Cleaning Up the Planet- All for His Love of Frogs!
Website: For The Love of Frogs
Justin has raised over $20,000 for his efforts to conserve land and to make the planet safer with less plastic and better water quality for the frogs and beyond. His mission is to CLEANUP THE PLANET all for his Love of FROGS!
Currently Justin is working on protecting 30% of our planet by 2030.
RAISING $730 to protect an Acre of Land in Ecuador with his Reserva Youth Council
CAMPAIGN GOALS COMPLETED:
1) RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT FROG DECLINE.
-RAISED $1,000 for a Worldwide Frog Art Contest with Save the Frogs! (COMPLETED)
-RAISED $1,000 for Roots and Shoots Project Awareness (COMPLETED)
2) CONSERVING WETLANDS AND RAINFORESTS.
-RAISED $1,000 for Save the Frogs! Re-frog America's wetlands project (COMPLETED)
-RAISED $2,000 for Save the Frog! non-profit (COMPLETED)
-RAISED $500 for Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles restoration cleanup (COMPLETED)
-RAISING $730 to protect an Acre of Land in Ecuador with Reserva Youth Council ($300 more needed)
Learn More Here: https://reservaylt.org/press
3) PLASTIC POLLUTION AWARENESS: TURNING TRASH INTO TREASURES
-RAISED $1,500 to transform 200 Pounds of Caps into a Bench (COMPLETED)
-RAISED $3,000 for Precious Plastic Machines and Molds (COMPLETED)
-RAISING $1,000 to purchase more molds, upgrade machines
4) MAKING AN IMPACT FOR A CLEANER PLANET
-RAISED $1,000 for Reusable Snack Bags for entire grade level (COMPLETED)
-RAISED for Reusable Napkins and Straws for entire grade level (COMPLETED)
-RAISED $500 for Composting (COMPLETED)
-RAISED $500 on toothbrush project (in progress)
-RAISING $1,000 for reusable water bottles
5) DREAM PROJECT
-RAISING $500 on an awareness project (children's book/newspaper/educational guide)
-RAISING $1,000 on creating an eco friendly gadget
Justin is saving up for his own froggy gadget. He'd like to work with a company and write a book or make an eco-friendly gadget like a frog toothbrush. He thinks that if can people think of the frogs and 'trash turned treasures' in mind.....it will help them remember to take care of the planet throughout their day.
Inspiring Others to Take Care of The Planet,
One Small Action at a Time,
By Being Brave, Determined, and Innovative.
MEET JUSTIN SATHER.
Justin’s like most 9-year-old boys: he loves to play sports, hang out with his friends, and build things. He also loves frogs, which might seem just like another ordinary thing- except he’s taken that love to another level.
FROGS ARE DISAPPEARING.
It all started in kindergarten, when Justin learned almost one-third of frog species are on the verge of extinction. He learned pollution, pesticides, contaminated water, and habitat destruction are the main causes for their decline. Knowing that frogs are indicator species, he recognized frogs are telling us the planet needs our help.
THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL.
Justin’s mom read a book to him titled, “What Do You Do with An Idea?” and as she saw his passion to create change, she supported his idea and they set out on a quest to tell the world- "The Frogs are Telling Us that The Planet Needs Our Help!"
Project Started April 2017
CHECK OUT OUR FIRST VIDEO: FIRST YOU TUBE VIDEO
Justin started selling toy frogs around the neighborhood. He recognized that incorporating science with art inspired others to listen. Through frog art and his own frog-themed shoes, his message quickly expanded from one neighbor to the next and increased through social media partnerships. As he raised awareness, he also raised thousands of dollars.
His first $2,000 was donated to Save the Frogs! non-profit. Justin’s passion for the wetlands grew and he became fascinated with the local Ballona Wetlands nestled away in his busy Los Angeles home town. He began setting up local cleanups and donated hundreds of gloves. On his 8th birthday, he invited his friends to the Ballona Wetlands to pick invasive weeds and discuss the harms of plastic pollution.
DR. JANE GOODALL AND PLASTIC POLLUTION.
Justin wanted to continue to tell the world that frog decline is a sign that the planet needs our help. He was inspired to join Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program. Justin presented his project to Dr. Jane Goodall at one of her events and she was very excited to learn how motivated and eager he was to help the frogs and the planet. Dr. Jane Goodall became a role model for Justin.
Dr. Jane Goodall told Justin about the dangers of plastic pollution and that if he was really brave- he’d focus his attention to this subject matter. Justin agreed to her challenge and so it was very fitting that he was published in an issue of Bravery Magazine dedicated to Jane. Bravery Magazine featured Justin for all of his efforts to help spread the message that healthy frogs indicate a healthy world.
Justin discovered ways to keep trash out of landfills. He switched to reusable snack bags and gave lessons on composting at Emerson Gardens. Justin learned how to recycle crayons, turn fishing line into bracelets, and transform plastic bags into doormats. He came across a little girl that melts 200 pounds of plastic bottle caps into a buddy bench that encourages kindness and new friendships.
TURNING TRASH INTO TREASURES.
Justin didn’t realize his love for frogs would turn into a passion for taking care of the planet. He became interested in recycling, but when he learned that trash can be transformed into other gadgets…it was like MAGIC!
That's why Justin says, "Turning Trash into Treasures is just like MAGIC!"
TURNING TRASH INTO TREASURES
ALL FOR THE LOVE OF FROGS
THE BUDDY BENCH PROJECT: 200 Pounds of Plastic Caps!
Justin eagerly asked everyone in the neighborhood to save him a box or a handful of caps. To his surprise, the neighbors, his school, the Westchester YMCA, and the Staples Center generously came to his aid. After months of collecting, Justin has almost reached his 200-pound goal and the caps soon will be transformed into a Buddy Bench for his school in Los Angeles.
THE PARALLEL PROJECTS: (The Parallel Projects Video)
On April 22, 2018 (Earth Day) a young 22 year old name Perise Forbi reached out to Justin asking for his help. He wanted to know if Justin could help him turn all of his plastic pollution trash into treasures in Cameroon. He started another a second Go Fund Me Campaign for the Parallel Projects to help fund this endeavor.
ALL FOR THE LOVE OF FROGS:
Justin wants to continue to spread his message about plastic pollution. He wants people to know that it only takes one small change in their life, something as simple as the type of toothbrush they use, to make a positive impact on the planet.
THE TOOTHBRUSH CHALLENGE:
Justin has been collecting toothbrushes from his friends, neighbors, classmates, workspaces, and local dentist offices. He is determined to inspire everyone to switch from a traditional plastic toothbrush to a more eco-friendly option.
JUSTIN IS ON THE RESERVA JUNIOR YOUTH COUNCIL.
Learn More Here: https://reservaylt.org/youthcouncil
KIDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD:
Justin wants to inspire other children to be brave and change the world for the better. And the better for Justin is a world full of colorful and vibrant frogs that add a little magic touch to our home – Planet Earth.
For More Information Visit:
Facebook: Justin Sather
You Tube Channel: Justin's Videos
Inquires: [email redacted]
TIMELINE OF AWARDS:
1) -His first $1,000 raised was donated to Dr. Kerry Kriger of Save the Frogs for his Re-Frog America Campaign. The Save the Frogs! team built wetlands in the La Plumas National Forest to help save the CA Red Legged Frogs.
Raised $1,000 to Build Wetlands in Las Plumas National Forest
2) -He then teamed up with PLAE Shoes, an innovative and eco-friendly shoe company that believes shoes should be creative and give children power to express themselves. Justin designed his own frog-themed shoes and was named Ambassador of their PLAE-It-Forward Program. He sold over $8,000 of shoes and earned another $1,000 for his Save the Frogs Project.
Ambassador for Go PLAE Shoes
3) -The money earned was used to build an outdoor classroom at Garvey Middle School in Los Angeles. Save The Frogs Coordinator, Kathlyn Franco, invited Justin to participate with the students to build an on-campus wetland habitat that will provide students with an increased opportunity for wildlife viewing of birds, butterfly, dragonfly, and of course frogs.
4) -Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger was so impressed with Justin’s progress that he set up a donation page for Justin and together they raised $500 to sponsor a Save the Frogs worldwide art contest. The purpose of the art contest was to help spread the message about the disappearing and decline in frogs through art to help inspire more people to make our world healthier for the frogs and future generations too!
Sponsoring a Worldwide Frog Art Contest
5) -Justin learned that the frogs are a sign that the planet needs our help. He was inspired to join Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program. It is an organization that is about making positive changes for people, animals, and the environment. In October Justin presented his project to Dr. Jane Goodall at one of her Roots and Shoots events. She was very excited to learn how motivated and eager Justin was to help the frogs and the planet.
Joined Dr. Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots Program
6) -Dr. Jane Goodall became a role model for Justin so it was very fitting that he was published in an issue of Bravery Magazine dedicated to Jane. Bravery Magazine is a publication for girls and boys that highlights brave role models and empowers kids to be their own kind of brave. Justin was featured for all of his efforts to help spread the message that healthy frogs means a healthy world.
Recognized for Being a Brave Kid
7) -Justin’s work has been recognized by the STEAM Journal and Camp Galileo for his determination for turning his ideas into reality through innovation and creativity.
8) -Justin now is featured as one of 100 Kid Hero Go Fund Me Campaigns and has earned over $2,500 and is using this money to support his two most current local projects:
9) Justin is dedicated to the local Ballona Wetlands that he drives past every day on his way to school. Justin has brought his Y Guides troop on hikes around the wetlands, spent many weekends restoring the habitat, and set up a wetland cleanup day with Loyola Marymount University alumni. He also donated over 50 pairs of gloves their for their upcoming Earth Day Cleanup 2018.
10) Justin’s also working on teaching his classmates about eco-friendly living. He is part of the National Youth Project Green School Committee. This month he bought hundreds of reusable snack and sandwich bags for his classmates at school to teach them about less waste. Project Green School awarded him a 2018 Green Difference Award for his efforts.
11) -Justin was selected as the Aquarium of the Pacific's 2018 Young Hero Award.
12) See the updates for the continued list of accomplishments and projects.
13) Justin donate Reusable Straws to his 2nd grade classmates
14) Currently, Justin is Collecting Toothbrushes - October 2018
So as you can see, Justin’s Frog Project goes much further than just saving the frogs. The frogs are a sign that our planet needs our help. Justin’s goal is to inspire other children to be brave and change the world for the better. And the better for Justin is a world full of colorful and vibrant frogs that add a little magic touch to our home – Planet Earth.
Thank you for all of your continued support!
- Mirdya Guerrero
- Kim Allard
- Gena DiBartola
- Marcela Rondani
- Cathleen Bergeron
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