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Awards, Accomplishments, & Projects

My name is Justin Sather. I am 12 years old and live in Carlsbad, California. I started Justin’s Frog Project to ensure our planet is healthy for my family, friends, future generations, and FROGS WORLDWIDE!


In kindergarten, I learned frogs were dying from pollution, pesticides, rising temperatures, and people cutting down their homes. When I discovered frogs are indicator species, I knew it was a clear sign that our planet needs help. Scientists say if we don’t change the way we treat our planet then our future will face some serious consequences.


My project started by cleaning and restoring the Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles. Then in third grade, I learned almost half the rainforests have been destroyed and could disappear in 100 years.  Since then, my project has expanded to protecting the rainforests in Ecuador with Reserva Youth Land Trust. As a Junior Youth Council Member of Reserva, my role is to fundraise to create the first fully youth-funded reserve and bring awareness that children have a voice and can impact the future.  So far, I’ve raised enough money to protect 60 acres of land on the reserve. My next big goal is to protect 100 acres and my overall mission is to continue to protect land and ocean until 30% of the planet is protected by 2030.


Another goal of Justin’s Frog Project is to protect the world’s rivers, oceans, and waterways.  Dr. Jane Goodall taught me the oceans are filling up with plastic pollution and there is only a short window of time before it is too late to fix it. I also learned there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish if we don’t change.  I started “The Parallel Projects Campaign” and I began working with my classmates and with students in Africa.



The Parallel Projects Campaign’s goal is to bring attention and create change to end the world’s plastic pollution problem. Our campaign started by upcycling over 8,000 plastic bottles with students worldwide. We turned them into treasures to bring attention to the harms of single use plastics. When The Ocean CleanUp reported 80% of plastic enters the ocean from 1,000 of the dirtiest rivers in the world, we teamed up with the founder of the Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat, and fundraised to get 700 pounds of trash out of the ocean.  In addition, we helped get the approval to launch the next Ocean Cleanup’s Interceptor Boat in the Ballona Creek in Los Angeles.


The Parallel Projects Campaign expanded when we learned 91% of plastic is NOT recycled.  We started a reusable water bottle project to teach help people create new habits with less plastic. I also created a JFP BUSINESS Stamp of Approval to award businesses, such as ECOS and their plastic free, liquidless laundry detergent that care about our planet and future.  My mission with The Parallel Projects campaign is to create change with scientists, businesses, and leaders by changing their minds and hearts to reduce and eliminate plastic in our environment.



My love for frogs keeps me inspired to stay motivated and determined to create positive changes for our planet!


“Kids like Justin have shown that the next generation is refusing to simply stand on the sidelines but instead is turning its passion for helping the planet into projects that have tangible, positive impacts on the environment now,” said Beryl Kay, president of Action for Nature

September 2020


“We’re proud to honor the next generation of young environmental leaders who are helping solve environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator John Busterud. “These students are making a real difference with far-reaching impacts in their communities and future generations.”

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The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.


“I’ve learned that one idea can change the world,” says Justin. “It started out with just me wanting to help the frogs. Now people from all around the world want to clean up the planet with me.”  - Justin


We were so thrilled to recognize our AMAZING change-makers across the country who have done multiple community action projects in the last year! This round of Certificates recognized over 26 change-makers from 12 different states California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon. We are so proud of the impact our members are making in communities big and small all across the country!  -Roots and Shoots


At Reserva: The Youth Land Trust, we empower youth to make a measurable difference in the future of our planet, through projects in three impact areas—conservation, education, and storytelling.

$1,000 for

Frog Conservation

PLAE Shoes Ambassador

 Roots and Shoots

Mini-Grant Award

100 Kid Hero

Go Fund Me Campaigns


Published in

STEAM Journal

 Project Green School 2018 and 2019 Green Difference Award

Ballona Wetlands



Eco-tip Reusable Napkin Winner

Bravery Magazine

Dr. Jane Goodall


 Galileo Innovative Camp Spotlight


Good Kid


 Green City Living Reusable Snack Bags

2018 Kid Hero

Aquarium of Pacific


National Youth Council



Greening Foward

Grant Award


Staples Center 

Behind the Scenes 


Created a Budsie


Shore Buddies


Action for Nature


 Inspiring Stories


 Precious Plastic


Radio and Podcasts





Greening Forward



 My Corner of the Universe


 Born to Talk

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