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August 7, 2012 > Young leaders recognized

Young leaders recognized

By Joni Jen

The Olive Children Foundation is proud to recognize our Young Leaders Club for their commitment to community service. During our first three sessions of the summer, Young Leaders learned about several topics including the importance of nature and the value of trees as an essential resource in our society and daily life.

As part of Generation On, a nationwide organization promoting community service among our youth population, our Young Leaders took part in a project called, "Naturally Photogenic." From plant life and natural scenery to the wildlife at Oakland Zoo, our Young Leaders captured many beautiful images of nature. Based on research cited by Generation On, students learned that views of nature, even in the form of photographs, help to improve a person's health and happiness.

On July 10th, the club selected eleven of their favorite images to present to Ms. Linda Olla, manager of the Fremont Senior Center, as a gift from our youth to our senior community. Young Leaders Ernest, Shreyas, and Cody, expressed feeling "good" about themselves for making a difference in our community and showing their respect for the elderly. Please visit the lounge area in the Fremont Senior Center to view our photography exhibit.

Our Young Leaders also completed a community service project with Our City Forest. Our City Forest is a nonprofit organization in San Jose that engages community members in the appreciation, protection, growth, and maintenance of our urban ecosystem. A group of six students joined Young Leaders instructor, Ms. Detian Pomfret, and a senior from Mission San Jose High School volunteer, Mr. Mohit Kumar, to volunteer at a Nursery Workday.

For three hours, students learned how to mix healthy potting soil for growing trees, and they worked to repot small trees into the new and more nutritional soil. They also removed weeds from areas in the nursery where larger trees were being cultivated. At the end of the workday, Young Leaders realized that the conservation of trees is a difficult task that requires everyone's participation. They concluded that the most effective way to protect our trees is to reduce, recycle, and reuse tree based products as well as to actively plant more trees in our environment.

Thank you Young Leaders for all of your hard work and dedication!

Olive Children Foundation
43531 Mission Blvd. Fremont
(510) 557-3337
http://www.olivechildren.com/

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