manager Class series!
LEAD (Leadership Education and Action Development) is a formal volunteer opportunity that provides kids with the opportunity to learn skills that will help them succeed as leaders, both in school and later in life. In the end, the young people will have acquired educational enrichment, self-confidence, team spirit, and the means to make a significant contribution to quality of life and the community.
We will also have two Youth Planting Supervisor training sessions on November 16th at 10 am and January 18th at 10 am.
Participation in the LEADership program is open to all area youth in 5th – 12th grades. The cost of the program is discounted for Partners for the Planet members.