Inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall’s message of Hope, Peace and that every single person can make a difference no matter how old they are, the Roots and Shoots Malaysia Award was created to give young Malaysians a platform to gain experience and volunteer with our partners in various fields, related to helping the environment, animals and human communities.
As Dr Jane teaches, it’s all about going beyond awareness and taking action. While any person can claim to be aware about a problem – it takes an exceptional individual to actively become part of the solution. This is the spirit of Roots and Shoots.
The Roots and Shoots Malaysia Award is created to:
- Recognise youths who complete a series of volunteering activities by going beyond awareness. While any person can claim to be aware about a problem, it takes an exceptional individual to recognise their part in the solution and do something about it.
- Promote the spirit of volunteerism in youths, engaging their hearts in being passionate about an issue/problem, their heads in coming up with a solution, and ultimately their hands in taking action to solve the problem.
- Deliver a positive impact on the youths of Malaysia by promoting personal growth and the development of skills that will make them a valuable and contributing citizen of planet Earth.
- The Award is open to all citizens and residents of Malaysia aged 16 to 25.
- All participants are required to volunteer at at least one partner organisation over a set period of 3 months.
- The online application period starts on 3rd April 2019 and ends on 30th April 2019.
- The Award Committee will contact all shortlisted participants for an interview.
- Selected participants will be required to attend a workshop hosted by the Google Earth Outreach team. This will equip the Award participants with key essential insights and tools into Google mapping technology.
- Thereafter, the participants shall proceed to carry out their volunteering activities between July and September
- Upon completion, participants will receive recognition in the month of November, based on the following level of achievement (total hours completed):
This year, the Award will be set around the theme of Voices of the Rainforest: Protecting Our Shared Heritage with a specific focus on the Central Forest Spine of Malaysia. Every selected participant will be able to volunteer at up to three (3) of our partner organisations. We are thankful to have on board:
- Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)
- Free Tree Society Kuala Lumpur
- Fuze Ecoteer
- Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS)
- Malaysia Primatological Society (MPS)
- Nuvista Media Sdn Bhd
- Perak State Park Corporation (Royal Belum)
- Persatuan Pelindung Harimau Malaysia (Rimau)
- Persatuan Rimba Komuniti Kota Damansara Selangor (KDCF Society)
- Project GreenSmiths
- Roots & Shoots Environmental, Wildlife Conservation and Humanitarian Society (Malaysia)
- The Habitat Foundation
- Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC)
- Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia (TCS)