Youth Empowerment

Empowering young people to make a difference

Roots & Shoots is a unique program that encourages young people to live sustainable lifestyles and influence those around them to do the same, by developing and working on youth led projects.


What’s the mission?
To foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment.

How it all began

In 1991, Dr Jane Goodall met a group of local teenagers in 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 desire to develop a solution. It was thanks to these young people that Roots and Shoots was born!

Since then, the programme has multiplied many times and can now be found in over 50 countries around the world with hundreds of thousands of young people involved.

Why is the Roots & Shoots program unique:

    • It aims at developing compassionate leaders by inspiring young people to take action.
    • It creates an international network of young people to exchange ideas and best practices.
    • It encourages understanding of different cultures, communities and backgrounds through its global network.
    • It is for all: everybody can start a Roots & Shoots project.

“It’s about rolling up your sleeves, getting there and doing it”
Dr. Jane Goodall

Examples of projects developed by Roots & Shoots groups in Belgium:

hands in ground

Nature workshops

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Clean rubbish along riverside

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Forest in One Day 2018 - Alken

Project 3


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Forest in One Day 2018 - Alken

Project 4

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Get inspiration from the Global Jane Goodall Roots & Shoots website.

Global R&S projects

Find out more about the projects developed by Belgian Roots & Shoots teams.

Projects in Belgium

Discover all the youth teams and schools that JGIB has been or is working with.

Our partners

Start your own Roots & Shoots group

Form your own team and submit your project idea. It must benefit animals, people and the environment in a sustainable way.

We are looking forward to receiving your project idea and helping you develop it!


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