Education and Youth Development
Education and youth development programs represent the foundation of ConocoPhillips' philanthropic support. We believe that connecting with young people on important issues affecting their communities is crucial to bringing about meaningful change, and this is why we direct more than half of our annual contributions toward young people around the world.
The Light and Love School
The Light & Love School is a non-profit school providing education, accommodation and psychological guidance for orphaned, severely underprivileged and homeless children in migrant communities in Beijing. ConocoPhillips has supported the school through financial donations and employee volunteer services since 2005.
Through 2015, recordable donations to the school reached a total of over RMB 6 million (approx. US $980,000). These funds facilitated the development of a permanent school campus to house over 100 students with classrooms, dormitories, education, medical care and other needed facilities. So far, over 700 children have benefited from this program.
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Providing a home and hope
Jelly Jam Environmental Education Programs
In 2002, ConocoPhillips China began encouraging employees to volunteer for our “Jelly Jam” program. Jelly Jam is a cartoon rabbit who reminds people to protect the environment. Through the course, students learn about water conservation and pollution, air pollution and low carbon transportation, as well as other topics related to environmental protection.
The program is taught with an emphasis on interaction and participation, and applying the lessons learned to students’ everyday lives. Students are encouraged to contribute in a wide variety of ways, whether this is through group discussions, drawing pictures, making handy crafts or theatrical performance. We think of Jelly Jam students as “environmental protection angels”.
Volunteers learn to become teachers under the guidance of more experienced volunteers and through reading our teacher’s handbook. ConocoPhillips China volunteers go to schools in Beijing, Tanggu and Shenzhen where the company has operations and offices, helping students in primary schools and kindergartens become better environmental citizens by learning from Jelly Jam.
Since launching of the project, participation of employees is very high. Schools and kindergartens are also very welcome.Thousands of children participated in this class.
Roots and Shoots
The Jane Goodall Institute reaches out to young people, from primary to university level through the Roots & Shoots Environmental Education Program. From 2013 to 2015, ConocoPhillips invested RMB 3.3 million (approx. US $530,000) to support two key Roots & Shoots projects: the Clear Water Education Project and the Migrant Children Environmental Education Project (MCEE).