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For the Love of Frogs

$19,826 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 330 people in 21 months
Created November 16, 2017
JUSTIN'S FROG PROJECT: For The Love of Frogs 
Instagram: @JustinsFrogProject


TURNING YOUR TRASH INTO TREASURES
ALL FOR THE LOVE OF FROGS

MEET JUSTIN.
Justin’s like most 8-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.

PLASTIC POLLUTION.
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. (Trash to Treasures Video)
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!"


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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, 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. Justin’s mom saw his passion to create change, so they set out on a quest to tell the world.

RAISING AWARENESS:
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.

RESTORING WETLANDS.
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.

200 POUNDS OF PLASTIC CAPS! (The Buddy Bench Project Video)
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.

KIDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD:
Justin’s 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.

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. 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 saving up for his own froggy toothbrush creation. He thinks that if people brush their teeth every day with frogs and 'trash turned treasures' in mind.....it will help them remember to take care of the planet throughout their day. Will you donate to help him raise money to get his own toothbrush made from recycled plastics? All for his love of frogs?



TURNING YOUR TRASH INTO TREASURES
ALL FOR THE LOVE OF FROGS

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For More Information Visit:
Website: www.ForTheLoveofFrogs.com 
Instagram: @JustinsFrogProject 
Facebook: Justin 
You Tube Channel: Justin's Videos 
Inquires: sheriannsather@gmail.com

Inspiring Kids to Take Care of The Planet,
One Small Action at a Time,
By Being Brave, Determined, and Innovative.
ALL FOR THE LOVE OF FROGS


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Project Started November 2017

You Tube Video #1 : 



You Tube Video #2:
Turning Trash into Treasures


You Tube Video #3:
The Buddy Bench Project


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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.

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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

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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

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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.



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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:

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A) 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.


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B) 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.


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9) -Justin was selected as the Aquarium of the Pacific's 2018 Young Hero Award.  

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10) Justin raised over $5,000 and he is using the money on Take Action Project to help the environment.

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11) Justin donate Reusable Straws to his 2nd grade classmates

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12) Currently, Justin is Collecting Toothbrushes  - October 2018
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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.





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Thank you for all of your continued support!

Justin

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A CRY FOR HELP FROM CAMEROON:

On Earth Day, the same day Justin presented the Buddy Bench to his school made from the 200 pounds of plastic caps he collected, he also received a special message from a 22 year old boy that lives over 8,000 miles away.

Perise, a 22 year old college student, was inspired with Justin’s passion for turning trash into treasures. He wanted to know if Justin would be able to collaborate with him to help him find a way to turn all of the trash in Buea, Cameroon into treasures.

He explained he became so overwhelmed with all the plastic that was being littered in his town. Perise started an initiative to start picking up all the bottles. It was going pretty well until the nearest recycling center closed down. He had collected over 8,000 bottles and they have been sitting in his yard and hadn’t moved for over 6 months and he’s lost ideas on what to do with them.

Justin instantly wanted to help Perise turn his all the bottles into treasures. He started asking anybody and everybody for ideas and has inspired Perise and the youth in his community to start

They’ve turned some of the bottles into flower planters, cap art, a water irrigation system and they have many more suggestions such as we eco bricks and bird feeders. One idea that really caught their eye was a company called Precious Plastic that invented a plastic shredder machine that shreds the plastic down and then it can be transformed and melted into cool gadgets such as bowls are jewelry. Currently, Perise and Justin are trying to find a way to get the machine to Cameroon and how to get rid of all those bottles. And the ultimate goal is to help transform his town with a proper recycling and trash system and to teach the youth and families ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
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THE BUDDY BENCH PROJECT:

Justin spent 7 months collecting plastic caps and had them melted down into a Buddy Bench for his school. The Buddy Bench is a space for kids at school to visit when they’re feeling sad, lonely, or just want to make a new friend; if you sit on the Buddy Bench, someone will come up to you to help lift your spirits.

From start to finish, this project has been a collaborative call to action for the community. Justin collected caps from classmates, neighbors, local YMCAs, Walgreens, Staples Center, Microsoft Theater, and even from several social media followers across the US. The furthest caps came all the way from Norway. And a big highlight was the Staples Center staff collected caps at the Elton John concert!

All together, Justin raised 210 pounds of caps. All 210 pounds were melted down into a buddy bench and Justin and the student council announced it to the school on Earth Day. The school’s principal, Mr. Brad Zacuto, congratulated him on a job well done.

Justin was able to fly to Indiana to watch the process of 210 pounds of trash turning into their school’s treasured bench.

As always, thank you for your generosity and your support! We’re so excited to keep sharing updates with you and we encourage you to comment or reach out to us on social media.

Stay tuned!
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It’s been an incredibly busy couple of months for Justin, and we couldn’t be more thrilled by the opportunity to get involved with some new projects! It’s Justin’s goal to Turn all Trash into Treasures… so we don’t plan on stopping any time soon!

We also have some exciting updates to share with you all:

Justin was awarded a 2019 Green Difference Award from Project Green Schools in Boston. He’s now the youngest member on their Youth Council (as a Jr. Officer) and even presented at the The 2019 Green Difference Awards Ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on May 10th.

He had the honor of meeting with the keynote speaker, Linda Brooks, who produced the documentary ‘STRAWS,’ that focuses and educates on the harm of single use plastics. Imagine how exciting this was for Justin! Him and Linda discussed ways to eliminate plastics and he shared his mission of Turning all Trash into Treasure.

Linda was very interested in Justin’s project, and had loads of questions about one of his latest initiatives- helping a 22 year old named Perise who has a similar mission out of Cameroon. For more information on Perise’s mission, and to see a video Justin created for him, visit @ecoperiseforbi on Instagram.

We’ll be back with more exciting updates soon! We can’t thank you all enough for your support and solidarity with our mission. Let’s leave no trace and continue Turning Trash into Treasure!

STRAWS FILM: http://www.strawsfilm.com/home
PROJECT GREEN SCHOOLS: https://projectgreenschools.org/
FOR THE LOVE OF FROGS WEBSITE: https://www.fortheloveoffrogs.com/
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We are so excited to share that GoFundMe has selected Justin as one of their Kid Heroes! Check out the feature they did on him for his efforts on turning trash into treasures – all for his love of frogs. Read the full story here: https://www.gofundme.com/cause/kid-heroes/story/390

Justin is so thankful for all of your support and says it's 'Turning Trash into Treasures is Just like MAGIC!' Please continue to share his campaign and spread the word about his mission about taking care of our planet! https://www.gofundme.com/savethefrogsproject
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