National Youth Leadership Council
“I was grateful that through this project people were willing to share their experiences with me.”

Grade: Senior in Bend, Oregon

History with Roots & Shoots: Five years with Roots & Shoots

Virginia is a home schooled senior in Bend, OR. This is her fourth year on the National Youth Leadership Council! Her favorite Roots & Shoots project is Elpis Art. Created in early 2020, the project is ongoing and involves hand-drawing designs onto cards to sell and raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute. She is passionate about pollution and environmental awareness and her annual July single-use plastic challenge directly relates to these issues. Virginia is encouraged by this project because it shows her that our everyday choices can make a positive difference in tackling pollution and awareness challenges. In her spare time, you may find her crushing routes at Bend Rock Gym, her team climbing gym, participating in a modeling photoshoot, or auditioning for an acting role!

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