Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Youth Council USA

Leaders of Today for Tomorrow

The Compassionate Leaders Our World Needs

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Youth Council USA (previously the RS National Youth Leadership Council) is an example of what is possible when the imagination and passion of young people to make positive change is unleashed. Since 1991, Dr. Jane and JGI’s Roots & Shoots have inspired generations of young people like you to take action and create change. Today, in the face of challenging times, you are a beacon of hope and we want your spark to light up the whole world.

The Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Youth Council USA is a chance to be part of a group of passionate young leaders from across the United States while learning, growing, and collaborating for impact. What’s more, members of the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Youth Council USA create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

The application for the 2024 Roots & Shoots Youth Council USA is open right now!

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The deadline to submit your application is October 28, 2023 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

*Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots USA opportunities are housed and managed on Submittable, a secure third-party submission platform. To apply for the 2024 R&S Youth Council or other R&S opportunities (like grants to fund your R&S project), you will be asked to create a free account on Submittable.

When you join Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Youth Council USA, you will:

  • Gain essential, resume-building skills in creating impactful community projects;
  • Grow your compassionate traits as you support other young people as changemakers;
  • Be mentored by influential leaders and experts across fields;
  • Participate in media training and learn how to use digital tools to inspire action;
  • Learn how to tell your story, to present on issues you care about, and to connect people to your passions;
  • Represent Roots & Shoots across the country (and in some instances, globally!) for events and media and;
  • Inspire this and the next generation to take action on behalf of people, other animals and the environment we share.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Young people ages 14-22, who are current residents of the United States.
  • Inspired young Roots & Shoots members, who are implementing a project to solve a problem, and/or part of a local Roots & Shoots group or other service organizations.
  • Youth who are passionate about the work of Roots & Shoots and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), as well as excited about being mentors to the Roots & Shoots network and the youth voice of JGI.

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I remember growing up thinking that I didn’t have any role models that looked like me, or who had the same struggles I did. I hope to be a role model for first generation citizens to show that we do make a difference.

Elizabeth “Eli” Avila Ramirez Santa Barbara, CA
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