Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. 

Using the Roots & Shoots 4-Step model, young people map their communities to identify local needs, prioritize their findings and implement a service campaign of their choice to make a difference for the issues they are most passionate about.

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1. WE ARE AT 130 COUNTRIES AND COUNTING..AND WE NEED YOU TO HELP US GROW!
Roots & Shoots began in 1991 with a group of 12 students in Tanzania who were concerned about their environment. Since then, we have grown to over 150,000 members in 130 countries!

2. YOU GET TO ADDRESS REAL ISSUES IN YOUR COMMUNITY 
Roots & Shoots groups carry out locally and globally-based service projects in a variety of places all over the world. These groups get to address the issues that they think are relevant in their community. As long as it involves the human community, the animal community, or the environment, it can be a Roots & Shoots project!

3. OUR YOUTH BLOSSOM INTO LEADERS LIKE JANE GOODALL 
Roots & Shoots is Dr. Jane’s youth-focused organization. She travels around the world meeting with different groups and sometimes attending their annual leadership conferences. If you grew up aspiring to be Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots is a great place to start!

4. YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY (or not, if that's not your thing)
Roots & Shoots projects have included everything from tree planting, beekeeping, and habitat beautification, to fairs and festivals, education, and community trips. There’s something at Roots & Shoots for everyone. 

5. FRIENDS WITH A JOINT PURPOSE ARE THE BEST KIND
Joining a Roots & Shoots group is a great way to meet people in your community that care about the same things you do. You also become part of an international community of youth that want to make a difference - and you strengthen the human population without even trying!

 6. WE HAVE THE TOOLS TO TEACH YOU HOW TO LEAD AN AWESOME ROOTS & SHOOTS GROUP
We have developed an online course, a toolkit, and more to help you through the Roots & Shoots process. If you’re a teacher, parent, community leader, or even a student, you have the opportunity to be an effective Roots & Shoots leader in your community with our resources.



Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action all while developing the skills and attitudes to become part of the next generation of Dr. Jane Goodalls.