FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      February 15, 2012

        Contact:  Shawn Sweeney
        Phone:    203.837.3260
        Email:      ssweeney@janegoodall.org


Arlington, Va. – Adrienne Bermingham, Canisius College alumna and Buffalo, N.Y., native, was recently selected by the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to serve as the international nonprofit’s youth representative to the United Nations (UN). As a UN Youth Representative, she will speak on behalf of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global youth program, at special meetings on UN activities. In addition, she will contribute her ideas and creativity to projects and initiatives that the Institute pursues with the United Nations.

Bermingham joined JGI in August 2011 as the Institute’s Youth Leadership Fellow. The fellow’s role is to support Roots & Shoots’ efforts to engage young people in projects that improve the environment and raise the quality of life for people and animals. Bermingham’s responsibilities include conducting trainings at schools, workshops and conferences; overseeing the Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Initiative; serving as a Roots & Shoots media spokesperson; and spearheading online outreach.

Most recently, Bermingham worked with Institute staff to develop and launch the latest Roots & Shoots Global Youth Campaign, One Million Hours of Service. The campaign, which emphasizes civic engagement, encourages young people around the globe to reach and record a total of one million hours of service. To launch and promote the campaign with Roots & Shoots groups and community leaders, Adrienne traveled to New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Calif., and New Orleans, La., and she will continue her outreach until the campaign ends in December.  Thanks in large part to Bermingham’s efforts, the campaign has already contributed 50,000 service hours.

In 2011, Bermingham graduated cum laude from Canisius College with a degree in political science and minors in anthrozoology and zoo biology. While there, she served as a senior fellow with the Canisius Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations and as the vice-president of the College Democrats. During her undergraduate career, Bermingham also traveled extensively, including a trip to snorkel on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and an excursion to howl with the wolves in the Canadian wilderness. 

Bermingham actively documents her fellowship experiences on the Roots & Shoots Fellow Blog. To keep up with her work, please visit fellowblog.rootsandshoots.org.

To learn more about Bermingham or Roots & Shoots Fellowships, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org/aboutus/fellowships. To learn more about the One Million Hours of Service campaign, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org/millionhours.

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 hundreds 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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