Student Stories

Meet Program Advisor Jordan!

Jordan Chang | December 12, 2017

Introducing a New Program Advisor!   Jordan is a New Program Advisor for Grades of Green’s Global Program in the New York Office. He primarily works on engaging students in Grades of Green programs around the world and developing program content. Additionally, he makes videos and provides sustainable recipes for the Grades of Green team. …

Kanwal Hosts a Waste Reduction Seminar

Jordan Chang | December 4, 2017

Kanwal Can Do It All! Kanwal’s passion for environmental advocacy and responsibility shines bright. This recent Grades of Green student from Pakistan is already making waves in the field of sustainability. Despite her young age, Kanwal recently organized and hosted a “Single-Use Plastics” Seminar in Pakistan this past week. Kanwal, along with a multitude of …

Los Angeles Youth Corps Eco-Leaders visit Arboretum

Allie Bussjaeger | November 6, 2017

Grades of Green  Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program students participated in their first meet-up of the year at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Eco-Leaders were guided through a leadership workshop, and then discussed their next steps in their chosen Grades of Green Activity. The theme of the day was creating a vision, which included a session …

Grades of Green Connects with Teens

Jei Florentino | October 25, 2017

There is no better community event for Grades of Green than one focused on students! This week we attended two events in our community. Youth Corps eco-leader Leslie educated and inspired nearly one hundred teens and adults at Marine Teen Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. She used Grades of Green’s …

No Straw November

Emily Gee | October 19, 2017

On October 11, 2017, the California Coastal Commission unanimously passed Jr Ocean Guardians’ Resolution declaring November as No Straw November. The efforts were forefronted by founder, 16 year old high school junior, Shelby O’Neil! Way to go, Shelby! Here’s Youth Corps Student Johanna’s essay on going straw-less! I am Johanna, a 13 year old student at Lincoln …

Youth Corps leaders support bike lanes

Allie Bussjaeger | October 4, 2017

When Manhattan Beach students heard that the city was considering adding more bike lanes, they were eager to show their support! On Tuesday, October 3rd, Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leaders Maxine, Lauren and Clara attended the Manhattan Beach City Council meeting to encourage their council members to add more bike lanes in the community. …

2017-2018 Youth Corps Eco-Leaders Unite

Allie Bussjaeger | October 3, 2017

Grades of Green welcomed 55 passionate students to our 7th annual Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program this past Sunday, October 1st, at Orientation Day. Each year 4th-12th grade students in the greater Los Angeles area are invited to apply to the Youth Corps. After carefully reviewing all applicants, an elite group of students are selected, where …

Grades of Green Eco-Leader Johanna Skips the Straw

Jei Florentino | August 29, 2017

I am Johanna, a 13 year old student at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, California. I have a passion for the environment, and for working to keep it healthy. In addition to being a part of the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program, some of my spare time goes to working with Heal …

Catching up with Grades of Green Youth Corps Alumni Alex

Allie Bussjaeger | August 4, 2017

Nothing makes our day more than hearing from our Grades of Green Alumni! This summer we were thrilled to catch up with former Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leader Alex N., who piloted the Farmer’s Market Meals Activity while in high school.  Check out Alex’s adventures below! “Grades of Green was a huge part of …

Manhattan Beach Sun Highlights Youth Corps Native Garden Project

Jei Florentino | July 20, 2017

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Metropolitan Water District provided a grant to Grades of Green which helped our Youth Corps Eco-Leaders install a native garden on campus to save water! You can read the Manhattan Beach Sun article about their garden by clicking here, or you  can view the PDF version here. …

Donate Used Shoes at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market and Tabula Rasa

Jei Florentino | July 14, 2017

Grades of Green wishes a very happy 11th anniversary to the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market! To celebrate, Grades of Green hosted a booth with our signature veggie stamping activity. Visitors were invited to create beautiful designs with veggie scraps while learning about the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting. A few lucky attendees even …

Teacher Family Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Jei Florentino | June 27, 2017

Grades of Green wishes a happy summer break to both students and teachers alike! To kick off summer, we hosted a booth at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Teacher Family Day. Teachers were able to learn about Grades of Green’s free environmental programs such as the Trash Free Lunch Challenge and Youth Corps Eco …

Eco-Leader Sam with shoes for donation
17,000 Shoes Collected, 8,000 More to Go!

Jei Florentino | June 22, 2017

Did you know over 300 million children in the world can’t afford shoes, yet millions of shoes are dumped into landfills each year? Sam H., a Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership student, wanted to do something about this problem. Since 2011 when he first joined the Youth Corps, Sam has worked Grades of Green …

Fundraising Success at MBMS

gogadmin | June 20, 2017

Manhattan Beach Middle School shared some great news with us lately! In a recent e-newsletter, MBMS celebrated the installation of a couple of water refill stations. Several passionate students organized the fundraising efforts, including Youth Corps student Sydney H. She ran 3 separate e-waste drives, where the e-waste collection company paid for the e-waste Sydney …

Elise Y.

Jei Florentino | June 12, 2017

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 …