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SPEA Celebrates 42nd Earth Day Anniversary

By: Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager


The students and Advisory Board members from the ITEP San Pedro Earth Alert Academy (SPEA) at San Pedro High School, celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on Friday April 20, 2012, with on-campus presentations and demonstrations that generated interest and awareness for the “Green Generation.” More than ever before, young people are getting involved by taking steps in their schools, homes and neighborhoods to protect the environment by recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans, volunteering for coastal clean-ups, and exploring the possibility of entering into green careers in the future.

To celebrate this event, 10 members of the US Coast Guard Base on Terminal Island, gave presentations that showed students the importance of their missions in the protection and stewardship of natural resources by eliminating environmental damage associated with maritime transportation, fishing, and recreational boating.

More than 45 presentations and demonstrations during the day gave students a wide range of topics and points of interest to consider. Guest Speakers from local organizations included Advisory Board Chair, Mike Schaadt, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Administrator, who, along with two other scientists from the aquarium, gave presentations on “Careers in Marine Biology and Oceanography,” as well as displaying a live grunion lab for students to interact with.

Pax Bowman, an ITEP Partner from West Basin Container Terminal (WBCT), presented the “Enviro-Jeopardy Game,” modeled after the television game show. Students showed how much they knew in areas  including:Earth Day, Recycling, Port Related Environment, and What Not to Do. Student teams became very competitive with each other, and were quite involved in capturing the most points to win the game.

In addition, Nancy Felix, from SA Recycling, spoke to students about “Careers in Environmental Management,” and had a presentation about how SA recycles scrap metal. Attorney Vivi Heger spoke on Environmental Law, and Dr Raymond Wells presented a community college approach to Programs in Marine Biology.

Student Council members were able to secure more than 200 signed commitment cards during the day-long event, with students having the opportunity to complete written pledges for “A Billion Acts of Green,” Earth Day’s way of mobilizing the power of people to create change by taking small steps. Each student was encouraged to write down at least one thing they would do to help protect the environment. The statements made by these high school students, show how much they care about the environment, and what they plan to do to help.

 

I wonder how many of us can pledge the same things that these high school students have?

“I will try not to leave trash anywhere so it doesn’t lead to our oceans or pollute,” said SPEA student, Juan G.

“I will reuse and save my bottled water…I also pledge to carpool to school,” R.C.

“I will use the bag I was given at thestore and that will help save plastic bags,” D.A. wrote.

And, other statements made by students include,

“Take shorter showers…”

“Turn off lights when not using it…”

“Walk, instead of ride…”

“Grow more plants!” What are the rest of us willing to do?

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Building dreams one scholarship at a time!

If every dream is built one step at a time, ITEP students took one giant leap on March 22, 2012 at the 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, Building Dreams. Held at the World Cruise Terminal in San Pedro, nearly 600 students, teachers, and industry partners cheered on 12 ITEP seniors as they received well deserved scholarships and awards that will help them continue their success and dreams after high school.

Along with eight ITEP scholarship winners, Violet Paredes from GSS Academy won the HAIC Scholarship, and Alberto Limas from GESA won the LACBFFA Cecilia Castellanos Memorial Scholarship. Dennis Lord from Southern California Gas Company presented a scholarship to Nicole Diaz, a GESA Senior, and Dan Benoit, on behalf of the LACBFFA and FTA, presented the Rising Star! Award to Karima Dyes from Gardena High School’s Global Leadership Academy. The Carol Rowen 180 Degree Award went to Kaipo Soriano-Weeks, a hardworking and dedicated senior from GBAC at Carson High School.

ITEP was thrilled to present our Keeper of the Flame award to BNSF Railway, a longstanding supporter of ITEP and Mojave XP at Barstow High School. Trini Jimenez, Director of Government Relations and ITEP Board of Directors member, accepted the award along with Lawrence Dale, a retired BNSF employee and Mojave XP Advisory Board member. “We at BNSF are proud to be associated with such a remarkable organization. We look forward to continuing to support ITEP’s goal of building dreams and connecting students to jobs.” George Kolarov from Banning High School was recognized as ITEP’s Educator of the Year, and Tom Good from Matson received the Bill Stein Memorial Leadership Award.

MATCH and the Los Angeles Harbor College Culinary Arts Programstudents outdid themselves with their dazzling culinary creations. Led by MATCH Advisory Board member Chef Giovanni “Chef Gio” Delrosario, LAHC students delighted the crowd with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and MATCH dished up a wonderful pasta dinner with an impressive array of cupcakes and edible arrangements for dessert.

All in all, this year’s event was a stunning success, breaking all previous fundraising records. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, ticket takers and silent auction bidders, over $180,000 was raised to support the mission and programs of ITEP. Heartfelt thanks go out to our top sponsors — Port of Los Angeles, Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, and Metro Ports – as well as to the dedicated members of ITEP’s Dinner Committee, led by Bill Collier, and the ITEP Board and Advisory Boards who devoted countless time and energy toward making this event successful.

 

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Video blog story by BNSF Railway

 

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GESA students present Recycling Awards to industry partners!

The Global Environmental Science Academy (GESA) at Banning High School knows the importance of taking care of the environment and recognizing industry partners who have helped them along the way. GESA students have been active in recycling E-Waste, scrap metal, plastic bottles and aluminum cans for more than three years, and have worked with ITEP Business Partners SA Recycling, Environmental Conversion Recycling and Tesoro to recycle these materials.

At the January GESA Advisory Board Meeting,  GESA  Student Council members were happy to present Ken Pacheco from Tesoro an Appreciation Award for their “Cans for Kids” program. Since 2009, Tesoro has given GESA more than $3,000 for recycling cans.

SA Recycling was also given a large display of pictures with student appreciation comments for their partnership in the on-campus recycling of plastic bottles, as well as for their participation in the Advisory Board, Industry Coaching, Guest Speaking and Facility Tours.

Thank you Environmental Conversion Recycling, SA Recycling and Tesoro! We couldn’t do it without you!

(from L to R) are Nancy Felix, recycling partner from SA Recycling, Carolina  (11th Grade Student Council), Ken Pacheco from Tesoro, and Veronica  (11th Grade Student Council).

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ITEP’s ITA, GSS, MATCH and GESA Academies welcome the new 10th graders!

Today was an exciting day at Banning High School! With the help of Families In Schools, ITEP welcomed the new batch of 10th graders into their respected Academies: GSS, ITA, MATCH and GESA.

Over 200 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed students and their parents met with lead teachers, ITEP staff and business partners from ComericaThe Port of Los Angeles, Plains All American Pipeline, SA Recycling, APL, Securitas, Fast Lane Transportation, CalScience Environmental Labs, Matson, PCC Logistics, and TopSail Youth Program. It was a great opportunity for students to get an early look at the thriving maritime industry right in their backyard.

Parents were able to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of what their sons and daughters would be doing in the coming years. As I manned the registration desk, I had the opportunity to talk with parents and watch their eyes light up at the prospect of field trips, job shadowing and  internships that are available when their child joins an ITEP Port Academy. ITEP is excited for the coming school year at Banning High School and thanks Families In Schools and United Way for helping us welcome the class of 2014.Go Pilots!

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This ITEP Program Isn’t Just A Summer Job, It’s About Self Development…

They may be young, but don’t call them kids.  Or children, for that matter.  According to Martin Chavez, Human Resources Division Officer for the Port of Los Angeles and Director of the 2011 ITEP/POLA Summer Internship Program, the fifty-four young men and women participating this year should be called students and held to this standard in terms of seeking knowledge and personal responsibility.  “A kid is a baby goat…something less than human and not deserving of our respect or investment. Our students need to see themselves as worthy.”  Chavez helps his students achieve this goal by constantly holding them to the highest standards and employing a “tough love” approach.  The result has been 12 years of successfully helping students realize their potential and learn to take pride in themselves, while acquiring hands-on work experience. “This program isn’t just a summer job, it’s about self development” said Chavez.

Since its launch in 2001, the ITEP/POLA Internship Program has grown from 15 companies and 15 International Trade Academy (ITA) students to this year’s class of 54, which includes participants from all four ITEP Academies at Banning High School.  This year 35 companies and organizations are participating. In addition to the Port of Los Angeles, which alone takes 14 interns in nine of its departments, other selected maritime industry employers include ACTA, APL, Cal Cartage, SA Recycling, Moffatt & Nichol, U.S. Coast Guard, and Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals.  For the first time this year, the Program will welcome three Global Business Academy (GBA) interns from Carson High School to participate in the Friday workshops.

An exciting development this year is the addition of Gabriela Perez as the new Intern Coordinator.  Perez will take over for Cynthia Jaime who set the bar in terms of program implementation and became a fixture among the Banning students. In her final year at UCLA, Gabriela is a product of the ITEP/POLA Internship Program. In 2006 she interned in POLA’s Financial Management division. Chavez noted, “I always hoped to close the loop, see a student complete the program, attend college, and  give back to the program.”  Over the past four years at the annual Internship Culmination Ceremony, students have given their heartfelt thanks to Jaime’s dedication and commitment to ensuring their success in completing the program. Soon Gabriela Perez will be receiving her own kudos from students.

Working alongside Chavez and Perez this year is Eli Romero, Program Specialist in the Youth Opportunity Center of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.  Eli has done a phenomenal job in recruiting employers for the program, as well as assisting students to be successful in their internships.

ITEP thanks everyone who has helped make this program successful, including the 35 employers who are hosting our interns. Chavez notes, “We can’t turn students around in two months, but we can give them a whole lot of ideas to turn themselves around. Hopefully every student learns something and carries it with them.

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Earth Alert Academy Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

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Harlene Stanley, ITEP Program Manager

The students and staff from the ITEP Earth Alert Academy at San Pedro High School, celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day 2010 in April, with major on and off-campus events that generated interest and awareness for the “Green Generation.” More than ever before, young people are getting involved in taking steps in their schools, homes and neighborhoods to protect the environment by recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans, volunteering for coastal clean-ups, and exploring the possibility of entering into green jobs and careers in the future.

To celebrate this event, 40 San Pedro academy students were able to tour the US Coast Guard Base on Terminal Island and discover how the Coast Guard not only actively participates in search and rescue efforts, but also in the protection of natural resources by eliminating environmental damage associated with maritime transportation, fishing, and recreational boating. Recent news about Coast Guard efforts to clean up the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico highlight the determination these men and women have when it comes to caring for the environment.

Earth Alert students were also able to visit SA Recycling to see how scrap metal is recycled, as well as how automobiles are broken down and recycled. Students were able to see up-close that recycling helps to protect our natural environment and save precious resources. SA Recycling has also joined forces with the Earth Alert Academy to set up an on-campus recycling fundraising program for plastic bottles and aluminum cans – definitely taking steps in the right direction.

Other on-campus events included the exhibition of the Los Angeles PORT Mobile TransPORTer, a 53-foot fully-contained, mobile exhibit featuring exciting, hands-on activities for students. Telling the story of the Port of Los Angeles, the TransPORTer exhibit featured interactive displays focusing on the history, jobs, cargo, equipment, environmental programs and future of the nation’s number one container port.

Guest Speakers from local organizations included Mike Schaadt, Marine Aquarium Administrator of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, who had a presentation on “Careers in Marine Biology and Oceanography,” as well as displaying live grunion for students to interact with.

Students were able to get information from the Bird Rescue Center, the second of two new California oiled wildlife centers. Represented by Mr. Dave Weeshoff, who spoke about the center located in San Pedro, and operated by the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) and overseen by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN). IBRRC has cared for over 140 species of wild birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Nancy Felix, from SA Recycling, spoke to students about “Air Quality Improvement,” and SA’s, Craig Andrich, demonstrated how SA recycles scrap metal.

The US Coast Guard was represented by LTJG John Strickland, who spoke on “Environmental Careers in the Coast Guard,” and Alex Warwood, with a display of Coast Guard opportunities and careers.

Lieutenant Commander Peter Fischel, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, showed how NOAA works with the Coast Guard, who helps them with logistics as they coordinate necropsies on whales.  NOAA uses that information in the quest to mitigate whale/ship interactions.

The day-long event concluded with students having the opportunity to complete written pledges for “A Billion Acts of Green,” Earth Day’s way of mobilizing the power of people to create change by taking small steps. Each student was encouraged to write down at least one thing they would do to help protect the environment.

Cassandra, a 10th grade student from San Pedro’s Earth Alert Academy, when speaking at the ITEP Annual Dinner on Earth Day, said, “Now we’re ready to seize every opportunity presented to us to help make a positive change. Whether it’s at San Pedro High School, or somewhere else in the world, all that matters is that we’re helping make the world a better place. Thanks to our gifted teachers and administrators, who have opened our hearts and our minds to the environment. We are thankful for what we have learned, and are excited for whatever it may be that San Pedro has for us next. So get ready, because once you get us started, we’ll never stop!”

Go Green Generation!

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