United States
We began by mapping our community and discussing perceived problems within our community. We discovered that there are a lot of resources to connect humans to other humans and even humans to the environment, but not a whole lot to connect humans with other species of animals. In our weekly meetings, we often meditate on our feelings to cultivation compassion within and empathy for others. Almost every week we hear from each other how animals bring us such joy. When mapping we saw that a lot of animals in our community were farm animals- used for their product and not for their companionship. We would like to raise awareness that all animals have feelings and can be part of the club when it comes to sharing love and joy. A message we would like to convey is that the language of love translates across all perceived barriers: religion, ethnicity, culture, race, gender, and even species. We have been learning about permaculture techniques and decided to apply them to a yard space that we have available to use. We mapped out the yard space and will build a chicken coop and pallet fence. We plan to plant raised bed gardens and a spiral herb garden. In this project, the children emphasized that they only wanted the chickens to be pets and not raised as a commodity. We will donate the eggs they lay to the local food shelf. In this way, animals and humans are connected in a humane way. The children also noted that humans and animals are connected through loving interaction; by holding and petting the chickens. They love them! We hope to grow lots of vegetables and fruit to donate to the food shelf as well. The chickens will keep the bug population in check so we have a high yield from our crops. The children will be hosting informational workshops throughout the summer to educate the community on small scale organic homesteading. They have applied the permaculture techniques which work in harmony with nature and hope to spread these concepts. We will know that campaign is successful when community members and organizations around town recognize the "Hero's Journey Club" and ask us to participate in their program or next event. We will document our findings with photos, video, and written articles or quotes. We aim to present and celebrate our success in early June during the Children's Flower Ceremony.
United States
We believe that it is imperative for us to teach students about the importance of giving back to their community. We believe that students benefit from learning and being exposed to many different kinds of experiences and activities. It is through these activities that they find that their actions have a direct impact on themselves, their families, their community and the world. This year, students will be tasked with creating dog toys, cat toys, dog treats and bed that will be donated to our many local pet shelters. In addition, we will be holding a pet food drive with all items also donated to local shelters and rescue facilities.
United States
We are currently trying to raise the funds to purchase a small portable building where we can teach our classes. Our facility is very "rustic" without power and running water so, the portable building will be wired for a generator to run lights and AC so everyone can learn out of the elements. We have already purchased the learning materials, a TV with a DVD player and VHS, we also have a very extensive library, over 300 books, videos & DVD's, that we will finally be able to share with people as we currently have nowhere to keep it. This project is ready to go, we just need the portable building.
United States
I will reach out to a local adoption center, Adopt-A-Dog, and organize an hour long presentation on animal discrimination as part of Diversity Awareness Week, a week celebrating and empowering young people to realize the power in unity and inclusiveness amongst people in a variety of areas. This presentation will present background on animal discrimination for certain dog breeds, be interactive for students to gain a better understanding of this issue by asking questions, and leave students enlightened and questioning their previous ingrained views on certain animals.
United States
We will welcome the pubic to come in, see what we do and meet the animals. We hope to gain new members, donations to help support the animals under our care and hopefully bring awareness to people about horse slaughter and how they can help Stop the Shipping of Horses to Slaughter in the USA.
United States
We will volunteer our time and donate resources at an event that draws parts of our community to participate in charity by appealing to their sweeter side - a chocolate festival! The funding raised will assist those in our area who are in need of medical care, food, and education.
South Africa
We would create a Power point presentation, outlining who we are, the work that we do, include some info on Jane Goodall, her life & work. We will then introduce the Roots&Shoots organisation, & give examples of projects already in progress. We will then get the interested individuals to come up with their own projects & we will then guide, assist & monitor their progress. This would be ongoing but probably need 1 year to visit all schools in our town.
United States
Our group would like to help the local community by donating and volunteering at a food pantry, help local animals by donating to and volunteering at an animal shelter, and the environment by holding a beach clean up.
United States
We will be growing a Jane Goodall Institute Base Camp and spreading the word about the Roots and Shoots Program and how people can get involved. We will foster the growth of Roots and Shoots in our community by encouraging people to join and letting them know exactly how. Then we will plan and hold a Roots and Shoots Festival to celebrate our accomplishments.
United States
Class Format: Time Schedule: 20-30 minute tour or film - the museum docent (if a child has some special needs, a parent, or someone will need to hold their hand during tour), 15-20 minutes of instruction of project for the day, pizza snack, 75 minutes of creating art. 2017 Program - First 6 months. Portland Art Museum - January____- “Real Animals being Silly Project - Bears and Rabbits - Draw with markers, crayon, colored pencils, coloring books. The work of Robert Bissell February ___- Valentine Empathy Craft Project - A card? Maybe a heart mobile? A red fluffy pillow? 1. Make a few Valentine’s card to someone that you know that care’s about you. 2. The beginning of developing “Empathy through Art” (or to someone you don’t know - will post pictures of elderly people in Portland who live alone and would love getting a card. We will give the children an envelope to send the card (or if a parent or Respite Foster care provider) wants to go with the child to hand deliver the card (maybe with a sweet treat, lunch to the elderly persons home this would be a marvelous way to model how to be empathic. (Brett - Empathy song) March____ Architecture Project - How to draw a home, your room that you sleep in? April ____ at the Portland culinary Academy - Project with be bakery decorating cakes - all kids will be shown how to use a pastry bag, (another opportunity to show “Empathy” and bring an elderly person what they make. MAY___ - Spring into Nature - This will be a group project with the kids. “Living in the moment” Patterns in nature - Film Andy Goldsworthy -“Rivers and Tides” June ___- Drawing and Painting class at the Portland Zoo.

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