Youth Council Launches New US National Parks Initiative

Shawn Sweeney
Initiative includes video contest for grants to support projects that protect wildlife and wild places.
This week, the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, JGI’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, launched a new US-based initiative seeking to protect the country’s network of national parks. These parks serve as national treasures providing crucial habitat to many important species of wildlife, and also places where young people and their families can spend time in nature. 
The initiative led by the NYLC seeks to encourage young people, many of whom are members of Roots & Shoots, to learn about national parks and their wildlife in the United States, whether they are in their own backyard or across the country, and plan projects that seek to protect them. Through invasive species removal, trail maintenance, public awareness and so many other kinds of projects, the NYLC is leading the vast Roots & Shoots network to protect these important wild places and their wildlife.
A special part of this initiative is a video contest where young people are encouraged to submit a proposal for projects they would like to lead in a national park. Video submissions are being accepted through March 4, via a special entry form on the Roots & Shoots website and will be evaluated by members of the NYLC. The top ten video pitches will be chosen and put forward to all of JGI’s network for voting. The top three videos will receive a $1,000 grant to support their project in a national park. 
JGI’s whole staff is excited about this new initiative from Roots & Shoots and the NYLC, and cannot wait to see what kind of impact it will yield for protecting US wildlife and wild places. 
Submissions are being accepted through March 4, 2014.

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