National Youth Leadership Council

Leaders of Today for Tomorrow

The Compassionate Leaders Our World Needs

The Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) is an example of what is possible when the imagination and passion of young people motivated to make positive change is unleashed.  The NYLC brings together passionate young leaders from around the United States to learn, grow, and collaborate on service projects that make the world a better place.

Students in grades 8-11 join the NYLC to gain valuable skills in service compassionate leadership, receive mentorship from influential leaders, and participate in training to represent Roots & Shoots across the country as they inspire this and the next generation to take action on behalf of people, other animals and the environment we share.

What’s more, members of the NYLC create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

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I remember growing up thinking that I didn’t have any role models that looked like me, or who had the same struggles I did. I hope to be a role model for first generation citizens to show that we do make a difference.

Elizabeth “Eli” Avila Ramirez Santa Barbara, CA
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