YOUth Are The Change: Introducing the 2022 RSNYLC!


Over the last few years, young people have dealt with some of the most difficult aspects of the pandemic. Missing milestones, school, and facing so much hardship, young people showed us that when we work together to tackle life’s biggest challenges, we know that anything is possible. 2022 is brand-new and nothing demonstrates what is possible more than the 2022 Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council!

The RS National Youth Leadership Council (RSNYLC) of Roots & Shoots USA, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute USA (JGI) founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, is a group of young people hand-picked from across the country who are dedicated to making positive change happen in their communities. These remarkable young people show an incredible commitment to the power of community service, and will continue to make a big impact through the RSNYLC.

We’re beyond proud to showcase the members of the 2022 RSNYLC, an amazing group that includes young people from all over the United States who bring their own unique skills, background, and stories to the Roots & Shoots family. This spectacular group is made up of 27 members, including many young people doing unbelievably important work that is truly good for all.

Roots & Shoots 2023 NYLC Across the U.S.!

New Members & Their Projects/Focus Areas

Adelaide K., San Diego, California, Sustainability + Marginalized People – Adrija K., Edison, New Jersey, Education + STEAM – Anna G., Nolensville Tennessee, Sustainability + Pollinators – Asha M., Chandler, Arizona , Endangered Species – Ayushi G., Memphis, Tennessee, Climate Change + Social Justice + Public Health – Caleb O., Gambrills, Maryland, Socioeconomic Equity in STEM – Charlotte X., Plainsboro, New Jersey, Environmental Advocacy + Sustainable Business – Chloe N., Rye Brook, New York, Native Species + school composting – Chloe V., Tucson, Arizona, Volunteerism + Engineering – Claire G. , Orlando, Florida, Gun Violence + Healthcare + Photography Dana A., Kissimmee, Florida, Social Justice + Human Rights – Daniel T., Venice, California, Fossil Fuel Divestment + Biodiversity – Emma H., Pittsboro, North Carolina, Environmental Advocacy + Human Rights – Everett N., Dexter, Michigan, Art + Environmentalism + LGBTQIA+ – Hannah Z., Tuscon, Arizona, Sustainable Diet + Human Health – Kate M., Los Angeles, California, Gun Violence + Diversity & Inclusion – Madailein G., San Marino, California, Animal Welfare + Gender Equality – Margaret N., Osceola, Wisconsin, Education + Plastic Pollution – Ojas P., Round Rock, Texas, STEM + Environmental Engineering – Rhea K., Morganville, New Jersey, Plastic Consumption + Sustainability – Samyukta I, Marietta, Georgia, Social Justice + Equal Access to Education – Sierra S., Sandy, Utah, Social Justice + Environmental Advocacy – Vaidehi P., Round Rock, Texas, Environmental Advocacy + STEM – Victoria S., Huntington, New York, Human Rights + Equity – Virginia J., Pittsboro, North Carolina, Environmental Stewardship + Animal Welfare – William C., Miami, Florida, Climate Change Activism – Yoshino W., San Diego, California, Animal Welfare + Mental Health + Music Therapy – Zachary R., Calabasas, California, Climate Change + Sustainability –

We are so thrilled to see all the amazing ways they change their communities for the better and inspire even more young changemakers over the next 12 months… 

The RSNYLC represents the youth voice of Roots & Shoots (of Jane Goodall Institute USA) and helps to inspire people to be compassionate citizens every single day. Through the program, RSNYLC members gain professional development and support in expanding and implementing their Roots & Shoots service projects, unique opportunities to share their perspectives and projects, mentorship with experts, and even international collaborations including exclusive summits. RSNYLC members are provided fun and comprehensive skills training which consist of public speaking, storytelling, community-mapping, service learning, and digital activism. Past members have gone on to become changemakers in all arenas including the sciences, sustainability, advocacy, and so much more. Alums like Khalifa Stafford have gone on to graduate with degrees in neuroscience working toward a combined Ph.D. and MD to become a physician-scientist. Additionally, alum Raquel I. presented her own TED Talk and has spoken at the United Nations, and Kai Neander has been involved in non-profit health management in Washington DC. Through this leadership program, members unleash their potential and become the compassionate leaders the world needs.  

Through JGI’s Roots & Shoots program, Dr. Goodall and JGI empower young people to improve their communities through service projects, ensuring that they improve their world for people, other animals, and the planet we share. Roots & Shoots exists in over 65 countries around the world and all 50 states, growing a movement that’s good for all. You can become a member for FREE today and start your very own project and group.

About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.