By Intern Nikita
The last couple of months flew by so fast I just can’t believe my internship has now come to an end!
Looking back, I first want to thank Derek Sabori for inspiring Hailey and I. His passion for Volcom and his absolute enthusiasm and devotion for sustainability is truly contagious. I haven’t figured out how, but that’s every single day! No wonder he always catches the best waves in a session… nature pays back ;p
Throughout this internship, I’ve learned so much on how sustainability is implemented in a company, its complexity, but also how important it is in order to build the New Future. I first arrived not knowing too much about Volcom’s environmental policy. I now know the brand is truly committed to be more responsible.
Working in sustainability also means interacting with every department in the company and getting to know the people who work to always improve the brand. I got to meet great people here and hear about their stories at Volcom creating long lasting relationships. Not only professional relations, but also true friends. Today I hold Volcom in the highest esteem and just want to stay!
For the last couple of months I have been immersed in the board-riding way of life… a culture I feel apart of. WAVES – MOUNTAINS – STREET. That is my everyday inspiration and worth protecting… Let’s go shred!!!
The Intern Takeover is officially over Last week saw our last day at Volcom. This summer, interning with Derek Sabori in the Sustainability Department, has been incredible! I have learned so much about how a company works and specifically the challenges of implementing sustainability efforts into the company’s framework.
This being said, Derek has done an incredible job at working closely with every department and incorporating in his goals with the needs of everybody involved. Working along side him and Niki this summer has been a great learning experience as well as a lot of fun.
We got to work at events and in the office, meeting super cool people along the way. Being from the East Coast, getting to immerse myself in the California culture was an added bonus. The lifestyle and culture Volcom promotes, allowed me to feel at home while at work. I was able to make great connections and even make lifelong friends.
I will take Volcom with me wherever I go and I know I won’t be able to stay away for long! I’m so sad to leave, but I will always stay True To This!
A visit to our friends at Krochet Kids Intl.
By Intern Nikita
Wow, what a concept!
Co-founder Kohl Crecelius was kind enough to present us his organization and I was mind blown!
To make it short Krochet Kids is a non-profit on a social mission. On top of the fact that they make awesome products and clothes, they seek to empower workers, focusing on women living in poverty around the world, by teaching them useful skills that will help them reach their dreams.
On a mission in Uganda, Kohl realized that poor people were sick of getting aid and what they really wanted was to work. By teaching crocheting, right now in Peru and Uganda, Krochet Kids changes the traditional vision of charity. They give skills and work! Kohl knew how to crochet and by teaching this skill he is now able to make a great difference.
Krochet Kids is committed to its workers making each one of them important. If you buy a product you can see who made it. If you like it, leave a comment on the person’s profile on Krochet Kids’ website!
I encourage everyone to take a look at their website as their concept is truly unique.
I personally am inspired by their work…
By Intern Hailey
From August 3-7 Volcom hosted a surf camp for the Save Our Youth Program. This organization provides kids academic advising as well as fun after school activities. In collaboration with SOY, we set up a four day surf camp where we taught around 20 kids how to surf.
On the 4th, Chris Bertish, an accomplished big wave surfer and paddle boarder, came to speak to the camp about how hard he had to work to get to where he is today. On the 7th, we set up a get together at the Volcom HQ to watch all the videos and look at all the pictures from the week. Overall, it was a fun week for everyone involved!
By Dane Jefferys, Volcom East Coast Marketing Coordinator
The final Summer Daze Beach Clean Up of the year took place last Saturday afternoon August 1st with Keepers of the Coast. Over 30 volunteers showed up to lend a helping hand in cleaning our beach and after 2 hours the crew picked up over 75 pounds of trash and 3,000 cigarette butts.
With three events taking place this summer, the series successfully picked up an enormous amount of trash off the beach. In total 12,000 cigarette butts were removed along with 405 pounds of trash.
These events have created a heightened sense of environmental awareness among the local beach community. It was awesome to see the same families participate at every event this year. Already looking forward to next year’s clean ups!
This Crew Stayed Until the Very End!
Jeremy Picked Up +700 Cig Butts to Earn a New Pair of ELECTRIC Shades!
Trash, Recyclables, and Cigarette Butts!
Courtney Picked up +10 lbs of Trash to Win the VOLCOM Prize Pack!
Just a Couple of Locals Helpin' Out
Thanks Mellow Mushroom Pizza!
The Ecology Center
is located in San Juan Capistrano. Evan Marks, the founder and executive director, was kind enough to give Niki and I a tour of the facility and share their values with us. They believe there is a lot every individual can do to reduce their environmental impact.
They offer a variety of programs that enrich the public and educate the youth. We were there while there was a camp going on. The kids were making crafts to help pollenate the farm located at the center.
We also made a donation to their cause and they gave us some beautiful signs to help spread their message in the Volcom Headquarters facility.
The Ecology Center is dedicated to the future and is a helpful resource for people to educate themselves on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Overall, it was a very interesting and educational visit. I learned a lot and loved seeing all the innovations they are coming up with. I would highly recommend checking it out if you ever find yourself in the San Juan Capistrano area!
As told by Bryce Blanton, Boys & Girls Club Laguna Beach
“When we brought the group of members from the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
to Volcom earlier this summer, it was a part of our skateboarding camp that we run all year round. The camp was started in 2013 as a way to teach members the basics of skateboarding as well as a way to grow the skateboarding culture in Laguna Beach in a fun and safe environment. We like taking our campers out to different skate-parks so they can experience different types of skate environments.
When we came to visit Volcom, we brought a group of 25 members where we worked with Intro 2 Skate
. The members were broken up upon experience levels. All of the members were able to skate on all of the different areas of the park and had an amazing time.”
Thanks Bryce! We’re STOKED you guys had a good time, and glad to see the groms shredding
Big thanks to our skatepark partners, Intro 2 Skate!
By Dane Jefferys, Volcom East
The second Summer Daze Beach Clean-up of the year with our partner, Keepers of the Coast, took place last Friday, July 10th.
After an intense afternoon thunderstorm postponed our first attempt, clear skies and record highs greeted us this time around. It was a successful event with over 60 volunteers participating throughout the evening. In two hours 3,000 cigarette butts, 150 lbs. of trash and 2 giant trash bags full of recyclables were collected off the beach.
It was great to see families participating together and parents teaching their young ones the importance of taking care of the beaches and being aware of our ecological footprint.
Volcom HQ had a take your dog to work day sponsored by the Orange County Humane Society.All employees were encouraged to bring their furry friends to work for a day.
We hosted a donation drive for the OC Humane Society. Shelters often run on donations and need all they can get from the generous community to take care of the animals they have.
In addition to the donations, Volcom also held a dog adoption at the office. We later found out that many of the employees at Volcom had adopted their dogs from the OC Humane Society and nearly couldn’t resist adopting another one.
So our event last week was cancelled due to this meanie of a storm, but…Volcom and Keepers of the Coast
are proud to announce the remainder of our 6th Annual Summer Daze Beach Clean-Up Series to be held in the Jacksonville and St. Augustine beach communities. The remaining beach cleanups will take place at the Jacksonville Beach pier July 10th, and August 1st.
Keepers of the Coast is a local non-profit founded in 2007, dedicated to educating the community on the diversity of natural coastal resources and encouraging stewardship in those communities. Over, the past 5 years hundreds of volunteers have participated in the Summer Daze beach cleanups and removed more than 125,000 cigarette butts and several tons of trash from environmentally sensitive coastal areas. To give back to the volunteers, we’re dishing out FREE pizza along with custom Summer Daze buttons and stickers. Get to work, ’cause the person who picks up the most cigarette butts off of the beach will win a prize pack from Keepers of the Coast, Volcom, and ELECTRIC!
This is the busiest time of year at the beach so come out and do your part to inspire the residents and visitors to join the clean beach movement going all summer long!! This is a 100% free event with prizes for participation that will leave everyone satisfied with the knowledge they made a positive impact on their community. We would like to thank our local partners Void Magazine, Aqua East Surf Shop, Sunrise Surf shop, and Mellow Mushroom for helping to elevate these community based events. With their help we hope to spread social awareness about the need to keep our local beaches clean for everyone who visits this beautiful city, as well and the people who live here.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
904 707 7531