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Help grow the next generation of Dr. Jane Goodalls...compassionate young leaders who will make better decisions for our world and ensure a rich and healthy future for people, animals, and the envrionment.

Since 2014, more than 6,000 educators have registered for the Roots & Shoots online course, many of whom are now experts in the Roots & Shoots service learning model.

Growing Compassionate Young Leaders is an innovative, online, professional development course that is free and open to everyone. The course teaches participants how to identify and implement a local service learning campaign using the Roots & Shoots program model. 

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 campaigns (and learn a lot along the way). Connect young people to Dr. Goodall’s message of hope while facilitating a sense of empowerment that comes from helping others.

Dr. Jane joins as a special guest instructor!

  • Instruction on how to inspire and activate young people as you lead them in a service learning campaign
  • Discover the traits of a compassionate leader and how to foster them in your youth
  • Access to more than 13 hours of training and activities with Roots & Shoots staff and service learning experts
  • Curriculum materials, lesson plans, activity guides, and tutorials
  • You'll be eligible to receive funding, classroom kits, and other support 
  • Access to a global network of change-makers like you 
  • A professional development certificate or graduate credit (additional fee required, more information coming soon)


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:


2017 course details including dates and registration will be announced very soon. However, we can share some big news with you right now! New this year, the online course will start every 2 weeks so you can take it whenever you want. 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. Don't miss registration, click below to request an email when course information is announced.