Congratulations Clubs! A Club Heal the Bay Year in Review
By Jenn Swart, Youth Coordinator with Heal the Bay
Summertime and the livin’s easy! What a great time to look back on all of your achievements this year.
With the end of another school year comes the promise of a long and glorious summer. Congratulations to all who have finished another year, to those who have earned Club Drops with Club Heal the Bay, and a special congraduation to those who have attended their last high school class!
To add to the festive time of year, Club Heal the Bay recognized all of its hardworking green teens in a ceremony at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday June 4th. Clubs were awarded with certificates and plaques to celebrate all their efforts over the 2015-16 school year. Clubs got to celebrate each other’s successes together, meet like-minded teens and decorate this year’s Club Pennant.
In total, eight Clubs– hailing from Thousand Oaks to Irvine and from Pacoima to Santa Monica– were awarded certificates this year. Accomplishments ranged from cleanups that addressed the trash from “the Halloween hangover” to inland creek cleanups and coastal beach cleanups. Clubs from Lawndale, Venice, and Viewpoint High Schools participated in our Adopt-a-Beach program and committed to cleaning the beach of their choosing, three or more times in the school year.
For Clubs who attended our spring youth summits on BioBlitzing, the Blitz the Bay Club Challenge was what they gravitated towards, prompting 53 people from 6 clubs to join the iNaturalist Project. In total, they helped contribute 317 observations and documented 105 species of flora and fauna that live in the L.A. area.
As winners of the Blitz the Bay Club Challenge, Pacoima Beautiful’s Youth United Towards Environmental Protection (YUTEP) and Thousand Oaks’ ACE Recycle Club took plaques home for the most data collection and the best BioBlitz dance, respectively. Runners up from Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay Club even organized their own Bio Blitz in Tongva Park.
Check out the winning BioBlitz Dance here:
With all these different events and community action projects, the members of Club Heal the Bay have lead by example, showing others that there are multiple ways to get involved and that sharing these experiences with other teens is a great way to create a community of civic-minded youth.
Together we’re better. Thank you to all who worked so diligently to make this a year of protection and awareness for the environment. Let’s catch our breath and set our sights to next year! See you soon, Jenn