Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute's international environmental and humanitarian program for youth of all ages. It is a fun and exciting way for young people to learn about problems and issues in their local communities and then discover ways to make the world a better place. All projects are focused on improving the lives of people, animals and the environment. Kids who belong to Roots & Shoots groups have the opportunity to network with R&S members from around the world to learn about other cultures and gain a deeper understanding of the global impact of their actions. Learn more.
Our history, flexibility, international network and youth-driven programs.
History: Our roots are unique and special. We were founded by 16 Tanzanian students and Dr. Jane Goodall in 1991. We continue to be inspired by the leadership and legacy of Dr. Jane. Her pioneering idea that each individual can make a difference is the foundation of Roots & Shoots. Learn more about our history.
Flexibility: Our learning model of knowledge, compassion, action provides a flexible structure for group activities, with room for seemingly endless creativity in application. Our members have formed Roots & Shoots groups in almost any context: classrooms, home school groups, families, neighborhoods, community centers, zoos and nature centers, museums, 4-H clubs, scout troops, even prisons.
International network: Roots & Shoots members on every continent, and in almost 100 countries, make connections far beyond their home communities, fostering a better understanding of cultures and ecosystems.
Youth-driven projects: We believe young people have the power to make a difference, and we offer our groups the tools and inspiration they need to plan and implement projects that are truly youth-led. We incorporate our young members' perspective into our regional and national strategic planning and foster leadership skills through opportunities such as the Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership Councils.
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