Program Roots & Shoots

Our global youth program flourishes in more than 60 countries. Through Roots & Shoots, participants identify and address problems in their communities, while becoming the compassionate citizens that our planet needs.

The Dreamers of Tomorrow Take Action 

In 1991, a group of 12 local teenagers met with Dr. Jane Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, eager to discuss a range of problems they had witnessed in their community. Dr. Goodall was impressed by their compassion, their energy and their desire to develop a solution to problems, and it was with these young people that JGI’s Roots & Shoots was born.

Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s youth-led global community action program, helps young people become the informed generation of compassionate citizens that the world urgently needs. We partner with schools, educators and youth organizations to inspire and educate young people to make a difference on an individual level.

 Youth Who Make a Difference Lead a Movement for Good

Empowering young people to care for the world they inherit is the responsibility of every generation. Through our Roots & Shoots program, we are leading a global movement in conservation by equipping an entire generation of young people to become activated and empowered conservation minded citizens in their daily lives. Now nearly 100 countries strong and growing, Roots & Shoots is an unprecedented multiplying force in conservation and service-based learning, giving young people the knowledge and confidence to act on their beliefs and make a difference by being part of something bigger than themselves.

Photo credits on this page, top to bottom and left to right: JGI/Dana Kuhn, JGI