Grades of Green is proud to welcome two Spring interns, Anais and Arthella! Check out their stories below to learn about how their passions help Grades of Green carry out its mission to inspire and empower students to care for their environment.
Anaïs is an intern at the Grades of Green office in El Segundo. She is set to graduate from California State University, Long Beach, in May 2017. She will earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Geographic Information Science. During her educational path, she has been able to learn of and actively take part in the sustainability programs at Cal State Long Beach although her passion for the environment started from an early age. As a child, she learned to recycle, compost, garden, and to practice energy and water conservation. Values of sustainability were instilled at this young age and have guided her through her life. After graduating she would like to continue to explore environmental programs and pursue a Masters’ Degree focusing on Sustainable Urban Planning. She is passionate about creating positive influence in the world and is hoping to inspire this new generation of youth, as she was inspired, to live a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Arthella is a Grades of Green intern where she works closely with the Senior Program Managers. She did not always have a love for the environment, but it all changed when she enrolled in an introduction to physical geography course. During the course, Arthella became interested in Earth’s systems and natural phenomena such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Most importantly, she became aware of how human activities and interactions have greatly impacted the Earth. She became so passionate about the environment that she changed from a journalism major to a geography major. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with an emphasis in Physical/Environmental Geography at the California State University, Long Beach. During the summer of 2016, Arthella volunteered as a mentor for the Filipino Migrant Center’s Sama Sama Youth Program where she worked with the youth in addressing social justice issues in the community. From being a mentor, she discovered how much she loves working with the youth and the community. Arthella is excited to be joining a team of passionate individuals who are empowering the youth to take action in protecting the environment.