Student Stories

Youth Corps student Nadia celebrates World Water Day

March 22, 2017 was World Water Day, and Grades of Green Youth Corps 3rd grader Nadia W. celebrated by educating …

Youth Corps Student Sam H Shares his Story

My name is Sam, and I have been a part of the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program since …

Grades of Green Presents to National Charity League

Volunteers are an integral part of Grades of Green. One volunteer group in particular, the Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter of the National …

Youth Corps Students Tackle Trash

American science educator Bill Nye once said in his book Undeniable, “To leave the world better than you found it, …

Youth Corps student Aisha leads green cleaning lesson with Earth Friendly Products

Did you know that green cleaning supplies are healthier for humans, animals, and the environment? Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program student, …

Macy Intermediate becomes Grades of Green Certified

Congratulations to Macy Intermediate School in Monterey Park, California, who just became Grades of Green Certified! Thanks to the leadership …

Earth Hour By Youth Corps Student, Braeden

Hi, I’m Braeden and I am the co-chair of the middle school Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program. If …

Youth Corps Students Dive into their Spring Meet-Up

The 2016 – 2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leaders had a great time visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific  for their Spring …

Grades of Green students present at Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Board Meeting

Grades of Green team student leaders from Macy Intermediate gave a special presentation at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County …

Youth Corps students Umar and Ismail bring No Idle Zones to Woodbury Elementary

Grades of Green Youth Corps students and brother tag-team Ismail B. and Umar B. kicked off No Idle Zones at Woodbury Elementary …

Youth Corps student Sydney introduces composting at her school

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Sydney W. launched campus composting at Lunada Bay Elementary school to help her school …

Youth Corps Students Lead Grades of Green at Franklin Elementary

After a whopping six years of implementing Grades of Green Activities, Franklin Elementary School in Santa Monica is continuing their …

Youth Corps Winter Meet-Up: A Rainy Day Well Spent

The 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program is in full swing and despite a weekend of record rainfall, our awesome student …

Grades of Green Helps to Restore Native Habitat near LAX!

Have you ever wondered what an area of land would look like if people didn’t develop it? Grades of Green …

Grades of Green is Fallin’ Into the Holiday Spirit

Grades of Green has been falling into the holiday spirit with some outreach events this season. Grades of Green students and …

Youth Corps Autumn Meet-Up at Environmental Charter High School

The 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program is well underway, and the 64 student leaders assembled for their first Meet-Up of …

No Idle Zone Communications Toolkit

Grades of Green is excited to share our No Idle Zone Communications Toolkit with you to help spread the word …

Youth Corps Students Teach Leadership Manhattan Beach

On October 10th, two Grades of Green Youth Corps students, Lauren S. and Annemarie D., taught Leadership Manhattan Beach a …

Grades of Green students present about No Idle Zones at the Green California Schools Summit

Grades of Green Youth Corps students are spreading the word about ACR 160, and were able to give a presentation …

Tune Into KIIS FM Sunday AM To Hear The Latest Grades of Green Happenings

Tune into KIIS FM (and the affiliated stations below) this Sunday, October 30th to hear the latest Grades of Green happenings! …

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WINTER OUTREACH EVENTS CALENDAR: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 West Basin Water Harvest @ Waste Basin (El Segundo) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 MB …

Welcome, 2016-2017 Youth Corps Students!

The Grades of Green team was all smiles this weekend as we welcomed 60 students into the 2016-2017 Youth Corps …

Youth Corps Student Joshua travels to Washington DC to accept the President’s Environmental Youth Award

One of Grades of Green’s rock star Youth Corps students, Joshua, was honored as a recipient of the 2015 President’s …

No Idle Zone Activity Is Now A Statewide Resolution!

ACR 160 is proof that indeed one student CAN make a difference! A huge congratulations to Grades of Green Youth …

Grades of Green Featured by Planet Experts

In an interview with Planet Experts, Grades of Green Co-Founder and Executive Director Kim Lewand Martin discusses how Grades of …

Youth Corps Students Teach Zero Waste Lesson at South Bay Adult School

Do you want to live your life waste free? On Tuesday, July 12th, Youth Corps students Sarah S. and Annemarie …

No Idle Zone Is Passed By State Assembly!

A huge congrats to Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Antonio! After three years of hard work, the No Idle …

Hot off the press – Youth Corps 2015-2016 Final Report

We are thrilled to publish and share the Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program Final Report 2015-2016. Our team had the pleasure …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Grace Gives Lesson on Water Reduction

There is no “drought” that Grades of Green Youth Corps student Grace is making a difference! Grace implemented Grades of …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Annemarie introduces Waste Reduction Strategies to Pancake Breakfasts

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Annemarie D. introduced composting and sorting to Amertican Martyrs Pancake Breakfasts. In 8 Pancake …

Now Streaming: Youth Corp Student Presentations!

Pause your TV and flip the station over to this awe-inspiring stream of Youth Corps student videos below! Our Youth Corps Eco-Leadership …

Youth Corps Applications are now OPEN!

Applications available here! Grades of Green is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program. The Grades of …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Presents Ocean Pollution Solution Video

Do you have the solution to ocean pollution? Grades of Green Youth Corps Middle School Student Johanna J. does! This 6th …

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Xanna gives TED style talk at Verte 2016

At Grades of Green’s annual fundraising event, Verte, 5th grader and Youth Corps student Xanna gave a fabulous presentation to …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Hosts Bee Festival

Got bees? Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Nathan K. put on a bee festival at Richardson Middle School during …

Youth Corps students help Lunada Bay Elementary keep up the green work!

Thanks to Grades of Green Youth Corps students Sydney, Drew, Zoe and Kiley, Lunada Bay Elementary School students have learned …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Plants Pathways for Pollinators

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Samy S. created a pollinator pathway at Hughes Middle School! He led the environmental …

Youth Corps student hosts recycled art contest

Youth Corps student Caoilin celebrated earth month at her school by hosting a recycled art contest, and it was a …

Grades of Green Youth Corps students lead the way in greening Grandview Elementary

Thanks to the leadership of Grades of Green Youth Corps students Penn, Carter, Reese and Will the Grandview Elementary community …

Grades of Green concludes Earth Month with a bang at VOICE Earth Day event

The month of April was jam packed with awesome eco-festivals, workshops and more! The month concluded with Grades of Green …

Grades of Green Receives 2016 Green Leadership Award from L.A. County!

This past Tuesday, April 26th, Grades of Green had the honor of being presented with the 2016 Green Leadership Award …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Raise Funds for Hydration Station at Mira Costa

Congratulations to Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program’s Lauren Stargardter, Ryan Gustafson, and Macallan Laver for raising money to …

Youth Corps member Joshua receives 2015 President’s Environmental Youth Award

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Grades of Green’s very own Youth Corps member, Joshua C., was …

Grades of Green Launches into Earth Week with Hawthorne City & STAR Eco-Station’s Earth Day Celebration

The Grades of Green team kicked off Earth Week by hosting a booth at the Hawthorne Earth Day Fair on …

Youth Corps student Malik’s Butterfly Mural project comes to life

Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program student, Malik, has been dreaming of a butterfly mural for his alma mater, Hughes Middle School, …

Youth Corps Students Create Toxic Turtle Art Project for First Fridays Long Beach County Fair

Grades of Green Youth Corps students Cosmo, Elise, and Carissa, along with other students from their school, found a creative …

St. Patty’s Day Got Even Greener at John Adams Middle School

Grades of Green spent St. Patrick’s Day at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) in Santa Monica supporting their Go Green …

Joshua Featured in The MBMS Weekly Wave

Check out Grades of Green Youth Corps 6th grade student Joshua‘s story on pages 3-4 of the MBMS Weekly Wave …

Hawthorne Earth Day Event

To kick off our spring outreach events, Grades of Green was invited to host a booth at the City of …

Youth Corps Student Rylee hosts 4th annual Go Green Festival

On Saturday, March 19th, Youth Corps Elementary School Student Rylee hosted her 4th annual Grades of Green Festival at Madison …

Why I Care About the Environment, by Grades of Green Student, Joshua

Our Earth is a bright blue jewel in the midst of an endless pool of blackness. It rotates monotonously around …

Youth Corps Student Ethan helps his school reduce 12 TONS of waste!

Did you know that 450 students have the power to make only 1 bag of trash during lunchtime? 5th grader …

Grades of Green Helps TEDx Manhattan Beach to Minimize Waste

For the third year in a row, Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership students made a huge impact by speaking at TEDx Manhattan Beach!

Grades of Green’s Reece Brings Rain Barrels to the South Bay

Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Reece, knows how to think ahead and prepare for a wet Southern California winter!

Attention 6th-12th Graders: Enter Nature’s Voices 3rd Annual Student Story Contest

The Nature’s Voices Project and Green Schools Alliance are launching the 3rd Annual Nature's Voices Student Story Contest to amplify the stories of young people creating a sustainable future.

The 2015-16 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program Kicks Off with a Bang!

Grades of Green got to meet its 60+ students participating in this year's Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program.

Youth Corps Students at Hawthorne City Earth Fair

The Grades of Green team kicked off Earth Month at the Hawthorne Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 11th.

Hughes Middle School Youth Corps Students Green Workday

Five Youth Corps students from Hughes Middle School in Long Beach worked together to organize a green workday.

Earth Month Line-Up!

Grades of Green Youth Corps students are very busy hosting many green events and they want your help!

Youth Corps Student Promotes No Idle Zones Before the South Coast Air Quality Management District

Youth Corps student, Antonio, continues his campaign to have California adopt “No Idle Zone” legislation for passenger vehicles when they are waiting in the pick up line at schools.

Richstone Family Center Goes Green hanks to 2 Youth Corps Students

The Richstone Family Center is an incredible nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families - now they can add going green to the ways in which they operate.

Grades of Green celebrates America Recycles Day at TEDx Manhattan Beach!

Youth Corps students celebrated America Recycles Day by helping make TEDx Manhattan Beach a zero waste event by educating guests how to sort their waste properly.

GRADES OF GREEN TEAM COLLECTS 10 POUNDS OF OCEAN-BOUND TRASH AT COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

After a couple of hours of scouring the beaches this past International Coastal Cleanup Day, Grades of Green volunteers and Youth Corps students collected 10 pounds of trash that would have been otherwise ocean-bound.

Youth Corps Student Speaks at SBCCOG About Being Waste Free

Youth Corps student Jane shared her tips on how to live a waste free lifestyle at the January 23rd South Bay Cities Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting with Grades of Green Programs and Outreach Manager, Allie Bussjaeger.

2 YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS COLLECT OVER 1,800 SHOES TO BE DONATED!

Youth Corps students Alex and Sam both took on used shoe collection drives as their green projects this year.

YOUTH CORPS STUDENT, KIRSTEN C., TEACHES EARTH CLUB HOW TO CLEAN GREEN

Youth Corps student, Kirsten C., taught her entire Earth Club of 25 after school elementary students at Budlong Elementary School in Los Angeles, California a lesson in Green Cleaning in early March.

ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARD BESTOWED ON YOUTH CORPS STUDENT ANNEMARIE

One of our second year Youth Corps students, Annemarie, was recently named an Environmental Hero at the Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration by VOICE (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment).

YOUTH CORPS STUDENT RACHEL SHARES VIDEO ON HOW TO RECRUIT A STUDENT GREEN TEAM

Youth Corps student Rachel started a Green Team at her elementary school, Castle Heights in Los Angeles, CA, as her Green Project this year.

GRADES OF GREEN YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS EDUCATE ABOUT TRASH FREE LUNCHES AT LAKEWOOD EARTH WALK EVENT

On March 15th, five Youth Corps students hosted a Grades of Green booth at the City of Lakewood Earth Walk event.

YOUTH CORPS SHOWCASE THEIR GREEN PROJECTS

It was a green grand finale at the Murad Headquarters on May 18th.

16,000 LBS OF EWASTE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILL BY YOUTH CORPS STUDENT, SYDNEY!

This is what 16,000 pounds of e-waste stacked high on fifteen pallets looks like!

3RD GRADER RYLEE G. HOSTS GREEN FESTIVAL AT HER SCHOOL

Thanks to the leadership of Youth Corps student Rylee G. and her Grades of Green club, Madison Elementary School hosted a wonderful Green Festival for the local community.

YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS PRESENT TIPS ON HOW TO GREEN YOUR SCHOOL AT EARTH FAIR

Grades of Green Youth Corps students were busy at the Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration this year.

STUDENTS EDUCATE GUESTS VIA ECO-GAMES AT STAR ECO-STATION EARTH MONTH EVENT

Grades of Green Youth Corps students hosted a booth at STAR Eco-Station’s annual Earth Month and educated guests about environmental protection via fun eco-games they created themselves!

Youth Corps Student Promotes No Idle Zones before the South Coast Air Quality Management District

Youth Corps student, Antonio, continues his campaign to have California adopt “No Idle Zone” legislation for passenger vehicles when they are waiting in the pick up line at schools.

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program Recognized with Prestigious Keep America Beautiful Award

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program has come in second place for the Keep America Beautiful Youth Recognition Award.

Southern California Edison features our Student Energy Zappers

2013-2014 Grades of Green Youth Corps sponsor, Southern California Edison’s recent blog features four Grades of Green Youth Corps students who conducted energy reduction and awareness projects for their Green Projects.

Environmental Hero Award Bestowed on Youth Corps Student Annemarie

One of our second year Youth Corps students, Annemarie, was recently named an Environmental Hero at the Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration by VOICE (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment).

Two Grades of Green Youth Corps Members Present at Zero Waste Workshop

Grades of Green Youth Corps members Jane and Riley (both from Mira Costa High School) presented at a zero waste workshop hosted by the South Bay Environmental Services last week.

Youth Corps Collects 15 Pounds of Trash at Coastal Cleanup Day

Grades of Green Youth Corps students teamed up at the Manhattan Beach Pier for the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day to pick up trash and litter from the beach.

Youth Corps Student Speaks at SBCCOG about being Waste Free

Youth Corps student Jane shared her tips on how to live a waste free lifestyle at the January 23rd South Bay Cities Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting with Grades of Green Programs and Outreach Manager, Allie Bussjaeger.

Check out these Tips on Leadership and Speaking

Are you a student who could benefit from leadership or speaking training?

2012-2013 A Successful Year for Youth Corps

The Grades of Green Youth Corps had a very successful school year implementing projects to green their schools and communities.

Calling all Santa Monica Students to Apply to the Youth Corps!

Grades of Green is currently seeking applicants from the City of Santa Monica for our 2014 Youth Corps program.

Apply Now to be on the 2013-2014 Grades of Green Youth Corps!

Grades of Green is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Youth Corps!

Youth Corps’ Second Trash Talk Newsletter Out

Get ready for the most recent issue of Trash Talk, brought to you by the 2012-2013 Grades of Green Youth Corps Newsletter Committee.

Youth Corps Student, Grace Cortese, stars in Cutting our Carbon Intensity Verizon ad!

Grades of Green has always known second term Youth Corps student, Grace Cortese, was a rising green star.

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Kick off “Foam Free Fridays” in their Efforts to Reduce Polystyrene

Grades of Green Youth Corps students, Max and Reece Riley, are acting as catalysts of environmental change once again by kicking off “Foam Free Fridays” at Hermosa View and Hermosa Valley Schools.

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student, Maddie Barkate, Featured in San Juan Capistrano Patch

Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Maddie Barkate, has been recognized for her work to green her school by the city of San Juan Capistrano.

Youth Corps Student “Making a Difference” Every Monday at Her School

Grades of Green's youngest Youth Corps student, Rylee Goldfarb, is bringing "Make a Difference Mondays" to her school, Madison Elementary.

Assemblymember Betsy Butler Recognizes Grades of Green Youth Corps

Grades of Green announced the members of its 2012-2013 Youth Corps this week and California State Assembly member Betsy Butler took notice.

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Speak at the Green School Summit and Exposition

Grades of Green Youth Corps students, Lilly Spangler and Sophia Fine Turcot, presented at the Green School Summit and Exposition on October 27, 2012.

Mayor Recognizes Grades of Green Youth Corps Student and her Green Team’s Composting Efforts at St. Margaret’s Lower School

One of Grades of Green's Youth Corps student, Maddie Barkate and her school's Green Team received a Certificate of Recognition from San Juan Capistrano Mayor Larry Kramer for their composting efforts.

Palos Verdes and Pacific Palisades Eco Salons Spread Word About Grades of Green

Grades of Green's first two Eco Salons were a resounding success in gathering people from those communities to learn all about the work Grades of Green is doing to inspire and empower kids and the broader school community to care for the environment.

GRADES OF GREEN YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS HELP PROMOTE A GREEN CHRISTMAS BY SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT GOING A “DAY WITHOUT A BAG”

Santa had some green elf helpers this year: Jenna and Sierra, two Grades of Green Youth Corps students, who helped inspire and empower over fifty people to shop for the holidays without plastic or paper bags by handing out reusable bags

President Obama Congratulates Grades of Green’s Own Youth Corps Student!

This past fall, one of Grades of Green’s Youth Corps students, Grace Cortese, received the Champions of Change award from the White …

Grades of Green Kids Instrumental in Hermosa Beach Styrofoam Ban

The Hermosa Beach City Council recently took a bold step moving forward with a ban on containers made of polystyrene (Styrofoam) in city restaurants.

Youth Corps Student Starts a Sustainability Learning Cycle at Her School

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Maddie Barkate is a fifth grader at St. Margaret's Episcopal School. She is also the Green Team Recycling Chair.

Grades of Green on You Tube!

Check out Grades of Green's new video compliments of Dan Neri at Matter.

Saving the Earth One Cloth Napkin at a Time!

Robinson Elementary School 4th graders Samantha Underwood, Nicole Raventos and Jessica Duckworth decorated some cloth napkins to use in their lunch boxes!

SRS Green Rap

Check out how the students from Saint Raphael in San Rafael, CA inspire others with their fabulous Green Rap Video!

Grades of Green Launches its Youth Board!

Grades of Green is excited to announce that we are launching our Youth Board of Advisors!

Student Leadership Day is a Huge Success!

Grades of Green in conjuntion with TACSC had an awesome time at the Student Leadership Day in Northern California.

Queen of Angels Beach Clean-Up a Huge Success!

Congratulations to all the super green students at Queen of Angels who participated in the beach clean-up day at Foster Beach on Lake Michigan in Chicago.

5th Grade Environmentalist Making a Difference!

Jane Fishman, the Grades of Green Student Council Representative for Grand View Elementary, is a 5th grader with a strong vision on how we can care for the Earth.

Grades of Green Speaks at the Adventures in Sustainability Conference

Suzanne Kretschmer, co-founder of Grades of Green along with some outstanding students from the Manhattan Beach Unified School District were asked to lead a session at the Adventures in Sustainability Conference on how to get students involved in environmental education.

3R Educational Program on Watersheds Launches!

Just in time for Spring, Grades of Green launches it new 3R education program on watersheds.