Adrienne Bermingham was selected by the Jane Goodall Institute to serve as the 2011-2012 Youth Leadership Fellow and to support the Institute’s environmental and humanitarian youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. Adrienne travels around the United States and abroad helping spread Dr. Goodall’s hopeful message that young people, when given the tools and motivation, can indeed change the
world. Through presentations, workshops and trainings, Adrienne is helping the Jane Goodall Institute inspire and engage the next generation of leaders today.
Two months ago, I was trekking through the Cedar River Watershed in Seattle, Wash. I was delighted to be spending a week of my summer with fellow Roots & Shoots Youth Leaders at the 2011 Youth Leadership Retreat. Every year, the retreat offers valuable training through workshops and service. This year’s service project in Seattle allowed Youth Leaders to study the effectiveness of local watershed conservation projects. Currently, participants are developing a PSA from the video footage that we captured during our visit.
It has been one month since I started as the Fellow. I came to this position after being involved with a
Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Council. Having the opportunity to spend time with the youth leaders, I
have come to learn what an incredible group of individuals they are - enthusiastic, passionate and inspiring.
One of the projects that I was extremely excited to help lead is the annual Global Youth Campaign.