NYLC are the youth voice of R&S New Zealand dedicated to making positive change happen for people, animals, and the environment. Leaders set to learn, grow, and collaborate on campaigns that make the world a better place.

Our Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) is made up of a passionate group of young people from around New Zealand who are dedicated to making positive change happen for people, animals, and the environment.

JGI NZ NYLC members have the opportunity to be part of a network of likeminded young people working together to address the issues that they’re most passionate about. In this role they represent Roots & Shoots, develop and implement campaigns and resources, meet regularly with other Youth Leaders, connect with students and the wider community, develop professional skills and networks, attend and organise events, and participate in key global campaigns. The NYLC is designed to be driven by young people!

Join the NYLC!

Our applications to join the JGI NZ National Youth Leadership Council are now open for 2019.

If you are keen to join us and get involved, are 18-24 years old and resident in New Zealand - Apply now!

Apply to Join the NYLC

Meet The Current National Leadership Council

Amber - 22, Wellington

Nature has always been my greatest passion. Its wonders have intrigued me since I was small and it never ceases to amaze and inspire me. It is incredibly important that I do my part in protecting it, through my lifestyle, learning what I can through my degree in ecology and biodiversity, and volunteer work in conservation.

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” - Dr. Jane Goodall
I was first inspired by Jane at the age of 14, when I discovered her book in an op shop and instantly fascinated with her story. She inspires my drive to help educate and inspire others, on what is happening to the environment and what we can do to help look after it.
We have to respect the Earth and look after each other, give vulnerable species a chance and leave future generations a planet full of the natural wonders and privileges we share today. We all have the power to make change happen that benefits everyone.

Rachel - 21, Auckland

I am passionate about inspiring people and collaborating with others to work on the shared goal of improving our environment for the next generation. Young people have great creativity and vision which is often not bounded by policies and regulations. This means that the intentions of young people are true and ambitious. Young people have power especially when we work together.  I believe that working together is the key to making long lasting positive environmental change. When we work together we gain strength and skills. It is important that we work towards creating a world which has less exploitation and more of living within our means. We do this by conserving our land and our animals, so the ecological balance of the area is maintained.

Debbie - 22, Auckland

As Dr. Jane has said, “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” From a young age, her iconic environmental legacy has shaped my journey as a digital storyteller, advocate for the Global Goals, and social entrepreneur. I am so excited to represent youth as part of the NYLC and inspire action for animals and the environment. Using my skills in media and communications, and my experiences in changemaking, I hope to help people learn more about their potential to make a positive impact. Whether big or small, we have the power to choose to make a difference for New Zealand and for our planet.

Liam - 22, Wellington

I think young leaders can help create the world they want to see through social innovation and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.  They can develop technologies, trends, communication/education techniques, and ways of living that become part of our everyday life. I am most passionate about communicating the importance of sustainability through SDGs and getting young people involved in businesses that have a social conscience (especially across cultures). I think there is huge potential for young people to find a future in creating a better world no matter where they are from.

Nila - 19, Palmerston North

As Dr Jane herself has said: "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." I believe that the world's most pressing problems can only be addressed by the cumulative change of attitude and behaviour of individuals working together in communities. Community engagement, youth leadership and helping those that cannot so easily help themselves are all causes that I feel a strong connection to. And hence it is with passion, pleasure and pride that I strive to share these values, and fully embrace them myself, through the NYLC and national Roots & Shoots programme.

Libby - 19, Dunedin

For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about the environment and all the creatures that share this world with us. For almost as long, I have admired the work of Dr Jane and everything that she has done not only for our beautiful planet, the chimps of Gombe and for local people but for women in science. Dr Jane shows all of us that with a passion, you can change the world. She really is an inspiration. I am so excited to be a part of JGI NZ and the NYLC as I believe this will be a great opportunity to expand my environmental platform, provide many new opportunities for leadership and learning and most importantly, to make a difference. I can leave my school and community more environmentally friendly than I found it, then that would mean a lot to me. Via the NYLC, I hope to inspire other young people in my community through spending time and giving back to them, the schools and places that have done so much for me. I hope to go further with new projects than I have ever gone before, learn more about leadership and science and to collaborate with other passionate people. Being part of JGI is a once and a lifetime opportunity and I intend to do everything to use this as a tool to create positive change!

Sathsarinie - 20, Auckland

I'm passionate about sustainability and everyone doing their bit to make a difference in the longer run. I'm excited to see what opportunities and differences we can make as a team through being part of the National Youth Leadership Council of JGINZ.

Previous NYLC Members

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Find out more about the Bye Bye Plastic Bag Campaign