Tree Musketeers

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment

Location: 305 Richmond Street El Segundo CA 90245 USA

Mission: During more than two decades of organizational life, Tree Musketeers has created quantifiable results through well awarded, youth led programs. Developing youth as eco-leaders is at the heart of two major program areas. The Partners for the Planet Network offers a vehicle for kids nationwide to function as a movement through a website, speakers bureau, resource sharing and youth campaigns. The current thrust internationally is the Partners for the Planet Campaign with aims to document 3 million trees planted by 3 million youth to fight global warming. In the Hometown Program, urban forestry, public education and youth leadership are the focus in the South Bay of Southern California. A formalized adult volunteer program, structured eco LEADership courses, Youth LEADership Center, community tree planting events, maintenance of 1,800 local trees and improved community service opportunities for mainstream and at-risk youth are the mechanisms for taking action.
Results: During the past fifteen years at Tree Musketeers, each $1.96 in cash invested empowered a child to plant a tree and reached 36 people with the message! 1,928,663 trees planted 3,213 South Bay youth leaders 1,030,854 youth participants worldwide 105,416,018 people educated and inspired
Target demographics: empower young people to be environmental leaders
Direct beneficiaries per year: a dozen students improve their leadership and public speaking skills through our LEAD courses.
Geographic areas served: Los Angeles South Bay, National, International
Programs: tree care, LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) classes and many community volunteer opportunities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Nine years ago, I learned of Tree Musketeers and their effort to plant "Trees to the Sea" along the highway bordering our town of El Segundo and the Los Angeles International Airport. It was a highly successful, multi-year effort to reduce noice and improve air quality. That first year, we sponsored two trees in honor of our two young daughters. I am proud to have one of them actively volunteering with the organization now and we can see the fruits of our labor as we drive through town. It is so cool to watch the young volunteers grow up in this youth-led organization, learning valuable leadership skills while helping the environment, locally and globally. Tree Musketeers is a warm and friendly organization making a difference in the lives of people and in the world around them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was lucky to have stumbled across such a vital organization who has accomplish two great thing at the same time: Empowering young kids to make an impact in our environment. When I first volunteered back in 2008, my initial thought was, how can I help this organization? In the end, I ended up gaining so much more than I’d ever imagined. From learning about tree planting, mulching & tree care to being an Adult Partner at events such as Arbor day and Make a difference. The most rewarding aspect of this organization is watching kids, including mine, blossom into young conscious adults who have made such an important impact in our communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are very few organizations ran by kids! Quite frankly I can't think of any others like this one. It's always a pleasure to help the environment with such enthusiastic group of kids.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tree Musketeers s a great organization. The most phenomenal aspect of this organization is the fact that it is run essentially by teenagers. They demonstrate their passion about the environment on a daily basis. They are also our future leaders in business and environmental preservation. I have been involved with them over 14 years and continue to stay involved by recently becoming a board member.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former youth leader with Tree Musketeers, and a current college student, I can say without a doubt that Tree Musketeers was the most meaningful organization I have ever worked with. They teach all of their youth leaders important skills that will ensure success from public speaking to working professionally in business settings. They accomplish this through environmental stewardship in El Segundo and around the world. This gives the youth of Tree Musketeers the opportunity to interact with those in other environmental communities around the world I worked with students from Europe to Korea to America's heartland. Tree Musketeers is one of the only organizations in the world that is youth-run and lead and because of this it has shattered expectations with its ability to run and manage amazing events and generate fantastic leaders who will be stewards of the environment for years to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with Tree Musketeers has been a wonderful experience. It is kid led which teaches them leadership and responsibility. I have always worked with a great group of kids. I hope this organization has many years ahead of them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more advertising out there so people can learn about them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Tree Musketeers is one of the outstanding members of the California ReLeaf Network -- a coalition of 88 nonprofits statewide dedicated to on-the-ground urban forestry.

The Musketeers are one of the very innovative groups in this Network -- not only in respect to strutcure, but ability to adapt to changing environments.

They demonstrate particular expertise in developing stewards for the future, grantwriting, and support for progressive public policy that advances urban forestry objectives in California.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow the tent. Tree Musketeers have a very marketable product, and is is located in a section of southern California that could perhaps respond to more from this organization. With that said, fiscal realities must always remain a primary consideration for great non-profits.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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