What is service learning?
Many Roots & Shoots groups use service learning during their campaigns, to make a difference for people, animals, and the environment. Service learning is the method of applying classroom or academic learning to a meaningful service project for the community. Learn about the difference between service learning and community service here.
What is compassionate leadership?
Learn what makes a compassionate leader (and why we think it's so important) here.
How does Roots & Shoots fit within the Jane Goodall Institute?
How do I learn more about Dr. Jane?
There are many ways you can learn about Dr. Jane’s story!
- Visit this page to read about Jane’s history and story.
- Follow Dr. Jane as she travels to inspire people all over the world.
- Love watching cool videos? Check out this video produced by our friends at National Geographic. You can also find other videos here.
- Are you more of a book worm? You can look at your local library for many books about Dr. Jane. Some of our favorites are Me...Jane, I am Jane Goodall, and My Life With the Chimpanzees.
How can I keep up with Roots & Shoots and/or JGI news?
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How do I start a Roots & Shoots group?
Roots & Shoots groups come in all shapes and sizes (and ages!) Your group can be your family, friends, your class, or even just you to start. If you’d like some ideas for forming your group, check out the Roots & Shoots Toolkit. Once your group is formed, sign up for free, design your campaign, and submit a project report to show how you are making a difference for people, animals, and the environment.
Does my group have to be a certain size to start a project?
I am not part of an organization/school. Can I still start a project in my community?
Of course! While many of our Roots & Shoots groups are part of a school, it is not required — anyone can start a group! (There are even some inmates who started a Roots & Shoots group in prison!) As long as your group doing something that matters to YOU and making a difference for our world, you can be a Roots & Shoots group.
Can I join a group or project near me?
At this time, we aren't able to facilitate connection between members and group leaders. This is because most groups are individually-managed private groups in school classrooms, after-school programs, or family/neighborhood groups. In order to allow and encourage our younger members to serve as leaders of their Roots & Shoots groups, we protect private information like group location and contact information. However, here's the good news! We know it is important for Roots & Shoots facilitators and members to connect with one another. Right now, we are working on a new version of our website that introduces a messaging feature and discussion board!
Don’t forget, you’re always welcome to design your own project — there are no group size requirements.
What is the minimum age of participants and leaders in a group?
Roots & Shoots is for youth of all ages — there is no age minimum or limit. There are Roots & Shoots “youth” as young as 3 and as old as 90. As long as you are interested in making the world a better place, you can design a project.
Does Roots & Shoots charge a fee to be affiliated?
Nope, it is completely free to join Roots & Shoots.
Can I get involved with Roots & Shoots without starting a group?
Sure! There are many different ways to get involved, like sharing your story or collaborating with your peers on a one-click campaign. Even if you don’t want to start a group, you can still design a campaign that focuses on something that matters to YOU, like Evie who trick-or-treated for donations to help chimpanzees.
Where can I find good example projects for ideas?
A great place to start is to check out the amazing Projects of the Month. You can also browse around the project database for more ideas. There are also great example projects and other activities for your group in the Roots & Shoots Toolkit or on our one-click campaign page.
Does my project have to be completed within a certain timeframe?
Notes: To be eligible for a Roots & Shoots Certificate of Recognition signed by Dr. Jane, you need to complete at least 3 projects within a school year. The Roots & Shoots mini-grants also require that projects be completed and reported by the end of the school year. If you’re thinking of running a multi-year campaign, consider submitting a project report each year to let us know how you’re doing.
Are there any funding opportunities available for my project through Roots & Shoots?
Does my community map have to follow certain guidelines?
Each community map is different, but there are some basic guidelines to help you design your campaign.To view individual steps, check out the “how-to” guide on this page for the type of map you’re making.
Can I find examples of community maps?
How do I report my project?
Just follow these easy steps to report how you made a difference to people, animals, and the environment:
- Create your free Roots & Shoots account.
- Start a project profile.
- Enter your project results, including hours served, number of people served, and the size of your group. If your project isn’t finished, you can always return later to show off how it went.
Check out this guide for more details about reporting your project.
Why should I report my project?
Reporting your campaign success has many benefits! Your project could be chosen as a Project of the Month and you could qualify for a Certificate of Recognition. These are just more reasons for celebration, which is the last step for campaigns!
Where can I find resources for educators?
You can find lots of information, about things such as our free course for educators, mini-grants, and more! Just head over to this page to explore all educator resources.
Are there any professional development opportunities offered for educators?
Roots & Shoots offers a free, online professional development course for educators. Participants are trained to use the Roots & Shoots Formula to lead a service campaign with youth or their peers. It can be taken for a PD certificate or graduate credit (for which there is a fee through the University of Colorado-Boulder.) The course is hosted annually. Find more information about it here.
How can I support Roots & Shoots groups if I am not a part of one?
Can I invite Dr. Jane to speak at my school/organization?
Would you like to have a member of the Roots & Shoots team visit or Skype with your group to talk about the program, starting a group, or the types of world-changing projects that Roots & Shoots youth have done around the world? Invite a member of the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council to inspire your group by filling out this form.
Do you have a flyer I can print?
Yes! Click here.
Am I allowed to use the Roots & Shoots logo freely on project deliverables?
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