Grades of Green was a huge part of my high school experience, yet my passion for environmental activism has only grown since being a part of the Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program. I now am a senior studying Earth Systems at Stanford University with concentrations in sustainable food and agriculture, and Spanish. In past summers, I have worked for an urban development non-profit called 100 Resilient Cities in New York and conducted environmental education research based on immersive backpacking trips in Yosemite National Park. More recently, I studied abroad in Santiago de Chile, where, while not learning about Chile's incredible biodiversity in the classroom, I was lucky enough to explore the country’s natural wonders. I not only made it far South to camp in Torres del Paine in Patagonia, but traveled North to the Atacama Desert, where I sandboarded down massive dunes. I’m now spending the summer interning in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the municipal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As an intern in their urban agriculture sector, I spend half my days in the greenhouse planting in preparation for their future educational farm, and the other half writing and designing a permaculture manual to accompany the city’s workshops
Alex N. Youth Corps Alumni
Dear Grades of Green,

You have taught me so much. I learned about leadership, the earth, and public speaking. You gave me so many opportunities that made me into the person I am today. I would have never accomplished anything without the support of the Grades of Green Youth Corps mentors. I can’t thank you enough I have learned so much and I will never forget this experience.
Elise Y. Youth Corps Student since 2016
I am truly proud of our Grades of Green Team.  It has been a great educational experience for our students to be mindful of the importance to recycle and dispose of waste properly.  Students making conscious decisions to dispose their waste appropriately has actually helped with another problem...  birds!  We've had a seagull issue for years.  Now that very little food is left on tables and the waste is primarily concentrated in several areas the birds are not really much of an issue now.
Salvador Madrigal Principal, Stephens Middle School, TFLC 2014-2015
We should have done this program years ago! I love it! My back doesn’t hurt from throwing out all those bags of trash. I can't believe we only have three bags of trash at lunch every day.
Sam Head Custodian at Rogers Middle School in Long Beach, CA
Dear Grades of Green Team, A BIG thank you to you! We appreciate your help in getting started. The assembly and presentation was amazing! This really helped students understand how they can help the environment and take an active role. The teachers were jazzed as well and want to start this in our lounge so they too, can participate. Many thanks for what you do!
Dominique Polchow
We just wrapped up our Green Queen and King Challenge and our Green Ambassadors were 25 students strong! What a great group. We utilized many of Grades of Green's online resources and very much appreciate the Lesson Plans and downloadable PDFs!
Darcy O’Brien Will Rogers Learning Community Green Team
On behalf of St. Athanasius School, I just wanted to send you a huge thank you to you and your GOG team, the Kings Care Chariot volunteers for all your support and enthusiasm in helping to kick off our new waste management system at school today.  It was an exciting day that the students are sure to never forget.
I look forward to continue working with you and GOG  on future projects and will be sure to seek more advice as we continue to educate and empower our students to care for their community and environment.
Alexandra Gonzales Educator at St. Athanasius School
Thank you so much for all of the lesson plans/PowerPoints/"informationals” you have uploaded to your website for FREE! ...Some have asked me to give assemblies/training as I trade out trash bins for recycle bins and what I have found on your website is invaluable!
Natasha D.
I first heard of Grades of Green the summer before my junior year of high school. I was involved with sustainability efforts at school, but found that the Grades of Green Youth Corps provided me a chance to grow and share my passion with younger members. I participated in the Youth Corps program for two years and loved the freedom of designing my own Green Project, rather than participating in a pre-existing endeavor. For my Green Project, I spent two years hosting 100-Mile Meals, where all the food was grown within a 100-mile radius of where it was served, and writing an accompanying food blog to support buying locally. The Youth Corps and Youth Corps advisors provided me with not only moral support, but also with countless contacts and marketing resources. While my interest in environmental conservation began at a young age, working with the Youth Corps and interning with Grades of Green for two summers has not only made me more independent, but also made me more confident that environmental science will be my chosen field of study in college.
Alex Nguyen Youth Corps Advisor, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
The Grades of Green Youth Corps program is amazing. Whoever thought of it is a genius. So many kids doing so many great things for the earth is just amazing. The Youth Corps is definitely one of the greatest groups on earth. And imagine in a few years, what it will be like with even more kids on board! All of the landfills will go broke. I am so excited to see where this takes us and what amazing projects we will do.
Max Riley Youth Corps Student since 2011