Roots & Shoots USA Awards 261 Grants to Support Impactful Projects


Through Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots—youth action program of the Jane Goodall Institute—young people everywhere are empowered to see themselves as changemakers in their communities. Members of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots USA use the 🔗 4-Step Formula to create projects that tackle issues they are most passionate about, from equity and inclusion to animal welfare and beyond!

Turning hope into action through Roots & Shoots community projects sometimes takes financial resources. To ensure that is not a barrier to participation in the program and to grow impact, Roots & Shoots offers grants to young people—as well as adult mentors, educators, and caregivers—that increase the impact of their great ideas. In 2022, we increased mini-grant amounts to $250 and added two new funding opportunities: $500 Educator Grants and $1,000 Youth Council Member Grants. In total, we awarded 261 grants in 2022, giving priority to those in underserved and underrepresented communities as well as all members to grow positive local change. Here’s just a snapshot of some of our awardees:

As you can see, when young people are given the opportunities to turn there ideas into action, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish! We are thrilled to be able to offer these additional resources to our inspiring community of changemakers, and this would not have been possible without our dedicated supporters. You can help us continue this work and more at

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About Author

Kira is the communications coordinator for JGI programs at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she supports the team in advancing public engagement with JGI's holistic programs. Kira graduated from Smith College in 2021, majoring in anthropology and minoring in art history, and during her time there she developed a deep interest in the field of anthrozoology. Her interests within this field are broad, and have led her to study elephant iconography in the U.S. and wildlife management in Tanzania. JGI's values and mission as well as the mindset of anthrozoology guide her work, exploring the interactions between humans and other animals in order to promote a healthier coexistence on this shared planet.