‘Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.’
Dr. Jane Goodall
Roots & Shoots began in 1991 when Dr. Jane met with 12 Tanzanian high school students who wanted to tackle urgent problems in their community. Since that meeting, Roots & Shoots groups have multiplied many times over.
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is a youth service program dedicated to making positive change happen for our communities, animals, and the environment. Our mission is to cultivate respect and compassion for all living things, to promote cultural awareness, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place.
With thousands of young people in more than 130 countries, the Roots & Shoots global network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to help make a difference. Our powerful, youth-driven network is a place where youth and adults come together to share ideas and inspiration, implement successful community service projects and participate in special events and global campaigns.
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