Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program mentors 60 selected 2nd-12th grade students to become eco-leaders by providing one-on-one guidance to select and implement a Grades of Green Project that will help protect the environment.
The Youth Corps is a free, year-long program where students participate in meetings and field trips throughout the school year. At these meetings, they receive regular guidance and leadership training to actively care for the environment from passionate Grades of Green staff and a supportive peer network of fellow Youth Corps students. Students become inspired to help the environment and empowered when they see their actions spark change. Banning Styrofoam? Diverting tons of waste? Creating earth clubs? The awesome Grades of Green Youth Corps students are becoming environmental stewards all while making huge impacts in their communities!
A few past Youth Corps Projects include:
• Eighth-grader Sydney H. organized an e-waste collection drive at her school and collected over 9,000 pounds of e-waste to be recycled;
• 6th graders Max and Izzy created a website & raised funds to plant 100 trees and educate their entire middle school about which trees are native to their community and why that’s important;
• 5th grader Joshua C. created signage to “Turn off the Tap” for his school’s bathrooms and went from class to class to teach over 250 students about the importance of conserving water;
• 10th grader Sam H. organized and collected over 8,000 pairs of used shoes to donate to people in need;
• Sky W. helped his third grade classroom switch from paper newsletters to an electronic version and saved over 20,000 pieces of paper; and
• 9th grader Annemarie D. set up recycling and compost stations which led to over 60,000 pounds of waste being diverted from a landfill.
Youth Corps students receive hands-on training to be the next generation's environmental leaders. From this experience, these students gain leadership and public speaking skills, learn about environmental issues, make new friends, take concrete action to better our environment, and have fun. Youth Corps students are effecting real, positive environmental change all while inspiring their peers, educators, parents, and often entire communities to help protect the environment.
Grades of Green has a fun and innovative way for you to help
Help support Grades of Green by purchasing Terry Tamminen’s latest book Watercolors: How JJ the Whale Saved Us. For every purchase of Terry Tamminen’s book, $5.00 will be donated to our organization!
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And the winner is……………..
Congratulations to Nancy who is the big winner of the Grades of Green BCBG $500 gift card drawing. The drawing was held on Tuesday at our Board of Directors meeting. Board member Ranae DeSantis, the donor who provided the matching funds, picked the name out of the box.
Once again we would like to thank each and every one of you for generously supporting Grades of Green. Your contribution will ensure that we can continue to roll Grades of Green out to schools across the country in order to inspire and empower students to care for the environment.
The fundraising drive was a huge success. By September 15th, we had raised $12,602.19 in matching funds which exceeded our $10,000 goal and the DeSantis Family Foundation surprised us by matching that entire amount. In addition, we received three $5,000 sponsorships for a whopping grand total of $40,201.38 raised! We had over 100 donors including an 88 year old woman who heard about our cause and brought a twenty dollar bill over to a friend’s house to help out.
We are honored by your generosity especially in these hard economic times. We encourage you to check our website from time to time to see how we are doing and if you ever have any feedback, we would love to hear from you. Also, please add us as a friend on Facebook – we have a lot of fun posts going out you don’t want to miss.
This is what 16,000 pounds of e-waste stacked high on fifteen pallets looks like! On Saturday, April 26th, Youth Corps member Sydney H. hosted her second annual electronic waste collection drive outside of her middle school. Sydney partnered with All Green Electronics and Waste Management to host this event which included free curbside e-waste recycling and paper shredding. Sydney also advertised the e-waste opportunity to local businesses, and was able to help KAA, South Bay Brokers, and Diane Dempsey dispose of their old electronics in an eco-friendly way. The e-waste collected filled two All Green Electonics trucks to the brim, resulting in a very successful event! Sydney plans to use the funds collected to help grow her school’s environmental programs. Way to go Sydney on implementing your green project and inspiring and empowering your community to do something to care for the environment.
Youth Corps students Alex and Sam both took on used shoe collection drives as their green projects this year. Alex, a 4th grader, hosted the shoe donation drive in her community where she collected 300 shoes. Sam, a 9th grader, hosted a shoe collection drive at his high school and at his church where he collected 1,500 shoes. Sam was even featured in the MB Patch for his efforts! Alex and Sam then donated the shoes to Soles 4 Souls, helping thousands of people in need get a new pair of shoes and diverted thousands of shoes from taking up more space in a landfill. Way to go Alex and Sam!
Grades of Green was invited to Beverly Hills CA to attend the awards ceremony for the SEED award. Shaya Kirkpatrick and Lisa Coppedge were there representing Grades of Green and were surprised and honored that Grades of Green was one of the recipients of the SBEEC SoCal Environmental Excellent Development Award for Environmental Education and Outreach. The SEED Award honors local individuals, groups, and businesses that have exhibited excellence in helping to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life in the South Bay.