The Roots & Shoots U.S. National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) brings together passionate young leaders from around the United States to learn, grow, and collaborate on service campaigns that make the world a better place. Members of the NYLC are the youth voice of the Jane Goodall Institute USA (JGI) and work to further Dr. Jane Goodall's mission of improving our planet for people, other animals, and the environment.

Students in grades 8-11 join the NYLC to gain valuable skills in service leadership, receive mentorship from influential leaders, and participate in training to represent Roots & Shoots across the country as they inspire the next generation of Jane Goodalls.

What's more, members of the NYLC become a family — creating friendships and memories that last a lifetime.