Category Archives: Programs

You’re invited! LEAD Graduation: August 11th

We are reaching the end of a busy educational summer. Our Youth Manager Series just came to an end and the Public Speaking Class runs until the end of next week. Our students will receive their certificate during an official ceremony at El Segundo’s City Council Chamber on Monday 11th starting at 7 pm.

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

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Water Campaign – Conserve in the Kitchen

For many areas in California, 2013 closed as the driest year on record. The state of California has been in a state of emergency concerning water usage since January of 2014. the governor has called on all Californians to reduce their water usage by 20%.

These facts are terrifying, but not immobilizing. Tree Musketeers is launching a campaign to decrease water usage in daily life. Find out about the general campaign on the campaign page. We are approaching water conservation in a series of topics. For the first topic, we are focusing on conservation in the kitchen. Below are some tips you can use to decrease the water you use while in the kitchen:

  • Turn the faucet off when it is not absolutely necessary.
  • Wash produce in a washbowl instead of under running water.
  • Use the washbowl water after finished to water houseplants.
  • Cooking water can also be used to water plants if you let it cool first.
  • Very hot cooking water can be used to kill weeds.
  • For pans and burnt on food, soak the pan in water and scrub later.
  • Install a low flow faucet on your sink.
  • Don’t use water to defrost frozen foods, leave them in the fridge overnight.
  • Use an eco friendly dishwasher and only run it when its full.
  • Compost your food waste rather than pushing it down the sink.
  • Install an outdoor sink and route drain to garden. Use when washing things such as vegetables and other non-meat items.
  • Use a minimum of cooking water when making noodles or potatoes.

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We need your help now to grow trees and young leaders!

For the whole month of September, we are participating in a fundraising challenge and need YOU to give the biggest donation you can afford (any amount helps, really) to reach a $5,000 goal.

The money will go to our “Growing trees and young leaders” project: it will provide training in life and professional skills for 50 young people; increase youth engagement to 200 to plant and care for our pollution barrier in South Bay Los Angeles; and provide enriching community service opportunities for 30 at-risk youth. LEADership courses include Personal, People and Management skills, Public Speaking and Tree Planting Supervisor Training.

We only have until September 30th to reach the $5,000 threshold and be able to continue raising support for this important project. Please make a contribution today and share the word with your friends and family!

Successful graduation leads to… a new LEAD session!

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.

You can download our LEAD Brochure, learn more and sign up for the class on our LEAD page.

You’re invited! LEAD Graduation: August 19th

We are reaching the end of a busy educational summer. Our Youth Manager Series came to an end in July and we’re wrapping up the Public Speaking Class this week. Our students will receive their certificate during an official ceremony at El Segundo’s City Council Chamber on Monday 19th starting at 7 pm.

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

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Sign Up for Summer LEAD Courses

South Bay youth age 10-16 who want to become environmental leaders are invited to sign up for LEADership courses this summer. LEAD offers the opportunity for young people to acquire marketable skills that will serve them well as environmental leaders, as students, and in life.

The summer Youth Manager Certification series runs from 11:00am – 12:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday beginning July 1. Youth can choose to participate in one course or all three to earn a Certified Youth Manager certificate.

July 1-3 Personal Skills – teaches the art of personal presentation that is essential to effective leadership. Youth in the Personal Skills course will learn about body language, dressing for success, table manners and more!
July 8-10 People Skills – participants learn how to comfortably meet new people, telephone manners, email etiquette, group dynamics, team building, avoiding and getting out of conflict, and leadership.
July 15-17 Organizational Management – those in the classes will explore the basics of organizational development, project management and study the Tree Musketeers model of a place where kids are boss. Each course consists of three classes.

The eight-week Public Speaking course meets at 2:30-4:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday August 5-16.  Kids who complete this course earn a Toastmasters certificate and the chance to participate in a speech contest at the graduation August 19 at 7:00pm!

Interested in taking one or all of the courses?  There’s still room!  Click HERE for the enrollment form and find more details on the LEAD page or call (310)322-0263.