The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) proposes to implement a youth prize program in honor of the 30th anniversary of Roots & Shoots (R&S), JGI’s global humanitarian youth program. In partnership with the John Templeton Foundation, JGI aims to elevate extraordinary projects led by visionary youth leaders through special prizes recognizing their achievements. The Templeton Roots & Shoots Youth Prizes will recognize young people around the world whose exemplary achievements bring together science, hope, and action to create transformational change in their communities and in themselves.
JGI looks forward to learning what a group of brilliant young people from around the world could do with public recognition and acknowledgement of their impact, access to media promotion and funding. Proposed activities include: (1) award 30 prizes of $5,000 each to an outstanding young person engaged in Roots & Shoots; (2) hold an international awards ceremony (potentially live and virtual); (3) provide them with training and networking opportunities; and (4) promote the inspiring stories behind the awards through traditional and social media. Deliverables include a global awards event, video profiles for each awardee, a global story map, media coverage for each awardee, and professional development trainings.
Ultimately, the project will raise the profile of 30 young people worldwide through the provision of cash awards, networking opportunities, media training, and coverage in both earned and social media globally.