JGI Celebrates International Youth Day - August 12, 2011

Join the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots as we celebrate International Youth Day!

For the past two decades, Dr. Jane Goodall and JGI have supported the efforts of young people across the globe who are making this world a better place for people, animals and the environment through Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, JGI’s international youth program.


“Far too many of the world’s more than one billion young people lack the education, freedom and opportunities they deserve. Yet despite these constraints – and in some cases because of them – young people are mobilizing in growing numbers to build a better future.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


The 2011 International Youth Day Theme

As we mark 2011 International Youth Day, we join the United Nations (UN), hundreds of other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people everywhere in recognizing young people around the world who are working to improve the planet for all living things.


The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is “Change Our World.”

The theme calls upon young people from all levels of society to make a global impact.

This year’s International Youth Day also represents the culmination of the International Year of Youth, designated by the United Nations to span the 12-month period between International Youth Day 2010 and 2011, which is also the 25th anniversary of the first International Year of Youth.


JGI’s “Very Own” Addresses Youth at UN Headquarters

Earlier this month, Allison Deines, national director for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, traveled to the UN headquarters in New York City to take part in the International Year of Youth’s International Youth Council’s 9th Assembly. While there, Allison spoke with young people from around the globe about how they can increase the impact of their community projects by setting goals. Other Roots & Shoots staffers also participated at the Assembly’s Millennium Development Goals Campaign night along with organizations such as the WE Campaign, Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity.


Roots & Shoots Celebrates 20 Years

The 25th anniversary of the first International Year of Youth coincides with the 20th anniversary of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. Twenty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students founded Roots & Shoots, which has become a global movement of young people dedicated to creating a better world. Today, in more than 120 countries, Roots & Shoots includes hundreds of thousands of members working together on youth-led service projects to improve communities for people, animals and the environment.

As we celebrate the 2011 International Youth Day and the culmination of the International Year of Youth, JGI applauds young people everywhere who are working to change the world for the better. Today is a call for continual, long-lasting progress in areas of societal development that concern youth. It is not an end, but rather an ongoing effort that we fully support. It is therefore more critical than ever that young people remain actively involved in their neighborhoods, schools and the larger global community.


Pictured Above: Allison Deines, National Director of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, poses for a photo with Roots & Shoots members from China at the International Youth Council’s 9th Annual Assembly at the United Nations.  (Photo: JGI/Shawn Sweeney)

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