Youth Forum mentoring sessions to help aspiring advocates get started

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program will present its 4-Step Formula to make positive change happen for people, animals, and the environment in your community.Looking to get more involved in animal and environmental protection as part of your career?

Hoping to make your initiative helping wildlife, companion animals and people into something more?

Over the next few months, people of all ages can join free online sessions to learn how they can make this a reality on the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife website.

These online sessions are presented by IFAW in partnership with Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Roots & Shoots program, whose first offering is live today, and Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN).

Like IFAW, our partners are committed to helping young people who want to know how they can get involved with helping animals and the environment, but they just don’t know where to start looking for resources.

The Youth Forum for People and Wildlife website features a virtual event space, like a conference, that anyone can join. By registering online, users explore virtual exhibit booths, learn more about wildlife issues, and interact with like-minded individuals from around the world, including 34 leaders in animal welfare and conservation who will attend an in-person conference in September. 

In addition, members on the Youth Forum site will be able to watch educational presentations by global leaders and then participate in question and answer sessions.

Here are a few  of the sessions we have planned:

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program will present its 4-Step Formula to make positive change happen for people, animals, and the environment in your community.

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network will present a series of skills building sessions focused on essential community organizing and advocacy skills:

  • Communications
  • Fundraising
  • Network development

In addition, Dr. Lucy Spelman, from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Creature Conserve, will share her TedX talk, “Art Can Save a Panda,” about how artists can work with scientists and conservationists to help save animals and the environment.


If you haven’t already, please register and share the link with anyone you know who wants to learn more about making a difference for people and animals.  It takes less than a minute to register, and the sessions will provide valuable insights and fundamental skills.

Hope to see you in one of our sessions!

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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Allgood, Country Director, United States
Country Director, United States
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Jason Bell, Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Jimmiel Mandima at IFAW
Deputy Vice President of Conservation
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
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Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
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