Roots & Shoots

Inspiring young people of all ages to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and nature.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program is comprised of thousands of young people of all ages inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to work at making the world a better place. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to empower young people to create practical solutions to big challenges:

  • First, they identify challenges for people, animals and the environment in their own communities;
  • Then they collaborate with community leaders and experts to develop a plan to address a specific need;
  • After that, they take action through youth-led projects and service campaigns to carry out their plan and address the need they identified; and
  • Finally, they take stock of the impact of their action, celebrate what they accomplished, and then apply what they learned to the next issue they decide to take on.
  • They also share with other youth undertaking similar projects across the globe to understand the total impact of the Roots & Shoots family

Through this process, young people grow as leaders, become engaged in learning and develop the skills and attitudes to become part of the next generation of Dr. Jane Goodalls.

Roots & Shoots emphasizes the importance of enabling young people connect with one another across national boundaries, religions and cultures. The Roots & Shoots website,, provides members with helpful online tools, allowing them to take action, connect globally and combine forces. Project sharing, social media, blogs e-newsletters and downloadable resources enable youth to creatively and collaboratively take action.

All across the world, active Roots & Shoots members are planting trees, leading public awareness campaigns, saving abandoned animals, helping the homeless, reducing their communities’ waste, protecting clean water and promoting biodiversity, raising funds for earthquake of hurricane victims and many other admirable projects. They are improving our world, one community project at a time.

Program History

In 1991, a group of 12 local teenagers met with Dr. Jane Goodall on her back porch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They were eager to discuss a range of problems they knew about from first-hand experience that caused them deep concern. Dr. Jane was impressed by their compassion, their energy and their desire to develop a solution to problems. It was with these young people that Roots & Shoots was born.

Today, the Roots & Shoots network has blossomed into more than 150,000 members in over 130 countries, all working on local and global service projects.