Program Roots & Shoots

Our global youth leadership program flourishes in nearly 100 countries. Through Roots & Shoots, participants identify and address problems in their communities, while becoming the compassionate leaders 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 Jane Goodall’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 conservation leaders 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 act as conservation leaders in their daily lives. Now nearly 100 countries strong and growing, Roots & Shoots is an unprecedented multiplying force in conservation, 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