Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council Training
For the last decade, the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has provided highly motivated and dedicated young leaders throughout the United States with the training, resources and opportunities they need to develop into community leaders who create positive change in their own backyards and around the world. These youth leaders emerge at the forefront of the next generation of responsible global citizens, working to protect and improve communities for people, animals, and the environment we all share.
Since the beginning of 2013, when JGI welcomed the 29 current members of the NYLC, these young leaders have taken part in a number of Web-based trainings to advance their leadership skills. The workshop topics included:
- Inside the Nonprofit – an exploration of nonprofit development and management with Mary Humphrey, JGI’s chief executive officer;
- Blogger Bootcamp – a training to learn best Web writing practices and how to get the word out via social media; and
- Fundraising in the Digital Age – a discussion on leveraging the Web to raise funds in support of community projects.
The Council’s level of engagement is a true indicator of the Roots & Shoots’ members commitment to their communities. In the first four months of the year, the Council members have already completed:
- 64 speaking engagements through public presentations, interviews and workshops;
- 139 projects/campaigns for people, animals and the environment; and contributed
- 1,377 volunteer hours in their communities.
During the remainder of 2013, the youth leaders will continue their involvement in the Council through additional leadership training experiences, including a trip to New York City for the International Youth Leadership Assembly at the United Nations. Once there, they will join several hundred youth from around the world to learn about the eight UN Millennium Development Goals and attend special presentations, workshops and educational outings. They will also take part in a service project at the United Nations and other locations in New York City.
If you know a highly motivated high school student who has been involved in Roots & Shoots who would make a dedicated contribution to the NYLC, please click here for more information.