So How’s Everybody Doing?


Hey Friends,

If you’re feeling anything like me right now, things may feel completely topsy-turvy and out of your control. At this very moment as I type, I have two young kids climbing over me wanting to see what I’m doing as I try to work. I’m wondering if it’s safe to walk past my neighbor on the street or if I should cross it as I walk to get some exercise and fresh air. I’m wondering and worried about how all of my family and friends all around the world are doing. I’m upset about my son’s birthday party that I had planned in June. I’m wondering if we’ll be able to do it at all?

Control is such an interesting thing. While there are things swirling around outside of ourselves that are no doubt outside of our control, if you think about it, there is still so much that is actually within our control.

Kamilah loves photography and capturing the natural world around her.

That neighbor I pass on the sidewalk…even if the advice is to keep my distance, I can still smile and say, “Good Morning.” Thanks to technology, I can call, text, video chat anyone that I’m thinking about at any time. I still can’t control what happens with the birthday party in June, but I can come to terms with the fact that there’s not much I can do about right now and instead choose to focus on and be present with what happiness I can create.

Kamilah’s kids social distancing while getting some fresh air and exercise.

There are signs of hope all around us. People are learning more and more about how we’re truly connected to everything around us, we’re finding new and creative ways for connection with each other, maybe we’re starting to really think about the stuff we buy and having some real reflection about things we really need. Whatever the case, most of us are being forced to take the opportunity to slow down. Even in all of this, I can’t help but to feel that’s a good thing.

Since you’re here as part of our Roots & Shoots family that spans all U.S. States and over 60 countries, there a just a couple of things that I want you to know:

  1. You will always have a community of compassion and hope in this Roots & Shoots family. When you need kindness and inspiration, know that this is your place. We are your people. We are a family of believers and doers.
  1. If you’re Roots & Shoots you are many great things, but most importantly in times like these, you’re adaptable & resilient. We’ll get through this together ?.

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Our small but mighty team is here for you today, and always. Drop us a line on social, email, wherever, anytime you need hope, inspiration, or support.

“Together we can, together we will.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

Kamilah Martin
Vice President
Roots & Shoots USA

About Author

Kamilah Martin is the U.S. Vice President of the Jane Goodall Institute’s international youth program, Roots & Shoots, where young people are empowered and supported to use the gift of their lives to make a positive difference in the world for people, animals, and the environment. Kamilah brings to this role 15 years of experience in program and organizational development, education, and philanthropy. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. Kamilah has spoken to audiences all over the world, from the United Nations in New York City to the Global Student Leaders Summit in Costa Rica to virtual seminars that reach Australia and Ghana. She is in her happiest place when she is experiencing the beauty and peace of nature or supporting people, especially young people, in reaching their fullest potential.