The Shanghai Roots & Shoots program is part of a global network of localized non-profit organizations (NPO) that promote an active civil society in over 130 countries worldwide. Established in 1999, the Shanghai Roots & Shoots program encourages youths to become advocates for environmental and wildlife protection, as well as poverty alleviation and social initiatives by giving them the tools and support to carry out projects of their own design. In 2004, Shanghai Roots & Shoots became the only foreign affiliated non-profit organization formally approved by the government of the People’s Republic of China. Roots & Shoots exists in Shanghai as a broad network of organized student groups that affiliate with over 300 schools, ranging from primary to university level. Student volunteers organize hands-on projects that include citywide recycling drives, environmental educational initiatives, and poverty alleviation projects in neighboring provinces.
At present, our projects focus more on sustainable development. Some of the programs we run include the Eco-Office Program, YES Program, the KidStrong Program, the Organic Garden program, the Wutongshu Program, and the Home of Hope Program. Shanghai Roots & Shoots’ biggest program to date is the Million Tree Project. Our projects have seen tremendous success and are generally implemented on a long-term basis. We believe that these volunteers embody China’s growing enthusiasm for environmental protection. Shanghai Roots & Shoots continues to see the desire and demand for further environmental and humanitarian education and protection in China. Where we are today and where we hope to grow, can only be accomplished with the generous support of our sponsors.