Since 2006, Roots & Shoots has been working with the Oglala Lakota Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Roots & Shoots Native Americas project works with the entire Pine Ridge community planting community gardens, doing Roots & Shoots projects and learning about traditional practices.
Now this project, along with 4 others, has been selected by The Walt Disney Company as a recipient of funding through Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green.
You can vote on the Friends for Change website to help Disney decide how the first installment of its $1 million in donations will be distributed among the 4 programs.
The Roots & Shoots Native Americas
will receive a portion of this installment. The amount depends on the percentage of votes earned – first place gets $100,000, so tell the people in your life to get involved and vote today!
Your vote will make a big difference in the success of this project. “Both elders and youth speak of feeling a disconnect with each other," said Jason Schoch, the coordinator for the Roots & Shoots program on the reservation. “Both express a wish to reconnect. The Roots & Shoots Native Americas project has fueled that reconnection between modern societies and preserving culture, between young and old.”
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.