Roots & Shoots Malaysia Award
The Roots & Shoots Malaysia Award is a youth achievement award that delivers positive impact on young people by promoting personal growth and development of soft skills that will make them valuable and contributing citizens of the planet. It recognises young people who complete a series of volunteer activities that are centred around the core values of respecting, protecting and nourishing all living things. 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 region of Peninsula Malaysia.
This is a service-based award designed to encourage young people to commit their time towards serving causes that are much bigger than themselves, and in doing so - develop character building attitudes that create well rounded adults. It runs in line with what Roots & Shoots is all about : going beyond awareness. While any person can claim to be aware about a problem - it takes an exceptional individual to recognize their part in the solution and doing something about it. This is the kind of person the programme hopes to nurture.
The Roots & Shoots Malaysia Award works to promote the spirit of volunteerism in young people, engaging their heart in being passionate about an issue, their heads in thinking about an issue - and ultimately their hands, in being proactive and being a part of the solution on a local scale. RASMA aims to inculcate the mindset that every person CAN make a difference. While environmental problems are a global issue, it is the hope of R&S that RASMA will help young people realise their power in making a change wherever they are.