Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth service program for young people of all ages. Our mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.


Leaders from the playground to the boardroom hold the key to shaping the world. To make the world a better place, we have to change the way we make decisions. We need leaders who care about how their actions affect the world we all share.

Roots & Shoots empowers young people to become the type of leaders who will make right choices to build a better world. Through the program, youth lead local change through service while developing skills and traits of compassionate leaders. 



Our compassionate leadership role models 



Hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members all over the world are working to improve their communities and be the kinds of leaders that our world needs. Together, the actions taken by each individual weave together to create a tapestry of hope...a powerful ripple of change. Join us in our mission!

  1. Join us by signing up! Join Roots & Shoots by signing up for a free account on
  2. Start making a difference right away. Get in on these one-click campaigns shared by your global Roots & Shoots peers. Click here to learn more.
  3. Form your own Roots & Shoots team. Decide what kind of Roots & Shoots group you want to have. Groups come in all shapes and sizes...and ages.
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  4. Design your own service campaign to address needs that you care most about. Follow the 4-Step Formula for identifying a Roots & Shoots Campaign that speaks to YOU. Learn all about the Roots & Shoots Formula here. 

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