Week Three Updates from CYES Sites!

Fairfield

Fairfield Week 3 - Lightbulb change

Week 3 has now begun. As the “Fairfield Force” we had 34 Green House Calls (GHC) in week 1 and 50 in week 2. To set the ultimate goal we are shooting for 80 GHC in week 3. With our very educated Energy Specialists (ES) in Fairfield we can accomplish this goal and knock the houses down. The city of Fairfield has been so cooperative with everything that we are providing and the installations that are being done. Left and right we walk and people point us out and put a good word in for us. We get appointment after appointment and every one receives our services.

Said By Schetar Akoto (ES) “This has been an amazing experience. I love going out there and making the changes the community needs. Seeing the amazement on the clients faces and the happiness and relief after we are done. In a recent home the lady told us that her bill was in the triple digits and she loved everything that we did to save her money. I took the initiative to tell her that I will check back for an update and see how shes doing with the CFL’s and how that bill is doing. All in all I love my job, I love what I do, and I’m very excited that they are all free.”

Said By Steven Carpenter Jr. (ES) “Free, Free, Free. When clients hear that it’s free they jump onto our program right away. I love the experience that I am getting through Rising Sun everyday and all the efficiency that is being spread through the city of Fairfield and Suisun. I have taken an interest in CFL’s and everything that we are installing. Our site is great and my partner Schetar has been fantastic. We make a great duo that keeps going and installing every fixture that has an incandescent.”

It’s A Great Week To Save Some Energy!

-Nawid    

Hayward

Hayward Tree Planting - Week Three

This was an exciting week. We had our Hayward tree planting event, where we all learned how to correctly plant and care for trees. Not only did we have a full schedule of appointments but we also made time to thank the earth by planting a tree in order to offset the driving we do during Green House Call appointments. Then in a couple years we can go back and show our kids and grandkids the tree we planted and explain the importance of giving back to the environment. Apart from that, the site competition is getting very competitive. Last week two Energy Specialist won a gift card to Cheesecake Factory which caused everyone else to work harder. All four teams are looking forward to winning the prize this week.  

-Maria

Fremont

Fremont Week 3 - ES sorting materials

 

Fremont’s site is rising up to it’s challenge of breaking the current Green House Call record of 362.  All of the teams are comfortable with each other which provides great adaptability, initiative, and teamwork no matter what the cost is. We’re pushing our ESes, driving them to be faster and stronger as they get through every appointment. It’s critical that they do this because they have the potential schedule of doing five appointments a day. When there’s downtime, we send our Energy Specialists out canvassing trying to schedule more appointments or helping out around the office, especially with breaking down the torchieres.

-Geron

Vacaville

This week we improved by a lot. we wound up hitting the 103 mark. I’m very excited and proud of my Energy Specialists because of their hard work. Professional development went great for us last week. My Energy Specialists also improved on their time management and better quality on the Green House Calls. So far so good for my site. We have the best site and staff and we are not afraid of any challenge. Some of my Energy Specialists have had cancellations and have come back with seven more appointments just from canvassing. Top That!!! Thank you for checking in with the Vacavillians.

-Steven

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News from Antioch, Richmond, Dublin, and Martinez CYES sites!

Antioch Week 3 - Azalea and Ifeoma

Antioch Energy Specialists Azalea & Ifeoma preparing to go on a Green House Call

Antioch

 

It was an awesome week three at the Antioch site. We are moving right along on our green house calls with a record number of 87. The Energy Specialists (ESs) are working very hard to surpass the goal of the organization by servicing as many of their family and friends with Green House Calls as possible.

Our first professional development was Friday and it went great. We learned about our identity statement and how we can better communicate with future employers by promoting our best skills and attributes. We also, enjoyed a donation of lunch from Chipotle Mexican Grill. It was very nice to eat and learn at the same time.    

-Brandon

 

Richmond

 

The Richmond Squad has been hustling very hard this week in order to help our community. Each team has mastered, or is on the verge of mastering, the arts of energy efficiency and have provided information about CFL light bulbs that astonish the clients. Also with the help of our energetic Outreach Manager, Grant, we were able to set up a Rising Sun dojo at a shopping plaza. People walking past were curious about our presence and teaching of what we call the “Green Life” and asked if they can be taught. Many were frightened but with the expertise of our Squad we were able to sign up at least 15 people in one day. Marking this week as one of the greatest weeks of all! We doubled Green House Calls from last week and yesterday we were able to service at least 17 houses. As a Squad we are trying to push our limits in order to teach our community the way of the “Green Life”. Richmond Squad!!!

-Souriya

 

Dublin

 

It has been another extremely busy, yet productive week here at the Dublin office of California Youth Energy Services! We have had cancellations here and there, but community outreach efforts from the entire team have kept us on track to exceed our goals for the amount of clients served this summer. So far, our total count for completed Green House Calls is approaching 100, and our incredible team of Energy Specialists have recieved excellent feedback for their professional demeanor within the community. As the summer is progressing and our team is becoming more time efficient, we have been able to schedule more and more appointments daily so we are able to reach every enthusiastic Dublin resident who expressed interest in our program. This week, we will be attending the Emerald Glenn Farmers Market to book our last remaining appointment times for the year. We hope see you all there!

-Jason

 

Martinez

 

Martinez Week 3 - Charlotte and Marcus - week three winners

Charlotte and Marcus – winners of the week’s referral challenge!

Standing in front of the Energy Specialists (ESs) after a long day of Green House Calls, the managers were preparing to announce the winners of the referral competition that had been going on for that week. Silence engulfed the room with anticipation and every ES listened attentively for the hope that it would be them. Finally the managers proclaimed with a grin “Charlotte and Marcus are the winners!” Both ESs stood up and happily accepted their Starbucks gift cards. The ESs that did not win fretted not, because they would have another chance to win a gift card for week three, and soon we will have another team victorious. Besides the competition the “Martsians” continued their best efforts to spread the word about this amazing free program. The Outreach Manager and LIFT even helped participate at a food bank and were able to get over 30 referrals while volunteering to feed people! Yes, it seems that our Martisian adventurers have been striving for excellence and going against any adversity. Week three approaches its end and along with it a mid point to this summer program. how will our Martisians do with another week gone by?? Stay tuned as we continue the MARTISIAN ADVENTURES!!!

-Juan

 

 

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A CFL is Only as Bright as its Dimmest Coil. . .

Pleasanton Week 3 - Wii E-waste

WE ALSO COLLECT e-WASTE! OR SHOULD I SAY Wii-WASTE? LOL

Pleasanton

The Pleasanton site has serviced almost 100 houses as it moves its third week. We have been tabling to promote our service at 80’s Night on Main St, the Pleasanton Library, and the Pleasanton Senior Center. Thank you to all those who signed up! Our Outreach Manager, Robbie, and a group of Energy Specialists got to plant a tree at Stoneridge Mall! Tight! When they aren’t occupied with Green House Calls, our Energy Specialists (ESs) are either out trying to schedule more appointments or lending a hand around the office. So far, the teams have all been getting along well and are more confident now that they have a good amount of experience. We will be switching up the teams soon, however, to give the ES’s a chance to get to know and help one another. After all, a CFL is only as bright as its dimmest coil.

-Kennan

 

Dublin

It has been another extremely busy, yet productive week here at the Dublin office of California Youth Energy Services! We have had cancellations here and there, but community outreach efforts from the entire team have kept us on track to exceed our goals for the amount of clients served this summer. So far, our total count for completed Green House Calls is approaching 100, and our incredible team of Energy Specialists have received excellent feedback for their professional demeanor within the community. As the summer is progressing and our team is becoming more time efficient, we have been able to schedule more and more appointments daily so we are able to reach every enthusiastic Dublin resident who expressed interest in our program. This week, we will be attending the Emerald Glenn Farmers Market to book our last remaining appointment times for the year. We hope see you all there!

-Jason

 

Oakland “Oa(klean)”

This week has been a very positive. The Outreach Manager has stepped up and has been collaborating with other community centers in orders to reach the public and has been very successful. He has contacted stores as well in order to do more outreach and continue the fluidity of the appointments. We also gave our referral victors (The Energy Specialists who got the most referrals at their Green House Call appointments) their prize which was a 10 dollar gift card to Fenton’s Creamery which they were happy to see. We decided to rotate the ES groups which has been good so far and hopefully it stays that way.

-Brandon

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Updates from Dublin, Union City, Pleasanton, and Fremont

Fremont Team Picture - Week 2

Fremont team looking serious

 

Fremont

 

I was given the chance to be one of the Energy Specialists for the whole day, “Oh man, I’ve missed being an ES.” We’re all working hard to provide the service to as many clients as possible, serving as many as four, maybe five appointments a day. At this pace, we should be hitting close to 100 Green House Calls by the end of this week. The ultimate reward for our hard workers is being able to say, “We did this. We accomplished our mission. We made our society that much more sustainable.” Of course a little pizza party is icing on the cake.

-Geron

 

Pleasanton

In our second week of Green House Calls the Energy Specialists really started to get into the swing of things. The week’s focus was on canvassing and outreach. Our youth were out in the field gaining important social and professional experience. They worked on their Professional Development and created Identity Statements that will, no doubt, aid them in the occupational world for years to come. Shout out to Energy Specialist Teddy for winning this week’s referral contest!

-Kennan

 

Dublin

 

I am proud to report that after a week of extensive training and practice, the Dublin site is off to another excellent start. We completed over 40 Green House Calls as of July 9, and already began to accumulate a large pile of old incandescent light bulbs and E-Waste to be properly disposed of. From the time I spent at the Farmers Market speaking with people in the community, I can tell that the city of Dublin is responding very positively to our efforts to cut back on residential water usage during the current drought.

 

This being our second year in Dublin, we have a long list of residents who we were not able to service during our program last year. Alfredo, our Outreach Manager, is working tirelessly to piece together a schedule of convenient appointment times for those who have been waiting since last summer. Meanwhile, our Site Manager, Dan, is actively working behind the scenes to ensure our office continues to operate at its full potential. Despite being short-staffed, this group of Energy Specialists is doing an excellent job of managing their time while working an overbooked schedule. That being said, I am greatly looking forward to seeing how the rest of this summer plays out!   

-Jason

 

Union City

 

This past week our Energy Specialists (ESs) at the Union City site have been very excited about all the Green House Call appointments they have been doing. To keep up with all the hard work that our ESs have been doing, we have started a friendly competition to see who can get the most referrals and scheduled appointments for this upcoming week. The team that gets the most referrals will win a Jamba Juice gift card, while the team that gets the most scheduled appointments will receive a $25 gift card to a place that will be named once the winner is announced. This incentive program is a great way for our Energy Specialists to have some fun while maintaining a professional work ethic. Stay tuned to find out which Energy Specialists are our weekly winners.

-Emilio

 

 

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Checking In with Hayward, San Rafael, and Novato CYES Sites

Hayward

Hayward Tree Planting - Week Two

The Hayward team planted a tree to help offset their carbon footprint!

Over the past two weeks we have served more than fifty homes in Hayward. Many interested clients have given us referrals as a result of our good work. Although there are still a few cancelled appointments here and there, we are able to pull through by canvassing. There is one Energy Specialist (ES) in particular, Maria, who is awesome at finding appointments on the spot. Due to her outgoing personality, the other ES’s are more comfortable doing door-to-door canvassing. I am excited to see individual growth as the summer progresses. Two different teams have won the weekly prize awarded to the team with a mixture of  the most referrals and on the spot appointments. This is a good way to keep all ES’s working diligently while also having fun and getting rewarded for their work.

- Maria G.

 

San Rafael

 

The San Rafael site had a highly productive past week with each team scheduled for five appointments a day. When not busy with Green House Calls, the Energy Specialists helped around the office without being asked. This was especially important as it allowed the Outreach Manager to leave the office to interface with the community without the site becoming less organized. The team switch (changing Green House Call partners) on Tuesday of last week only increased the positivity and effectiveness of the site. The San Rafael teams’ motivation will be further enhanced by the roll-out of a referral incentive program as well as a whole office party with the Novato site. The small but mighty San Rafael site continues to impressively serve the large territory of San Rafael and southern Marin County!

-Katherine

 

Novato

 

This past week, Novato’s Energy Specialists continued to impress their managers and community with their promptness and positivity. With once youth-phobic homeowners thrilled with the service they received and referring their friends to the service, the Novato site has truly been succeeding in their goal to service their city which is diverse in beliefs and interests as well as race and socioeconomic background. Outreach at venues like the Novato Farmers market, the food bank, and senior citizen programming has yielded great results with most teams having full schedules fully comprised of Novato addresses. Furthermore, collaboration between the Managers and LIFT for Novato and San Rafael has allowed the Outreach Managers at both sites to leave the office more frequently to advertise the program. Gearing up for the first team switch and professional development as well as a pizza party, Novato has alot to look forward to.

-Katherine

 

 

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Antioch and Richmond Teams are on a Roll!

Antioch

Antioch Week 2 - Two ESs mugging for the camera

We are moving quickly into our 2nd week. The Energy Specialists (ES’s) are very excited to get as many green house calls done as they can to receive the end of week GRAND PRIZE. As the Es’s compete neck to neck we must keep them healthy, so why not have a mid week party? Turn up or nah! Since the program started no one has ever missed a day of work because we are the best and we understand if we don’t make Antioch green, who will?  

Anyway, our first professional development will be this Friday. We are learning about our identity statement so we can better articulate our skills to employers. While we are learning, Chipotle has decided to donate lunch to us because we are just that outstanding. We play hard but we work even HARDER. Great second week from Antioch’s site, stay tuned as we continue to raise the bar.

- Omar

 

Richmond

Richmond Week 2 - ES with idea bulb

Richmond Squad reporting in! This weeks update shows that the Squad has become more efficient in educating clients and teaching the community why going green is important. The clients are becoming more and more comfortable with the Squad’s professionalism and are actually calling up their own family members and friends to enlist with the Squad’s cause. While our Green House Call numbers increase day by day the Squad has increased their measurement usage (efficient light bulbs, aerators, shower heads, etc.). Showing the commitment the Richmond Squad has in serving and teaching the community about how going green will save them money while teaching them how to save energy and water!! RICH SQUADDDD!!!

- Souriya

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Benicia, Vacaville, and Martinez Teams are Hard at Work!

Energy Ranger!

Energy Ranger!

Benecia

The Benecia “Energy Rangers” are going strong in our second week of Green House Calls! We have set ourselves team goals and are supporting each other. Our team values guiding us through are: Each ranger gives 100%, have your partner’s back, pass the mic, and clean yo’ mess, just to name a few. The Rangers have come up with a mascot for our outreach, but we are still in production. This picture is a glimpse at where we are heading and our mascot’s future looks as bright as the CFL’s we are installing! Our mascot will represent our team’s integrity, our concern for the environment, and our passion for working with the community. Not only will we get the attention of homeowners and renters in our community, but also children, with whom we can share our knowledge and further their own interest in what it means to be Green. Stay efficient! -Dharshini N.  

 

Vacaville Vacaville Week 2 - Goal Thermometer Hey, this is Steven reporting in for the Vacaville site. I assure you that my team is hard at work and we are very excited for our team. We just made the 54 green house call mark today and I’m very excited that my team has come so far. We had a rough start but we are knocking green house calls out the park now and we hope we’re able to get to 85 by next week! -Steven  

 

Martinez, AKA, The Martisians

Martinez - team having fun in the site office

As week two rolled up, the Rising Sun Energy in Martinez continued to vigorously fight for more Green House Calls (GHC’s). Knowing that this was the first time Rising Sun was in Martinez, they heroically accepted the challenge and with week two near its end, things were going smoothly. Installs were in high demand, “We installed almost 20 light bulbs today” said the ES to the LIFT, “Wow” he responded, “Wait, you said almost, how much did you actually install?”. The ES began to hesitate, silence surrounded the two, and just as hope seemed to dwindle, the ES coughed and said “sorry i had something in my throat. We installed 19 bulbs exactly”. The LIFT chuckled with a grin and said “That’s great! Keep up the good work.” The rest of the ES’s all smiled and nodded in agreement, acknowledging that they would try their hardest for good service and also try to outreach to more people. Every ES knew that getting more referrals would put them closer to the prize the managers promised to the team that got the most: a Starbucks gift card. Week 3 approaches. How will our Energy Specialist handle being on the job for 12 days? And which team will win the spoils of getting referrals? Till next blog :D -Juan  

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