My daughter, Sydney has been on the Grades of Green Youth Board for the past year; what an amazing experience to work with her peers to make local changes. Grades of Green has really empowered the Youth Corps students by providing the tools and guidance for them to become environmental leaders in their community. Sydney has gained so much knowledge & leadership experience and has been so inspired to get involved.
Dawn Hamilton parent of Youth Corps student
If it wasn't for Grades of Green and, more specifically, the Youth Corps mentors who have helped guide me and offered me opportunities, I wouldn't be able to do what I'm doing, and I wouldn't have the opportunities for the future that I have. I received the Regents' Scholarship at UC San Diego, one of my top-choice schools, and I am absolutely certain that it's only with your support that I could look good enough to get such a prestigious award!
Abby Landers Youth Board Student, El Segundo High School, 2012-2013
Thank you for giving my daughter a great year with Grades of Green. Aside from her working on the shoe drive and becoming an active member of the Green Team, the program built up her self-confidence and self-esteem. -Andrea Ganz, parent of Youth Corps student
Let me just say I am SO IMPRESSED with Grades of Green on so many levels. The way you interact with the kids is so reassuring. It gives them confidence and the way they are turning into little leaders is such a great thing! -Rebecca Tarkington, parent of Youth Corps student
Grades of Green, thank you ladies for the experience, challenge, and tremendous support. Your website is inspiring and extremely helpful! You made it possible to start from scratch and compete against so many other amazing schools! Keep up your amazing passion for our precious earth! - Zipporah Kiger, Grades of Green Co-Chair and Parent at Valor Christian Academy (2011-12 participant)
I am just so proud of the kids. It is really taking off, and they don’t even need reminders anymore to recycle, they just get it. -Amy Johnson, teacher Chapman Elementary School (2012-13 participant)
We see trash-sorting systems, composting in place that can be sustained year after year after year, we see young students engaged in the process and making sure that it’s happening. All these schools that are participating in the challenge are winners. - Rupam Soni, Environmental Engineer, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Our students took ownership in the Challenge. They wanted to make a difference at school and in the community. 80% of our kids pack trash free at least once per week, we compost at lunch, and our school produces just one bag of trash at lunch each day. - Nancy Parsons, Principal Lunada Bay Elementary School (winner 2012-13)
Thanks for the opportunity to be in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge! It has been a great learning experience for our kids, teachers, and parents! -Libby Marsh, Grades of Green Chair, Trinity Lutheran School, Whittier, CA
Thank you to Grades of Green for coming to our school & delivering an AMAZING, FUN, and INFORMATIVE assembly! You ladies have it down! Thank you, I am sure you motivated more students to try harder at becoming trash "free" at our school! Once again we are so thrilled to be part of this challenge by implementing this program! -Danielle Spangler, Grades of Green Chair, Jefferson Elementary School, Redondo Beach, CA