Uganda
In an effort to try and reduce on the percentage of girls dropping out in schools and to promote peer educators, the Jane Goodall Institute in partnership with the Nike Foundation and assistance from the Uganda Youth Anti-Aids Association (UYAAS), had a pilot project on peer education and guidance training workshops in the districts of Bushenyi, Kabarole and Kyenjojo in September. The Workshops targeted primary five girls in the Roots & Shoots programme and senior female teachers in schools. Each school was represented by two girls and a senior teacher. Objectives: To introduce girls in the Roots & Shoots groups to peer education. To equip girls and teachers with knowledge on reproductive health. To equip girls with skills of how to deal with problems associated with the youth. To equip female teachers in schools with knowledge on how to relate with the youth . To train female teachers and girls in Roots & shoots groups on how deal with HIV/AIDS
United States
This project is designed to increase/re-establish wildlife habitats in areas that have been cleared due to construction. We get as many trees and plants from construction sites before clearing (with permission) and transplant them elsewhere. We are learning about proper techniques for harvesting and transplanting, needs of various plants, plant identification which plants are most beneficial to wildlife (ex. sumac, beauty berry, American holly, live oaks) and the importance of creating a habitat with multiple levels (canopy, understory, shrubs and ground covers).
United States
We have created a project to reuse dog and cat food bags by turning them into reusable shopping bags. These bags typically hold 20 to 50 pounds of food making them extremely durable. Additionally, they are waterproof to keep the food dry making them durable for groceries as well as a nightmare for the landfills. The participants are learning how to identify resources to get the bags, marketing skills, sewing and interpersonal skills. We are involving a local community mental health agency to teach usable skills and help them develop a program to raise funds for the agency.
United States
As part of a Tamalpais High School project, Roots & Shoots member, Alexis, offered to design T-shirts for the Tenderloin Green Thumb Eagles. The Eagles had previously planned to sell brownies and lemonade to raise money for team T-shirts. Alexis donated $100 of her own baby-sitting money toward the project, and took hours of her own time to research and design four different T-shirts which she presented for selection by the Eagles. On September 20th, the Eagles met and voted unanimously in favor of one design printed on a natural fiber shirt, using the Roots & Shoots logo on the front and the team name on the back. In total, the cost of 18 shirts approximated $275. With Alexis' donation, the group still needs to raise $175. We planted more flowers on our rooftop garden that afternoon, and made further plans for our bake sale fund raiser.
United States
On October 11th, a windy Saturday, the Eagles gathered in Dolores Park to sell pink lemonade along with cookies and brownies to raise money for the cost of their T-shirts. In preparation, the Eagles made two posters, discount coupons, and fliers to advertise the event. Several mentors with the Glide family youth program donated cookies for the event. In addition to raising $77, the Eagles tallied their earnings, helped with set-up and tear-down, including recycling, and offered free samples to people gathered in the park, including those less fortunate and without homes. The group also provided water to thirsty dogs, played soccer and enjoyed the park swings.
United States
On October 18th, team Captain, Mauricio, and his mentor, spent time handing out free cups of lemonade to people walking down the street outside the Eagles' home base in the Tenderloin. Within an hour, we had given nearly two gallons of cold lemonade to dozens of smiling Tenderloin residents.
United States
Central Intermediate Roots and Shoots did a spotted salamanders contest and filled out postcards. For our contest we had kids do a poem, essay or picture about the salamander in its habitat. Students did a very good job at participating in this contest. For our postcards we had them filled them out and they got prizes for every postcard they filled out. By the last day we filled them out we were out of postcards! Kids at C.I.S have been doing a great job at participating in Roots & Shoots projects!!!
United States
Our group of 25 students supported the holding of the first annual VegFest in Ukiah, by doing all of the set-up, clean up, and preparation of vegetarian food for several food booths at the event, as well as cultural performances. The goal was to promote vegetarian food to the residents of Ukiah, where our group is located. We invited Howard Lyman (aka the Mad Cowboy) to speak at VegFest, we had students dressed up in a cow costume, we showed a film about factory farming, and we had some cooking demos. During the event, only non disposable plates, cups, and utensils were used, and we made sure to recycle and compost. The result: over 300 local people attended the event and all seemed to enjoy it, it was given positive coverage in the Ukiah Daily Journal.
United States
Using origami whales in support of protecting humpback whales: Dry Creek R&S participated in Tower School's Operation Humpback Help - a request for people to make pods of 50 origami whales and send them to Dr. William Hogarth, Chairman of the International Whaling Commission, and The Honorable Ryozo Kato, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, in support of a ban on hunting humpback whales. Upon seeing that the GGNRA's Endangered Species Big Year conservation action item for humpback whales is to contact the Gulf of the Farallones, Cordell Banks, and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries to ask them to implement a speed limit for large vessels when whales are present in order to reduce the threat of ship strikes we decided to enlist the help of families attending Kids Can Make a Difference Day in September. At the Dry Creek R&S booth we educated people about the threat of ship strikes to humpback whales and asked them to make an origami whale in support of a speed limit in national marine sanctuaries. We then wrote letters to each of the superintendents and included a subset of the origami whales with each letter.
United States
As mentioned in our "Doc Quack Wildlife Volunteers" project report, we participated in an "It's Your Tern" program in April, helping to create nesting habitat for the endangered California least tern which was soon due to arrive for the breeding season. In September we returned to help clean up and remove invasive stink wort from the island to begin to get it ready for next year's breeding season. We were thrilled to learn that 65 pairs of California least terns migrated from their wintering grounds to nest on the island at the Hayward Regional Shoreline and that they produced ~73 fledglings! This season also had the first three egg least tern nest and a pair of threatened Western snowy plovers nesting on the island who produced fledgling triplets.

Pages