National Youth Leadership Council

What is the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)?

Inspired by the mission of Dr Jane Goodall, the National Youth Leadership Council is our youth leadership network. The program provides emerging leaders from around Australia with the opportunity to connect and learn from one another, while inspiring positive change within their communities. 

Throughout the 9-month program, youth leaders from across Australia will be connect with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Australia community through:

  • Peer Learning: Receive science communication training to effectively share research

  • Social Events & Coffee Catch-Ups: Build friendships at in person and online seminars

  • Local volunteering: Volunteer with a Roots & Shoots Team in your state or territory

  • Global Engagement: Learn at diverse year-round professional development events facilitated by our Asia Pacific network

  • Industry Mentoring: Partner with JGIA industry mentors to learn from real-world career experience


Discover what our former NYLC members have to say!

Phuong To (NYLC Member, 2022): 
“I have been able to connect with so many like minded individuals, undertake environmental projects and events and share my love for animals, environment and people through the NYLC”.

Jessica Vize (NYLC Member, 2022): 
“The National Youth Leadership Council is an unforgettable experience, with opportunities to grow as leaders, learn about a variety of opportunities in environmental science and sustainability while making lifelong friendships”.



Any questions about the National Youth Leadership Program?

Please visit the FAQ section at the bottom of this page. 

Become a funding partner

Are you passionate about supporting grassroots environmental initiatives? Join us in expanding our NYLC program and making an even greater impact. If you would like to contribute to our pool of funds or learn more about becoming a funding partner, please contact us at

What is Roots & Shoots Australia?

Roots & Shoots Australia is a movement empowering young environmentalists to make their ideas happen. There are loads of ways to get involved – for kids, young leaders, parents and teachers – from DIY community projects to change-making global campaigns.

Achievements from the 2023 cohort

Eirene (Victoria) & Florence (Tasmania) 

Eirene and Florence engaged in a weekend leadership event in Tasmania, organised by the National Youth Leadership Council coordinators. They both took part in leadership and career development activities, receving mentoring from NYLC alumni, and honed their event creation and planning skills. 

Achievements from the 2022 cohort

Phuong & Jessica (Victoria)

Phuong and Jessica engaged in diverse conservation and leadership development events, including:

  • Attending the Roots & Shoots Victoria Leadership Weekend, featuring workshops by Parks Victoria and Lonely Conservationists.
  • Joining  tree plantings organised by the Conservation Ecology Centre as part of their annual ‘Big Otway Tree Plant’.
  • Delivering an educational seminar at the Learning for Sustainability Conference on the significance of bird-friendly habitats.

When will applications open?

Please stay tuned for updates on when applications for the National Youth Leadership Council will open in early July. We will announce the opening of applications on our website. 

All students and youth leaders aged between 16-24 are eligible to apply.

No previous experience is required, however we welcome applicants who have recently completed or are currently studying environmental science/ conservation degrees, or with relevant work/ volunteer experience.

We will be in touch shortly after applications have closed to let you know if you have been selected. 

Unfortunately you will need to wait until the next NYLC cohort, however, we would love to welcome you to our Roots & Shoots Australia community, through volunteering with our State teams across Australia, Embrace the Wild youth leadership programs or our Mini Grants Program. Reach out to for more information.