The Grades of Green team was all smiles this weekend as we welcomed 60 students into the 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program. On Sunday, October 9th, Grades of Green students from all across the greater Los Angeles area gathered at the Manhattan Beach Library for Youth Corps Orientation. After a lunch stacked with Fresh Brothers pizza, fresh fruit snacks from GROW, snacks from Pirate’s Booty and Clif Bars, and buzzing conversation, students in grades 2-12 with a passion for the environment met one another through participating in fun get-to-know-you games. These Youth Corps students heard from environmental experts from Earth Friendly Products, Coalition for Clean Air, West Basin Municipal Water District, and Southern California Edison who helped inspire incredible Grades of Green Activity ideas and raise awareness about pressing issues. Youth Corps students also had the opportunity to share ideas with one another and get practical advice from their advisors and fellow youth leaders. Grades of Green is so excited to see how these students will influence their peers, dazzle the community, and help make our environment a healthier place. Thank you so much to our sponsors at Murad Family Foundation, Earth Friendly Products, Alcoa Foundation, City of Santa Monica, Southern California Edison, and the Vanderbilt Family Foundation for making the Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program possible! Click here to view more photos from Orientation!

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