Tree of Hope

Use This Resource to Visualize the Support Structures That Hold Up Your Dreams

In this activity, you will draw a tree that illustrates the root structure that supports you (the important people, things, and experiences that give you a foundation in life) and the shoots or limbs that represent the hopes and dreams you are branching out toward in your life.

Time Requirement

Approximately 40 minutes


  • Paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Optional: colored pencils, markers, or crayons

Full Tree of Hope Activity

You can use this PDF of the full Tree of Hope activity online, downloaded to your computer, or printed.
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Look at Dr. Jane’s Tree of Hope

Anti-Racist Reading List Copy 1


Dr. Jane chose to draw a special Beech tree from her childhood home in England. Notice how she labeled the roots with her support systems and the shoots with her hopes and interests. As you look at her tree, think about a type of tree a type of tree that has special meaning to you and how you would label your own tree. Are there any parts of Dr. Jane’s tree that especially speak to you? What parts of your tree differ from Dr. Jane’s?


Now it's time to make your own tree!

First, think about what kind of tree you will draw and why. Next, fill in your tree's roots with the people and things that inspire and support you. Last, fill in your tree's shoots with your aspirations and passions. When you're done, don't forget to tag us on social media @rootsandshoots with your Tree of Hope!

The 4 Steps to a Roots & Shoots Project

The Tree of Hope activity is a part of Step 1: Get Engaged, where you have the chance to learn more about the Roots & Shoots program and the topics you are passionate about. To learn more about the Roots & Shoots 4-Step Formula for designing and implementing a service project in your community, click the button below!
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