Giant Peace Doves, Resources for Educators Expand Outreach
Since 2003, Jane Goodall has encouraged Roots & Shoots groups to build and fly Giant Peace Doves in honor of the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21). As part of the extraordinary worldwide event, peace doves have “flown” in China, Tanzania, Italy, England, Kosovo, Israel, Mongolia, the U.S., and scores of other locations. In 2003, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan joined Dr. Goodall in flying a Peace Dove on the lawn of the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
The Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council was established in 2003. The council includes 16 dedicated high school students from across the U.S. who act as youth ambassadors, working to strengthen the national Roots & Shoots community.
Roots & Shoots also offers resources to educators and those who work with youth. Its web-based program for teens,# Lessons for Hope, uses field notes, photos, and journals from Dr. Goodall’s early days at Gombe, along with her writings on hope and making a difference, to help students recognize their personal values and take positive action.
The Foster Care Handbook guides foster care and out-of-home care groups through the planning and implementing of a community service project and other skill-building activities. Roots & Shoots has distributed the handbook to more than 500 foster care professionals.