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Grow Your Skills as a Compassionate Educator

Join Roots & Shoots to empower a new generation of young people who will make compassionate, sustainable, and holistic choices.

‘Growing Compassionate Young Leaders’ is a FREE innovative professional development course on Coursera that teaches participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning project using the Roots & Shoots program model. Through the program, discover the Roots & Shoots Compassionate Traits and how to foster them in youth.

Complete the course and mentor young people to lead change in their communities by mapping needs, collaborating with stakeholders, and designing practical solutions in the form of projects (and learn a lot along the way). Connect young people to Dr. Jane’s message of hope while facilitating a sense of empowerment that comes from helping others.

Course Details:

  • The six-week course now runs year-round so you can take it when it’s convenient for you. Get your training during your poolside summer vacation or save it for your winter break.
  • If something comes up and you fall behind, you’ll be able to return whenever you want and pick up where you left off.
  • Purchasing the course to unlock full materials will result in certificate upon completion.
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Access to more than 13 hours of training and activities with Roots & Shoots staff, service learning experts, and Dr. Jane Goodall.


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I am excited to use what I have learned to explore our community with my students and encourage them to develop a love for their world and an insight as to how they can positively effect it.

Nicola K C 2019 Online Course Participant
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Course participants are leading young people toward real impact for people, other animals, and the environment. Past participants are receiving community awards and media recognition, traveling to the rainforest, making magical projects out of their mini-grants, and starting district-wide initiatives.

Check out some of the amazing service campaigns led by previous course participants:


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