Hey Kids: You Can Help Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Win a $100,000 Grant From Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green!

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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots has big news to share! Its Native Americas Program on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is in the running for a very special grant! And kids around the country decide who wins the $100,000 first prize.

The Roots & Shoots Pine Ridge program from the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) has been selected by Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green as a recipient of funding. Roots & Shoots Native Americas Program is among the five programs that have been chosen for their environmental efforts. Roots & Shoots is JGI’s global environmental and humanitarian program for youth from preschool to college with nearly 150,000 members in more than 120 countries.

From now until August 20, kids can vote on the Friends for Change website to help Disney decide how the first installment of $1 million in donations this year will be distributed among the five programs. Roots & Shoots Native Americas Program will receive a portion of this installment. The amount depends on the percentage of votes earned – first place gets $100,000, so tell the kids and adults in your life to get involved and vote today!

It’s easy to vote for the Roots & Shoots Native Americas Program. Here’s how:

  • Log on to Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green website, create an account and cast your vote weekly! Suggestion: Mark your calendar with voting as a weekly “to do,” and cast your vote each week.
  • Update, tweet and otherwise encourage your friends, family and contacts to vote for us on your social networks. Here’s some text you can use for your social networking sites:
    #rootsandshoots on the Pine Ridge Reservation is up for Disney’s Friends for Change Grant. Currently we are in 2nd place. Help us win and VOTE today! http://bit.ly/disneyf4cvote

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is one of the poorest areas in the United States with an annual per capita income of less than $7,000 (USD). The economic challenges facing this remote corner of the country have resulted in significant environmental degradation. To help address the social and environmental issues afflicting the community, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Native Americas Program is creating clean, green community spaces; promoting healthy, sustainable lifestyles; and working with the residents to preserve, restore, and create natural and cultural resources, like community gardens, on the reservation. While Roots & Shoots staffers work with the entire Pine Ridge Indian Reservation population, an emphasis is placed on engaging and empowering elementary and middle-school aged students given the local drop-out rate ranging from 50 to 70 percent.

“The Roots & Shoots Native Americas Program needs your vote,” said Maureen Smith, president of the Jane Goodall Institute. “With your help, Roots & Shoots can win critical funding that will enable its members in Pine Ridge to continue—and expand upon—their amazing efforts in a community facing enormous hardship.”

About Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green
Disney's Friends for Change: Project Green is a multiplatform initiative that helps kids help the planet. Through the program, kids can learn practical ways to help the environment, get their friends involved,track their collective impact and have the opportunity to help Disney decide how $1 million in donations to various environmental causes will be made over the course of a year. Kids can join online at www.Disney.com/projectgreen, where they'll pledge to take simple everyday actions, such as turning off the lights and switching to reusable water bottles, and find out more about why these actions matter.

About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.

About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With tens of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org.

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