Members of the Roots & Shoots U.S. National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) recently returned home from the "most magical place on Earth!" 

 

In early August, 21 Roots & Shoots Youth Leaders traveled to Walt Disney World Resort, home base for the 2015 U.S. NYLC Summit. While they did have an opportunity to enjoy the park for a little while, most of their time in Orlando was spent collaborating with members of the Jane Goodall Institute's Board of Directors, hearing presentations from partners and friend's of Roots & Shoots, having the opportunity to present on the work we each are doing in our communities around the country for people, animals, and the environment, and studying different aspects of environmental and humanitarian work such as fundraising, public speaking, and non-profit structure/organization.

 

While in Orlando, the group visited Clean the World where together, they sorted and recycled more than 14,000 shampoo, conditioner, and and soap bottles! They also heard from a representative of ECHO, participated in a program through the Disney Youth Education Series, and received an introductory lesson about permaculture from members of the Reed Jules Oppenheimer Foundation.

 

The Roots & Shoots U.S. NYLC brings together passionate youth from all over the country to share their successes and struggles, learn from one another, and collaborate for a better future. Dr. Jane herself was once an ambitious young person full of ideas and the passion to turn them into a reality. The true representatives of the "next generation of Jane Goodalls," these young leaders inspire their peers and bring renewed optimism to the environmental movement...and what better place to find inspiration than Walt Disney World?

 

From the staff at Roots & Shoots USA and the members of the U.S. NYLC who spent the week learning, growing, and having fun, we'd like to send a big THANK YOU to Disney and specifically the office of Corporate Citizenship, Environment, and Conservation at Disney Worldwide Services for making this experience possible.