400 Pounds at Tower 7: SaMo takes on 1,100 Volunteers

March’s Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup Removed 400 Pounds of Trash from Will Rogers Beach

400 Pounds at Tower 7: SaMo takes on 1,100 Volunteers
By Katie Osaki of Santa Monica High School Heal the Bay Club

Members from Heal the Bay at SaMo joined the March 18th, 2017 Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup as pivotal Beach Captains—event staff volunteers who help run the cleanup for the hundreds of volunteers who scour the beach for all types of trash. Katie shares her experiences from Lifeguard Tower #7 at Will Rogers State Beach below.

The Calm Before the Volunteer Storm

Saturday morning, was a blur, a fog, a crisp breeze, a flash of sunlight. Saturday morning was filled with pulling buckets out of cars, setting up canopies, and unfolding chairs. As we set up the different tents, a string of people began to form; the 10 o’clock rush was about to start. Continue reading

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Leuzinger’s March for Cleaner Beaches

Heal the Bay and Surfrider at the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade

Heal the Bay at the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Leuzinger’s March for Cleaner Beaches
By Jasmin Gonzalez of Leuzinger High School’s Heal the Bay Club

This club knows how to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! By marching in a parade with a message of hope and empowerment, they inspired many ocean stewards, while having a ton of fun themselves.

Leuzinger's Heal the Bay Club marched in the Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade

Leuzinger’s Heal the Bay Club

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Leuzinger’s Heal the Bay Club set out to participate in the annual parade at Hermosa Beach.
Acting as Heal the Bay and Surfrider Ambassadors, we were glad to promote positive messages of volunteerism and helping the environment, all while marching through Hermosa. Continue reading

Club Day Fundraising at SaMoHi

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Heal the Bay Club at Santa Monica High School is aiming to raise $1,000 in donations for Heal the Bay this year.

Club Day Fundraising at SaMoHi
By Katie Osaki of Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay Club

See how this Club is having fun while raising funds for a great cause– clean oceans!

At Santa Monica High School (SaMoHi), every semester at least once, we hold a day coined Club Day, where clubs can sell food for the student body to purchase . During this time, each participating club gets a chance to fundraise for the various causes they support. Continue reading

Sea the Change Youth Summit Debrief

Groups from the greater LA area join for a day of fun and learning in Santa Monica

Groups from the greater LA area join for a day of fun and learning at Santa Monica Beach

Sea the Change Youth Summit Debrief
By Tiara Supakit & Megan Phung of Valley Academy’s Mermaid Squad
With contributions from Andrea Ignacio of Hollywood High’s Key Club

Check out what 45 student leaders got up to at the winter youth summit and learn how to join two Ocean Solutions Contests with cash prizes.

Mermaid Squad at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Mermaid Squad at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

On Sunday, 29 January, 2017, the Mermaid Squad participated in the Sea the Change Youth Summit event at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. At the event, we had the opportunity to do many activities such as a beach cleanup and trash analysis. Continue reading

The Seawall Controversy: An International Expedition to Saemangeum, South Korea

PAVA World Invites Heal the Bay to visit South Korea

Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA) Invites Heal the Bay to Visit South Korea

The Seawall Controversy: An International Expedition to Saemangeum, South Korea
By: Jason Lee with contributions from Julian Kim, Victor Kim & Daniel Min

In the summer of 2016, the Pacific American Volunteer Association (PAVA) invited Heal the Bay’s Education & Outreach Manager, Nancy Shrodes, to join them in exploring tidal management overseas. Jason Lee reports on the student group’s trip to the Saemangeum (pronounced say-man-geum) Seawall and highlights the controversies surrounding its construction and function.  Continue reading

Relishing Reusable Bag Day

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Relishing Reusable Bag Day
By: Jenn Swart, Programs Associate  with Heal the Bay

Ban the Bag Youth Summit trained students as bag-tivists

The Ban the Bag Youth Summit trained students as bag-tivists.

In an election cycle where it might seem that only adults have the microphone, the youth of the greater LA area were able to voice their concerns by engaging the public in a real-life campaign action. By attending Heal the Bay’s Ban the Bag Youth Summit, 55 students and club members got trained as bag-tivists to host reusable bag giveaways in their communities in celebration of Reusable Bag Day on Oct 20th, 2016. Continue reading

SaMoHi Joins Coastal Cleanup Day 2016

Santa Monica High School's Heal the Bay Club hits the pier on Coastal Cleanup Day

Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay Club hits the pier for Coastal Cleanup Day

SaMoHi Joins Coastal Cleanup Day 2016
By Katie Osaki; Santa Monica High School’s Heal the Bay Club

On Sept. 17, our club participated in the Coastal Cleanup Day at the Santa Monica Pier location. We were part of an international effort organized by the Ocean Conservancy in which 90 countries participate and over 600,000 volunteers come out to clean the coast. Here in LA County, Heal the Bay oversees 50 coastal and inland sites where 10,000 people collected 30,000 pounds of trash! Continue reading

Venice High Cleans Venice Beach

 

Buckets of Trash from Venice Beach

Keeping our beaches clean takes buckets of work

Venice High Cleans Venice Beach
By: Chris Selvo; Venice High School’s Heal the Bay Club

It was Saturday, September 10th, when Venice High School Heal the Bay went out on an excursion for a beach cleanup at Venice Pier. A dozen avid volunteers from the club humbly dedicated a few hours of their day, from 10am to 1pm, to picking up litter off the shore. Continue reading

Ban the Bag Youth Summit Debrief

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Ban the Bag Youth Summit at Rio de Los Angeles State Park

Ban the Bag Youth Summit Debrief
By: Angelica Astorga
One World Club; King Drew High School

On Sept 25th 2016, fifty-five students from all over the greater LA area gathered at the Rio de Los Angeles State Park Recreation Center for a day of teen networking, environmental education and campaign planning. Angelica Astorga from Club Heal the Bay’s One World Club at King Drew Magnet High School remembers the day fondly:

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Tackling the Bag Monster is the name of the game

During the Youth Summit all members interacted during the different workshops and became more educated on Prop 67— Continue reading