Julien has played a leadership role in the 4-H Million Trees Project. While it began in San Mateo County, the Project has spread to 4-H clubs throughout the United States and abroad. Because of his interest in and dedication to tree planting, he developed a 4-H Personal Learning Project that would apply his interests and skills toward the organization of a tree-planting in the San Bruno neighborhood devastated by the 2010 PG&E pipeline explosion.
How has 4-H helped?
Through a dedicated effort to raise money, secure donations, bring together community residents, governmental agencies, area businesses and volunteers, the Re-foresting San Bruno project resulted in a successful effort to plan new trees in the San Bruno neighborhood. Julien used flyers, newsletters and a website to identify volunteers and donations for the project. He reached out to local students, organizations such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and local Lions Club to assemble a corps of tree planters. Tree wholesalers, hardware store owners, media representatives and the City of San Bruno were very supportive as well.
When I decided that I wanted to plant trees for my personal learning project, I thought I knew what I was getting into. After all, I had been planting trees with 4-H since I was 5. But there is a world of difference between showing up and being handed a shovel, and making the event happen. Particularly when you’re not just dealing with one customer – like a county park, but with 300 residents, grants organizations, city officials, tree wholesalers, hardware store owners, media representatives and more.
-Julien, age 13
Julien coordinated his efforts with 300 residents, grants organizations, city officials, tree wholesalers, hardware store owners, media representatives and 4-H members to plant more than 250 trees in April 2012.