“You really opened my eyes to what I can do to help my community,” declared a sixth grade student during a recent visit to Thomas Starr King Middle School. The ignition of her passion was lit a few days earlier when her teaching team participated in the Roots & Shoots pilot initiative to bring service learning into middle school classrooms in Los Angeles.
Amanda K., from Cherry Hill, N.J. has been using her passion for protecting chimpanzees and her creativity to raise money to support the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute since she was seven years old. Amanda is now 15 and is still continuing her work today. Recently Amanda was in the JGI headquarters office near Washington, D.C.
Dr. Jane Goodall founded Roots & Shoots on the idea that young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow — they can be leaders TODAY. The Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) is a program for passionate high school students that want to take their service and leadership skills to the next level.
Last week on October 4, Roots & Shoots in Kenya joined thousands of other people in for the International March for Elephants. The International March for Elephants, which promises to be the single largest demonstration for the protection of the species, raised global awareness of the illegal ivory trade and its dire impact on elephant populations.
by Lauren G.
This past summer, I ventured to the open prairies near Capital Reef National Park in Utah to help the US Geological Survey  test a new vaccine to protect prairie dog populations from the plague.
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