Roots & Shoots was founded by Jane Goodall, DBE in 1991, to bring together youth from preschool to university age to work on environmental, conservation, and humanitarian issues.[2] The organization has local chapters in over 140 countries with over 8000 local groups worldwide that involve nearly 150,000 youth.[3][4][unreliable source?][5] Many of the chapters operate through schools and other organizations. Participants are encouraged to identify and work on problems in their communities affecting people, animals, or the environment.[6] Charity Navigator has awarded Roots & Shoots and its parent non-profit organization, the Jane Goodall Institute, its highest four-star rating for accountability and transparency, with 78.1% of its expenses going directly to the programs.[7]

Founded1991; 33 years ago (1991)
FounderJane Goodall[1]
TypeNon-profit Organization
FocusEnvironmentalism, Conservation, Humanitarianism
OriginsDar es Salaam, Tanzania
Area served
World wide
MethodCommunity action, service projects, youth-led campaigns, networking with youth
Key people
  • Jane Goodall (Founder)
  • Erin Viera-Orr (Associate Vice President Roots & Shoots)
  • Adrienne Bermingham (Program Coordinator)
  • Stephanie Keller (Education Projects Manager)
  • Kamilah Martin (Associate Director)
  • Hope Martinez (Youth Leadership Program Manager)
  • Emily Rhodes (Education Manager)

    Origin edit

    Roots & Shoots was founded in 1991 when Dr. Goodall started giving talks at local schools in Tanzania. A group of 12 of her students, selected by their classmates, met with Goodall at her home to discuss their local environmental concerns and figure out what they could do to help.[8] These 12 students became the first members of Roots & Shoots, and the organization grew from there. Of the original 12 students, one eventually went on to serve as the Minister of Environment for Tanzania. Another became the Roots & Shoots' National Director for Tanzania.[9]

    Curricula edit

    The Roots & Shoots curriculum serves as an educational program designed for teachers and community leaders to implement with students and young people. Its primary objective is to facilitate the development of environmental, conservationist, and humanitarian initiatives aimed at enhancing local communities. The curriculum is structured for elementary, middle, and high school levels, with a focus on encouraging students to engage in service projects to cultivate a sense of service and leadership.

    The program promotes the creation of projects aligned with various campaigns and provides resources to assist in the integration of these initiatives into local communities. A core principle of the Roots & Shoots model involves utilizing science and technology to assess community needs and identify areas where campaigns or service projects can make a positive impact on people, animals, or the environment.

    Roots & Shoots also incorporates technology into its training methods, offering an online course titled "Turning Learners into Leaders: Empowering Youth Through Service Innovation." This professional development course is designed for community leaders, providing training in community mapping, fostering leadership skills in young individuals, collaborating with community stakeholders, and guiding young leaders toward practical solutions for community campaigns.

    Branches edit

    There are active Roots & Shoots branches in at least 27 countries, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Canada, Columbia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[10]

    China edit

    China has four main Roots & Shoots branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hong Kong that support over 600 primarily school groups.[11]

    Taiwan edit

    In Taiwan, Roots and Shoots has been established in many schools and universities. [12]

    United States edit

    Tulsa, Oklahoma edit

    Riverfield Country Day School[13] in Tulsa has implemented the Roots & Shoots program.

    Tucson, Arizona edit

    Empire High School[14] in Tucson has also implemented the Roots & Shoots program.

    References edit

    1. ^ "Roots & Shoots". Jane Goodall Institute.
    2. ^ "Roots & Shoots". Roger Williams Park Zoo.
    3. ^ "Jane Goodall: Sowing 'Seeds of Hope'". Huffington Post. 12 September 2013.
    4. ^ Saphir Lewis. "Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots". World Peace Emerging Blog. Archived from the original on 11 September 2015.
    5. ^ "Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots". Roots & Shoots.
    6. ^ "Jane Goodall toasts 20 years of "Roots and Shoots"". Reuters.
    7. ^ "Jane Goodall Institute". Charity Navigator.
    8. ^ "Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots - The Jane Goodall Institute". The Jane Goodall Institute. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
    9. ^ "Jane Goodall toasts 20 years of "Roots and Shoots"". Reuters. 19 February 2011.
    10. ^ "Global Offices - The Jane Goodall Institute". The Jane Goodall Institute. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
    11. ^ "Roots & Shoots offices in China". Shanghai Roots & Shoots. Archived from the original on 2013-10-16.
    12. ^ Taiwan Roots & Shoots"Taiwan Roots & Shoots".
    13. ^ "Riverfield Country Day School | Provide excellent education in a family-oriented atmosphere for Pre-School through High School | Tulsa, Oklahoma 74132". Retrieved 2019-12-03.
    14. ^ "Empire High School". Retrieved 2019-12-03.

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